National Security

Griffith gives police until midday to explain raid on home of Anand's maid

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has given police investigators until midday today (Wednesday) to explain on what grounds they raided the home of Goomatee Ragbir, the maid of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan.

In an interview, Griffith said the Anticrime and Intelligence Bureau had no knowledge of the raid, nor did the head of the Southern Division ACP Zamsheed Mohammed.

Griffith suggests bullet that killed Naomi Nelson came from gang member

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is suggesting that the bullet that killed 14-year-old Naomi Nelson, came from the gun of one of the alleged gang members.

Nelson was caught in the crossfire of a shootout between police and residents of Big Yard on Friday evening.

Speaking at a police news conference on Wednesday, Griffith used a visual graphic to show the position of the police officers, the gang members and the teenage girl.

It showed that the police vehicle was between the gang members and the girl.

Af­ter pay­ing $39,000 for HDC apartment, woman now fearful after attacks

A hos­pi­tal clerk has paid more than $39,000 for a Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (HDC) apart­ment which she is afraid to move in­to.

Jargie Ma­habir, 37, says she is fear­ful for her life as she has been robbed in the apart­ment at gun­point and threat­ened sev­er­al times. As she wiped away her tears, Ma­habir ap­pealed to HDC to find her an­oth­er unit in a safe neigh­bour­hood. “I can­not live there. I am afraid of what will hap­pen.”

State witness shot dead at birthday party

A State wit­ness was gunned down hours af­ter she left a safe house to at­tend a birth­day par­ty on Sun­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port, at about 7.30 pm Veron­i­ca Fran­co, 32, who left the State Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion Pro­gramme to at­tend a par­ty of one of her friends at 12th Street in Barataria was shot dead by two gun­men.

Po­lice said the killers ran in­to the yard and at­tempt­ed to shoot at Fran­co, how­ev­er, she ran in­to a house and locked her­self in­side.

The gun­men kicked open the door and shot her sev­er­al times be­fore flee­ing.

Love, hate for police in Carenage hills

While res­i­dents of Big Yard, Care­nage, claim they are be­ing tar­get­ed by the po­lice, the near­by com­mu­ni­ty of L’anse Mi­tan is call­ing for high­er vis­i­bil­i­ty of law en­force­ment of­fi­cers due to an on­go­ing war be­tween op­pos­ing gangs who have been un­leash­ing a reign of ter­ror on law-abid­ing cit­i­zens.

The call for a greater po­lice pres­ence was made by L’anse Mi­tan res­i­dents yes­ter­day, four days af­ter Keron Eve, 30, Ka­reem Roberts, 27, and Nao­mi Nel­son, 14, were al­leged­ly shot dead in a po­lice-re­lat­ed shoot­ing.

Rowley: Robust regional security is essential

Fol­low­ing are the open­ing re­marks de­liv­ered by Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley at the 19th Spe­cial Meet­ing of the CARI­COM Heads of Gov­ern­ment on Se­cu­ri­ty cur­rent­ly tak­ing place in Port-of-Spain:

Venezuelan ferries turned back

Over 90 Venezuelan passengers trying to get into TT through the Cedros port were turned back by T&T Coast Guard as patrols on the border heightened on Thursday.

With intensified street protests and violent clashes on the streets of Venezuela, hundreds of desperate Venezuelans have found the fresh resolve to flee their homeland.

A source who requested anonymity said two ferries Orinoco Delta and Angel were scheduled to arrive at the Cedros port on Thursday. The Orinoco Delta was transporting 60 passengers, including one Trinidadian man with his passport.

Security blanket for Point Borough celebrations

There will be a se­cu­ri­ty blan­ket over the South West­ern Penin­su­la this week­end for the an­nu­al Point Fortin Bor­ough Day cel­e­bra­tions.

This was dis­closed by South West­ern Di­vi­sion’s ASP Bri­an Ram­phall dur­ing yes­ter­day’s week­ly T&T Po­lice Ser­vice me­dia brief­ing.

Ram­phall said the se­cu­ri­ty blan­ket be­ing pro­vid­ed will serve to min­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­mit crime and dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour.

Young reiterates, "non-interference, non-intervention" in Venezuela

National Security Minister Stuart Young has reiterated the Government's position of non-interference and non-intervention in Venezuela, as riots have broken out amid an attempted coup.

The minister issued a statement Tuesday that said little more than what has been said by the government before.

The following is a statement the Minister Young.

"It has been reported that certain elements of the Venezuelan military have indicated support for Mr. Juan Guaido and that support has resulted in disturbances in Venezuela.

Freeport residents in fear over crime upsurge

The shock­ing video of a Freeport fam­i­ly be­ing tram­pled up­on, kicked and cuffed by rob­bers dur­ing a birth­day lime has prompt­ed calls for more sur­veil­lance in the area.

Res­i­dents said drug dens were crop­ping up in the once qui­et com­mu­ni­ty and they were afraid to share in­for­ma­tion.

At least every busi­ness place in the Are­na Vil­lage has been hit by rob­bers over the past year. Even the Faith As­sem­blies Church has been bur­gled and po­lice in­for­mants have been gunned down.