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Save this majestic Samaan
The Samaan tree, as we know it, a
majestic, evergreen, protected, sprawl-
ing species that provides shade and
beauty, can be seen in many places
exhibiting its powerful presence. One
of the places this tree is found is in the
3rd Company Cemetery, opposite Per-
ry Young road, Indian Walk, Moruga.
Many people seek its shelter on the
occasions of funerals. Unfortunately,
that tree is covered with the epiphytic
pine. Those pines act as containers/
reservoirs for water whenever rain
falls. That is additional weight the
long, near-horizontal branches must
That is a potential hazard to life and
limb since branches can come crashing
down. An example of this possible ca-
tastrophe was seen three weeks ago
and was well reported in the dailies
of a Milk Wood tree falling across the
road disrupting electricity, telephone
and cable services. Houses and vehi-
cles were also damaged.
I now call upon the relevant au-
thority to be proactive and clear the
Samaan tree of this unsightly parasite
and please do not wait for some disas-
ter to occur. Ironically, all the agencies
that the owner of the Milk Wood tree
repeatedly asked for help, to no avail,
were most present when the disaster
occurred. Let not that scenario play
out again. Thank you.
A case of good cop bad cop
Dear Mr Commissioner of Police,
It gives me no pleasure writing to
you on the subject matter but this
action is born out of frustration.
I have been a resident of Pioneer
Drive, Petit Valley for over 30 years.
For about one year now, myself and
several other residents, at different
times, had been calling officers of the
West End Police Station to investi-
gate and/or assist a woman who we
strongly believe is not of sound mind
and is apparently being held against
her will by a man who moved onto a
vacant piece of property and began
squatting in a shack with no pipe
borne water or electricity.
Several times we will individually
call the West End Police Station let-
ting them know that the woman was
being badly beaten by the man as
from where we live we can easily see
and hear what was transpiring.
The man will leave the premises
daily with the woman locked inside
the yard surrounded by a galvanize
fence, with big padlocks to the front.
Her loud cries for help on a daily
basis were sufficient for residents to
try to assist. She would literally beg
passers-by, young or old, to assist in
getting her out from the property and
to call the police as she was being
Lately, the beatings on the woman
have been so severe that most, if not
all, of her teeth have been knocked
out; her entire skin is blue black from
the beatings. Again reports were
made and no officer from West End
seemed to care, always saying that
they will deal with the report.
Last Friday, (June 30) several
residents heard the woman again
begging for help while crying.
One neighbour called the Four
Roads Police Station and an officer,
who identified himself, answered. The
resident told him what was happen-
ing and he said he too was hearing
the woman crying, begging for help in
the back ground. The neighbour told
him that there was no response from
That officer seemed very concerned
as he repeatedly said he was hearing
what was happening.
The officer was told that very
soon Homicide Bureau may have to
respond and we the residents were
only seeking help for the woman and
prevent such an occurrence.
He, however advised that West
End Station be contacted as that area
of Petit Valley falls under that sta-
tion's jurisdiction. He also said should
there be no response, to call him back.
The resident called West End and a
corporal answered. While explaining
the situation the corporal suddenly
said he had to deal with a "critical
matter" and someone else will speak
to the resident.
He then passed the phone to a
police constable who identified him-
self. That officer was told what was
happening and he said he will call a
vehicle which was outside "to pass"
and see what was happening.
The resident told him that was
not satisfactory and that the police
needed to come and take action im-
The resident then re-contacted the
officer at Four Roads, as requested,
who advised that he will follow-up.
Again no one responded.
The following day, (Saturday July
1) one resident contacted St James
Police Station and spoke with one Sgt
Harford who was informed of what
was happening and the history of the
Within an hour, Sgt Harford and
other officers whose name we sub-
sequently found out to be WPC Babb
and PC Morris, arrived, got help from
a resident and gained access into the
compound. They literally had to use
sledgehammers to gain access. They
eventually rescued the dazed and
barefooted woman and took her
Residents of the area could not
stop thanking Sgt Harford and the
other officers enough for what they
did.In this regard we, the residents,
would like you as Commissioner, to
commend Sgt Harford for taking
interest and leading this operation in
such a swift and effective manner.
Finally Mr Commissioner, we are
convinced that you, your executive
and most divisional supervisors and
commanders are making a daily and
genuine effort in the commitment to
revamp, transform and re-build the
Police Service, to foster and re-gain
trust among citizens who may be
willing to share information. But there
are junior officers, many of whom are
calling themselves "detectives," who
are simply not embracing that change.
Once again, we the residents do
hope that Sgt Harford be commended
for his swift action and that some of-
ficers of West End be guided accord-
ingly as to proper procedures when
people make reports at the station.
Residents of Pioneer Drive
Best All-round Cadet Jaden Garcia receives his award from Vel Lewis,
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, at the Military-
led Academic Training Programme (MILAT) Graduation Parade at Teteron
Barracks, Chaguaramas, on Saturday. PHOTO: ANISTO ALVES
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