Eight detained in Morvant protests; reports of residents shooting at police not true

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 13:15

Police say a heavy police presence is being maintained in the Morvant District, following fiery protests by residents earlier today, purportedly over utilities and jobs, which resulted in eight persons being detained.

According to a statement by the Police Service, the action of residents had brought traffic to a standstill, but with the intervention of police, law and order were restored, enabling a resumption in the free flow of traffic.

Officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force, assisted by officers of the Port of Spain Division, Guard and Emergency Branch, Inter-Agency Task Force and Traffic Branch, responded to reports of the protests from as early as 5:00 am today, Tuesday 16th May, 2017.

Police say residents had created dangerous obstructions across the Lady Young Road, Lady Young Avenue, Coconut Drive, 7th Avenue Malick and 2nd Caledonia, by burning tires, appliances and derelict vehicles.

The statement says officers were able to quell the protest, thus allowing the Fire Services and personnel from the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation, to move in to clear the roadways of the burning debris.

Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Surrendra Sagramsingh, North Eastern Division, confirmed that reports of gunshots being heard were false.