ODPM issues warning: Start sandbagging if living along Caroni River Basin

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising persons residing in low-lying areas with a history of flooding, to commence precautionary measures to reduce the impact of flash and riverine flooding.

Communities with a history of flooding, especially along the Caroni River Basin are urged to commence sandbagging and to take the necessary steps to preserve life and property.

The ODPM says persons should remain alert for rising river levels and possible over-spill.

Petit Valley teenager missing

Police are seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 16-year-old Shaniel Peters.

Peters, of Hibiscus Drive, Petit Valley, was last seen around 7:30 am, on Wednesday.

She was reported missing to the Four Roads Police Station around 8 am on Thursday 18th October, 2018 by her father.

Shaniel is of mixed descent, 5 feet 4 inches tall, slim built, with a light brown complexion and a relaxed hairstyle.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shaniel Peters is asked to contact the police at 999, 555, 911 or any police station or call 800-TIPS.

Two in court for wasting police time

Two men are ex­pect­ed to ap­pear be­fore a San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trate to­day, charged with the waste­ful em­ploy­ment of po­lice time af­ter fak­ing their own kid­nap­pings.

The ac­tion has in­curred the ire of South­ern Di­vi­sion Snr Supt Zamsheed Mo­hammed, who warned yes­ter­day that po­lice would not tol­er­ate false re­port­ing. He said kid­nap­ping is a high pri­or­i­ty of­fence which re­quires sig­nif­i­cant man­pow­er as the CID, Task Force, An­ti- Kid­nap­ping Squad, Cy­ber­crime and oth­er units are de­ployed im­me­di­ate­ly.

Over $100,000 in drugs seized in Palo Seco

A quantity of marijuana was seized by officers of the South Western Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Palo Seco district.

The exercise, coordinated by Snr. Supt. Neville Adams and Supt. Deonarine Basdeo, was conducted between 2 am and 4 pm on Wednesday. 

During the exercise, officers were patrolling an area off Beach Road, Palo Seco, when they observed a man disembarking a pirogue with two crocus bags in his hands.

As the officers approached the suspect, he dropped the bags and ran back to the boat, which then sped off.

Two detained during UWI protest

Two stu­dents have been tak­en in­to po­lice cus­tody af­ter an on­go­ing protest at the Uni­ver­si­ty of the West In­dies (UWI) St Au­gus­tine Cam­pus over se­cu­ri­ty con­cerns heats up.

The stu­dents chant­ed, “At­tempt­ed rape, not rob­bery!” be­fore the ar­rests.

Af­ter the ar­rests, they be­gan chant­i­ng “Let them go!” It is un­clear why the two stu­dents were held and put in­to the back of po­lice ve­hi­cles on the scene.

Region officially declared Zika free

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed its Zika virus country classification scheme, which categorized most of the Caribbean territories as having active Zika virus transmission. 
This removal by the WHO comes on the heels of data released by CARPHA, giving evidence that the Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean had been interrupted for over 12 months, or was at undetectable levels, thereby posing very little risk to residents and visitors to the region.