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Nineteen people were arrested on the second day of the State of Emergency (SoE).

According to statistics disclosed by the T&T Police Service (TTPS), seven were arrested in the Tobago Division; six in the Northern Division; three in the Western Division; and one each in the Central, North-Eastern and Port-of-Spain Divisions.

According to a summary of Public Health Fixed Penalty Notices issued, as well as a breakdown of persons arrested for Breach of the Public Health Regulations for the period 6 am on Sunday 6 September 2020 to 6 am on Wednesday 12 May 2021, a total of 10,122 people in the nine police divisions were issued Public Health Fixed Penalty Notices.

In addition, some 732 people were arrested from the nine police divisions for Breach of the Public Health Regulations.

The TTPS reports that on the very first night of the current SoE, six people were held on both sides of the twin-island for breaching the 9 pm to 5 am curfew.

Arrests in North East Trinidad

In the first instance, Steve Housand from Manzanilla was fined $20,000 after pleading guilty to the offence, when he appeared virtually before Magistrate Sarah De Silva on Monday.

According to the evidence in his case, the 36-year-old was arrested by police around 9:40 pm on Sunday.

Housand was allegedly standing at Plum Road Junction in Manzanilla, when police officers, who were on patrol in the area, stopped and advised him to return to his home.

Housand refused and was arrested.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man from Valencia has been ordered to serve four days in jail for gathering in a group of more than five, in breach of ongoing public health regulations for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tyreke George received the sentence after pleading guilty during his appearance before Magistrate De Silva.

35-year-old Ashton John, 32-year-old Kerneil Charles, and 29-year-old Ivan Lambkin, who were arrested alongside George, pleaded not guilty to the charge and their cases were adjourned to June 14th.

According to reports, the group was arrested at 4:30 pm on Sunday at Quare Road in Valencia, when officers saw a large group of residents liming. Upon seeing the police, they ran.

Officers were unable to arrest the other residents.

Arrests in Tobago

And in Tobago, four people, including a teenager, were arrested for breaking State of Emergency Regulations.

Two restauranteurs also were held for breaching Public Health Regulations.

This is according to Inspector (Ag.) Alicia Piggott of the TTPS Tobago Division.

Ag Inspector Piggot said the four held for breaking the curfew were not yet charged.

She said the four were outside during the curfew hours and could not explain why they were outside.

Arrests in South Trinidad

In South Trinidad, 25-year-old Antonio Amichan of Golconda Road, Golconda was fined $6,000 after he pleaded guilty to breaching the curfew, driving dangerously and being under the influence of alcohol.

He was arrested around 10:10 pm on Sunday along SS Erin Road, Debe, after PC Ramroop and PC Mohammad spotted a vehicle speeding and swerving on the road. The driver was stopped, and a breathalyser test administered, which recorded a reading of 107 microgrammes—the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, breach of curfew and dangerous driving. On each charge, Senior Magistrate Armina Deonarinesingh fined him $2,000 or in default four months imprisonment. He also was disqualified from driving for 12 months and given one month to pay the fines.

On Sunday, day one of the SoE, police had to quickly dispersed a religious group who gathered during the morning period to pray along Harris Promenade in San Fernando.

At 7 am, officers assigned to the San Fernando Police Station, observed a group who began converging along the area in what appeared to be corporate prayer.

They were immediately advised of the current State of Emergency and the Public Health Regulations, which prohibit the number of persons gathering in public to be in excess of five persons.

The group immediately complied with the officers’ request and vacated the area.

The TTPS said it is continuing its vigilance and monitoring of all activities, “to encourage strict adherence to the Public Health Regulations to ensure the health, safety and security to all law-abiding citizens.”

Citizens are reminded that anyone who breaches the regulations under the SoE is liable to a fine of up to $250,000 and six months in prison.