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December 7 - 2016
Crime surge very troubling
CHAMBER WANTS URGENT MEETING WITH TOBAGO ACP
... meeting political parties ahead of THA elections too
The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of
Industry's Tobago Division has agreed to
break tradition and publicly meet with all
political parties who will be contesting the
upcoming Tobago House of Assembly elec-
tions next year, chairman, Demi John
Cruickshank said yesterday.
"We have had several public calls for the
Chamber to meet with political parties before
the elections and for the first time we will
meet with them to hear their plans for Toba-
go," he told Tobago Today.
He said the calls for a meeting began
pouring in from leader of the People's Dem-
ocratic Patriots leader Watson Duke.
"I want to say now we are not endorsing
anybody, we just want to accede to their
requests and allow them to make presenta-
tions on their plans for the island," Cruick-
The meetings are as follows:
December 6 -
People's Democratic Patriots
December 7 - Tobago Forwards
December 8 -
People's National Movement.
Cruickshank said the Chamber is in the
process of contacting the political party
Movement for Transformation led by Udine
Job-Davis to set a date to meet with them.
The other two parties on the island, Plat-
form for Truth led by former Chief Secretary
Hochoy Charles and the Tobago Organisation
of the People led by former Minority Lead-
er Ashworth Jack, have not yet indicated an
interest in contesting the upcoming election.
A scenic view of the Botanical
Gardens in Scarborough on
the weekend, after it was lit
up by the Tobago House of
Assembly in recognition of
the Christmas season.
Photo courtesy Information
Division, Office of the Chief
The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of
Industry and Commerce is admitting that
a recent spate of brazen daylight robberies
on businesses now has its members worried
ahead of the final phase of the busy Christ-
Contacted on the matte yesterday, in the
wake of the latest two robberies and the
island's fourth murder (See page 6), president
Demi John Cruickshank said "the recent
spate of violent crimes on the island is of
major concern to the business community"
and had prompted them to take some action.
"We have written a letter to Acting Assis-
tant Commissioner of Police Tobago Division
Garfield Moore asking for an urgent meeting
to discuss the handling of crime on the island
and hope he meets with us within a few
days," Cruickshank said.
He added, "The crime situation is very
He noted that the traffic congestion in
Scarborough will also be discussed at that
Meanwhile, Assistant Superintendent of
Police (ASP) Joanne Archie is using the social
media platform Facebook to warn the busi-
ness community that they should not keep
large sums of cash during the day. She said
the police will provide escort services to the
business community if they are moving large
sums of cash.
In relation to personal safety, she advised
citizens to use cards instead of cash and be
aware of their surroundings at all times.
"... Beware of suspicious surroundings,
suspicious people and suspicious vehicles,"
Archie said in the Facebook video post.
The chamber's act comes in the wake of
the recent attacks by bandits on their mem-
bers, and concerns about the police's handling
of at least one crime scene.
The concerns were raised after armed
Kadds Supermarket and attempted to rob
patrons at the nearby Caffé Mia restaurant
Eyewitnesses at Caffé Mia praised the
police for arriving in record time, but claimed
they subsequently "messed up the crime
The activity at the café, which was caught
on video, a copy of which was obtained by
Tobago Today, showed one of the assailants
pointing a gun at four foreigners sitting on
the restaurant's patio.
"We were sitting there and this guy who
was running pulled out his gun and point-
ed it at us. When money fell out of his
pocket he bent to pick it up and we fled,"
one of the victims, who did not want to be
identified, told Tobago Today.
"We called the police twice and continued
hiding in the bushes until the police came
within 5-10 minutes. When we entered the
restaurant after we were surprised to see the
police did not wear gloves or dust for fin-
Officers allegedly picked up money which
fell from the bandits and put it on the bar
counter and did not question the victims of
Tobago Today spoke with another person
who saw the bandits running down the road
brandishing their guns as money fell out of
their pockets. That eyewitness corroborated
the story by the first witness relating to the
speed with which the police arrived on the
"I hid when I saw the men running and
one man shouting to the next to hurry up.
Only then I knew what was happening and
I was afraid of being a target," the eyewitness
"I saw the police picking up money that
fell out of the guys' pockets with their bare
hands and they did not even cordon off the
area as cars were flowing freely on the road-
He expressed surprise that the police did
not search any of the houses "as the bandits
could have been nearby."
"I was pleased they came so fast, within
five minutes, but what they did when they
came did not make much sense. The bandits
were not wearing gloves and I would have
thought the police would have dusted for
fingerprints or even look for spent shells,
but instead they just messed up the scene,"
the eyewitness said.
Contacted for a comment on the actions
of the police, Ag. ACP Garfield Moore said
he had no information on the matter.
"I really cannot comment on it because I
have no idea of what you are speaking about
so I really cannot comment," Moore said.
Calls to ASP Archie went unanswered.
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