YOUNG: “We’re probing claims of UNC spying…”

National Security Minister, Stuart Young, says a probe will launched into claims of data mining and spying, sanctioned and used by the United National Congress (UNC).

At a news conference today, the minister stated he is very concerned about the information brought to light in a book by former Cambridge Analytica employee, Christopher Wylie, in which he details how the UNC sanctioned a breach of citizens’ privacy. Minister Young says he also is alarmed at how the information was used by a political party and not the state.

Brawl at Dwight Yorke Stadium

The TTPS Tobago Division has launched an investigation into a melée between police officers and civilians.

A video with the altercation, which occurred over the weekend at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, was widely shared on various social media platforms.

The video—of duration 1:13 minutes—shows several policemen subduing a young man, who is seen kicking and cuffing them. One policeman is also seen responding to the attack.

Two civilians were involved in the brawl but others who attempted to get involved were prevented from doing so by officers standing by.

Ministry investigates claim that staff member fraudulent offered family Greenvale house

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has launched a formal investigation into allegations that a member of staff fraudulently offered a family a housing unit in Greenvale Park, La Horquetta.
A statement by the ministry says that "the Permanent Secretary wants to underscore that the ministry has always been transparent and will continue to be transparent when it pertains to matters that fall within its purview and wishes to assure the public that it has never and will never condone corrupt practices".

Minister orders investigation into alleged corruption at Chaguanas Borough Corporation

Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Haji Kazim Hosein has ordered an investigation into suspected building approval corruption at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation.

This follows the submission of documents by Cunupia Councillor Vandana Mohit alluding to improper practices at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation's building department. 

This comes after a recent shooting incident at the councillor's home, which she has called a reprisal for her questioning delays in the building approval process for certain burgesses in her electoral district.

Promoter not willing to help police with investigations

A music promoter linked to the controversial music video “Bunnin It”, featuring a man sitting on what appeared to be a police vehicle, said he does not intend to co-operate with police investigators.

The promoter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he was “shocked” to see the artiste, known as Mumra, sitting on “a police vehicle” in the video.

“Me ain’t talking to them because they will look to pin something on us and everybody will run and hide from that.

I don’t have time for that,” the promoter said.

Investigation launched into use of 'police vehicle' in "Bunnin It" video

Police are now investigating a music video that has been shared online, which appears to portray a police vehicle.

A statement by the Police Service says: "The Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) has commenced an investigation into the unauthorised use of what appears to be a marked police vehicle, in a music video, now in circulation on social media. The investigation was initiated by the PSB on Wednesday 9th May, 2018, after instructions were received from Commissioner of Police (Ag.) Stephen Williams."

Investigation launched into suicide at San Fernando General Hospital

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances which led to a patient committing suicide at the San Fernando General Hospital.

On Monday, a 25-year-old man was found hanging in a room at the Psychiatric Ward mere hours after being admitted.

According to a release issued by the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA), a team has been established to look into the matter.

The release added that counseling has been offered and will be provided as required.

The San Fernando police who will conduct an independent investigation into the incident.

Police launch probe into 'drug' video

A man, who identified himself as the police officer who was featured in a secretly-recorded video allegedly accepting a $100 bribe for the sale of marijuana, is claiming that he thought he was being asked about the sale of seeds.

But the Police Service took a dim view of the video and immediately launched an investigation into the matter.

Contacted yesterday for a comment, head of the TTPS’ corporate communications, Ellen Lewis said that Professional Standards Bureau “is now investigating the contents of a video, in circulation on social media, involving a police officer.”