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other urban areas
come to certain areas
in Orange Field, Chase
where they resettle for
a period and con-
tribute to gang activity
in the district, says
Couva North MP
"All the gangs in the
country are intercon-
nected. Their network-
ing on the ground is very strong," she said.
Ramdial was responding to questions from the
T&T Guardian about yesterday s shootout in an
area of the Orange Field Road, called "The Wall".
Ramdial identified other crime areas in her con-
stituency like Wyabi, Waterloo and Brickfield.
"I am aware of gang activity in Couva North,"
She said she worked closely with Central Division
head, Senior Supt Johnnie Abraham, in fighting
crime in the area.
"Between 2012 and 2013 we formed a team, spear-
headed by Abraham, and established a series of
community police groups throughout Couva North."
Ramdial said she had also spoken to National
Security Minister Gary Griffith about the high crime
rate in her constituency as well as acting Commis-
sioner of Police Stephen Williams.
The T&T Guardian visited the scene of the
shootout yesterday and found a ray of hope amidst
the reports of violence, teen pregnancies and drug
A stone s throw from "The Wall", at the corner
of Mungal Street, another notorious drugs area,
stood the Life Hope Centre.
Office manager Gweneth Stuart and Seventh-
Day Adventist pastor Cliff Shameerudeen were busy
at work. About 20 young children visit the centre
every afternoon from Monday to Thursday for help
with their homework.
"We are trying to work with them at a tender
age. We teach them about honesty, respecting other
people s property and bullying," Stuart said.
Young people and parents, from 16 to 60, are
also given free computer literacy courses to help
them get better jobs, she added.
Shameerudeen said he knew of two schoolgirls
who were pregnant and said young people came
to the centre daily asking for counselling.
"We are making a difference. We are now begin-
ning to reach those more at risk," Stuart said.
The centre, set up in the area a year ago, is begin-
ning to be a familiar and trusted place.
The centre has hosted a child protection workshop
in Brickfield and parenting and self-esteem sessions
for children at the office. (YB)
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Shootings as cops
move into 'The Wall'
Trou Macaque, Laventille, resident Dylan
Mason, 20, was shot dead by Central Divi-
sion police during a shootout early yes-
terday morning in a reputed drug area,
called "The Wall", in Orange Field, Chase
A police constable was also shot in the
left arm in the process and had to be treated
at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Com-
plex, Mt Hope.
The shootout occurred after police from
the division s Task Force, CID and Homicide
Investigation departments went to Lion
Drive, popularly called "The Wall". around
4.30 am to execute a search warrant after
several reports of shootings in the area last
On Tuesday night, Paul Williams, of Edin-
burgh 500, was shot in the shoulder while
sitting in his car on Mission Road, Freeport.
Yesterday Mason reportedly fired at the
police as they approached a house in "The
Wall". The police fired back, hitting Mason.
Mason and PC Rambarran were both
taken to the Chaguanas Health Facility,
where Mason was pronounced dead. Ram-
barran was referred to the EWMSC for fur-
Five men were arrested, one in connection
with the murder of Biche gardener Devanand
Bholai on March 16 and the others in relation
to several shootings in the Port-of-Spain
Two magazines, one with 30 rounds of
ammunition, were seized.
Last week, Antonio Swan, also wanted
in connection with Bholai s murder, was
shot dead by Central Division police in Con-
cerned Citizens Street, California.
"The Wall" was almost deserted when
the T&T Guardian visited the area yesterday
The area comprises two long brick walls,
between 50 and 100 metres in length, and
wide enough for one car to pass through,
much like crime hot spots in Sea Lots and
At the end of "The Wall" is Lion s Drive,
a notorious crime hotspot on the Orange
Field Road. The road leads to the 85-foot
Hanuman murti, the Indian Caribbean
Museum and the Temple in the Sea, Central
Some residents said they heard gunshots
during the night and were now terrified to
walk the streets after dark. The T&T
Guardian was told a group of women were
praying while shots were being fired Tuesday
night, reportedly by rival gangs.
"They disbanded their weekly prayer
meetings because they are afraid to leave
their houses," a resident said.
Well-placed sources said "The Wall" is
one of several drugs blocks in Orange Field,
including Wyabi Roopsingh Road, Brickfield,
near the Kali Temple; Bholai Trace East and
in the Orange Valley, Carli Bay, area.
"Drugs are brought from the sea and up
river, from Felicity right down to Carli Bay,
which has the only sand beach along this
part of the west coast," the source said.
A series of interconnected roads in the
area provide an advantage for criminals,
many of whom are seen in Muslim wear
and going to the mosque.
Criminals from Port-of-Spain migrate to
the area when things are hot in the north
and continue their illicit activities, the source
In Temple Street, a series of squatters
huts dot an isolated area near the forest.
The area is a reputed criminal hideout.
The source said one criminal in Orange
Field dug a moat around his house and filled
it with water to ward off the police. Law-
abiding citizens, who are frequently robbed,
have erected high electric fences.
Citing some instances of break-ins, he
said: "About $50,000 in materials the Water
and Sewerage Authority placed near Mungal
Street for a project was stolen.
"They stole the steel for the construction
of a church and broke the wall of a resident s
house with a sledgehammer."
Teenage pregnancies and drug addiction
were common in the area, he said.
during a tribute
to Lord Ganesh at
the Baal Vikaas
Hindu School on
Tuesday. It was
TRIBUTE TO GANESH
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