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UPDATE: Victims identified in Solomon Hochoy Highway accident

The victims from this morning's horrific accident on the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway have been identified as national footballer 27-year-old Shahdon Winchester; his friends Michael Bradshaw, Keston Nicholas and 30-year-old Djenne Hills-Dyer, a hairdresser.

The four friends were returning home after liming at a club in Couva, which is owned by a footballer.

National footballer among those killed in highway accident

A national footballer is among those who died in this morning’s fatal accident on the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway.

Four people—one woman and three men—lost their lives in the accident.

One of the men has been identified as national footballer, Shahdron Winchester. The TTFA has issued a condolence statement in social media on his passing. The woman who died in the accident has been identified as Shahdron Winchester’s girlfriend.

Four die in highway crash

Four people—one woman and three men—have died in a crash on the Solomon Hochoy Highway, at the Union Overpass, this morning.

Details are still coming in, but CNC3 News understands the accident occurred at about 5:30 this morning.

Police are still trying to ascertain the identities of the deceased.

Reports are that the four people were in a white Nissan Xtrail on the south bound lane of the Solomon Hochoy Highway in heavy traffic, under heavy rainfall conditions.

We understand that the vehicle lost control and slammed head-on into a utility pole.

Keep children safe during the holidays

The Children’s Authority (CA) is reminding parents to take extra precautions with their children during the holiday season.

Saying that children are more vulnerable to predators during vacation periods when they are out of school, the authority urged parents to be vigilant.

In a release issued today, the authority gave the following tips on child safety during the festive season:

Gang leader's son in police custody

The son of a well-known gang leader currently is in police custody.

The suspect was detained by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) in Couva  just after 9 this morning.

Senior intelligence sources told Guardian Media that police recovered one firearm and ammunition so far at a house in Sonny Ladoo Trace, Mc Bean Couva.

Police also seized more than $50,000 in cash.

The operation was driven by intelligence obtained by SORT and is ongoing.

The detained man’s father currently is in prison.

Gang leader’s son detained by police

The son of a well known gang leader who is behind bars was detained by officers of the Special Operations Response Team in Couva  just after 9am.

Senior intelligence sources told Guardian Media that police recovered one firearm and ammunition so far at a house in Sonny Ladoo Trace, Mc Bean Couva.

Police also seized more than $50,000 in cash.

The operation was driven by intelligence obtained by SORT and is ongoing.

More infornation will be posted as it comes to GML.

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Story by MARK BASSANT

Two Venezuelans shot within a three-day period

Two Venezuelans were shot and wounded within a three-day period in two separate incidents.

In the latest incident, at about 4 am on Tuesday, a Venezuelan man was walking along Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook when a gunman approached him and attempted to rob him.

Police say the victim attempted to run away but was shot in the leg four times. The attacker then ran off.

The victim was taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where he was treated and warded in a stable condition.

Woman's body identified

The woman whose body was found in Cunupia last week has been positively identified as 26-year-old Jana-Marie Moore, of Phase 6, La Horquetta.

The body was identified by Moore’s father at the Forensic Science Centre in St James on Tuesday.

Last Thursday, at about 2.15 pm, police officers received an anonymous call about the body.

They went to the location where they found the body in some bushes about 20 feet off from Ramcharitar Trace.

The woman's body bore multiple gunshot wounds to the face and upper body, and her hands were bound and her mouth gagged.

Criminologist: All arms of justice system have their role

Criminologist Dr Wendell Wallace is calling for all arms of the criminal justice system to begin working more efficiently and effectively.

Dr Wallace believes this country can get a handle on the crime situation, once the authorities work smarter and pro-actively.

According to the criminologist, one area which would yield immediate results, if dealt with, is the proper securing of this country’s borders.

“I have been raising this issue for the past 10 years—our borders are very porous,” he points out. “What are we doing to secure our borders?” he asks.

Rajaee Ali’s father in police custody

The father of Dana Seetahal murder accused—Rajaee Ali—is said to be in police custody, following his arrest last night.

Sources close to the investigation told Guardian Media that a special unit of the TTPS, acting on information received relative to alleged gang-related activities in the Carapo district, went to the home of Imam Hassan Ali, where he was arrested.

Sources say he currently is being questioned in relation to the alleged gang-related activities.

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