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CLOSURE OF PRINCE ALBERT STREET
The Public is hereby notified that Prince Albert Street,
off Cipero Road, San Fernando will be closed from the
18th August 2013 to the 2nd September 2013 to facil-
itate the construction of a Concrete Bridge
ALTERNATIVE ACCESS ROUTES:
Residents/Visitors can access Prince Albert Street
either from Cipero Road or from Chaconia Avenue
Palo Seco Agricultural Enterprises Limited
apologizes for the inconvenience caused
Residents of Duncan Street,
Port-of-Spain, are welcoming
the Government s decision to set
up a police/Defence Force post
in the area and are now awaiting
the next move.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar visited the crime-ridden
area in the capital on Thursday
and announced that the joint post
will be set up at Building 64.
The move comes after weeks
of gang rivalry that resulted in
the killing of several residents,
the latest teenagers Niam Antoine
and his cousin Rasheeda Gomez,
by gunmen on Wednesday.
Asked how he felt about the
Prime Minister s visit and her
plan to set up a police post in the
area, Nolan Sandy, who was
recently evicted from his house
by gang members, said, "Her visit
was a positive thing. It shows
concern. People will definitely
respond to that.
"We re just waiting on the fol-
low-up now; how she will act.
Everybody wondering what is the
Sandy is the contractor on a
Government project to build a
basketball court on Duncan
There are three Government
projects in the area and the con-
sensus among residents is that it
was the distribution of contracts
which had led to the escalation
in gang warfare.
Members of a gang evicted
Sandy, his daughter and five-year
old granddaughter from his Hous-
ing Development Corporation
(HDC) apartment and occupied
it.Asked where he is living now,
he replied, "I am not living. I am
But he added, "The police post
will reduce the war drastically.
Once there is a strong force
around, they will just stop their
Hazel Smith, a Duncan Street
community activist, said residents
were now seeing a ray of hope
with the imminent police/army
"I think law-abiding citizens
are seeing some hope. I believe
that kind of intervention will cer-
tainly calm things down. More
young men will remain alive and
there will be no sound of artillery
all night and day," she said.
Smith said when she was
younger she had worked as a dis-
trict superintendent in a New
York State Department of Cor-
rection youth programme, and
had interacted with members of
the Bloods and the Crips, feared
American street gangs, but had
never seen the level of gang rivalry
she was now seeing at Duncan
"I worked in New York and
have never seen them putting
people out of their houses. I know
it will not be tolerated (in New York)."
She said the PM s visit was a bit
late but positive.
"If the law is enforced like it s sup-
posed to be, I think the criminal activ-
ities will change quickly."
Smith said, however, that the Gov-
ernment needs to stop contract proj-
ects in the area and introduce more
structured, sustainable work pro-
grammes with parole officers moni-
She said the gangs constitute a
"handful" of residents and the rest
were law abiding people.
"We have teachers, army men, busi-
nessmen, casino managers, farmers,
professionals on Duncan Street who
go to work every day."
Lennox Smith, of Laventille for
Laventillians, said a constant police
presence on Duncan Street would cer-
tainly bring some peace and quiet. He
said the miscreants time temporary
police posts and the minute they are
moved, a murder usually occurs.
The phenomenal crime spike on
Duncan Street is the result of a num-
ber of complex issues, contract work
being one of them, he said.
Residents are so territorial that the
lower end of a street wars with the
upper end, Smith said. He noted that
last Wednesday s murders stemmed
from a gang member committing the
cardinal sin of defecting from Duncan
to Nelson Street.
He described the gang warfare on
Duncan Street (before the police inter-
vention) as intractable and said retal-
iation killings were sure to follow last
Wednesday s slayings.
Duncan Street welcomes proposal for continuing police presence
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissesar greets residents of Duncan Street, East Port-of-Spain, on her arrival for a
walkabout of the area that has had a spate of gang violence. PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
Residents see ray of hope
Legal AffAIrs Minister Prakash Ramadhar, second from right, and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister
Rodger Samuel, right, greet East Port-of-Spain residents during a visit of the area with the Prime Minister on
Thursday. PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
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