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Police officers with some of the men held on Belle Eau Road, Belmont, yesterday.

Three alleged senior gang leaders from north Trinidad were among 61 people arrested on Friday evening during an exercise in Belmont. They were held at a house on Belle Eau Road shortly after 6 pm.

Officers of the Special Investigations Unit reportedly received intelligence that members of the Belle Eau Road and Sea Lots Rasta City gangs had met up at a house for a meeting.

The SIU relayed the information to their colleagues of the Belmont CID and Port-of-Spain Task Force and joined them as they went to the area.

When the officers arrived at the location the group was discovered to be numbering more than 50. Due to the number of people at the site, the officers requested assistance and several other units, including the Inter-Agency Task Force, Special Operations Response Team and Port-of-Spain Division responded.

All the individuals were arrested for breaches of the COVID-19 health regulations which prohibit gatherings of more than 25 people.

Residents at vantage points in the hilly area captured the exercise on video and shared this on social media.

Up to press time, it was not known whether or not any more charges were laid. Investigations are continuing.