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Barrackpore man held with gun and ammunition

One man was arrested and a firearm and a quantity of ammunition seized by officers of the Southern Division, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Barrackpore district last night.

Officers were on mobile patrol in the district around 10:00 pm, on December 12th, when, based on information received, they had cause to proceed to New Colonial Road.

According to police reports, there, they observed a man standing at the side of the road, acting suspiciously.

Upon seeing the officers, the man ran off.

Police detain three involved in fight

Three men were arrested and three cutlasses seized by officers of the Southern Division following a report of a physical altercation which occurred in the Barrackpore district last night.

Officers were on mobile patrol in the Barrackpore and Princes Town around 7:00 pm yesterday when they responded to a report of a fight along New Colonial Road.

On arrival at the scene, officers had cause to arrest three suspects who were armed with cutlasses.

Flooding woes continue

Thirty-five families have been rescued from floodwaters in Penal, and several other families have managed to make their way out of danger to stay with relatives.

Confirmation came today from local government councillor for Penal, Shanti Boodram, who also is a flood victim, herself.

The Penal councillor told Guardian Media that many people have lost everything in their homes, as well as their crops, their livestock and their livelihoods to the raging flood waters.

Cumuto MP: No flood relief coming

Member of Parliament for Cumuto Manzanilla, Christine Newallo-Hosein, says the most vulnerable citizens have once again been forgotten by the PNM Government.

In an official statement released by the Parliament today, the Cumuto Manzanilla MP called on the Minister of Social Development and Family Services to immediately respond to the plight of citizens who were severely affected by Wednesday’s heavy rainfall and flooding, particularly in South Trinidad.

Top CoP: do not pay for FULs

Commissioner of Police (CoP) Gary Griffith is advising persons against paying anyone—including police officers—to secure a Firearm User’s License (FUL).

The top cop says that will not in any way assist in fast tracking their application.

In an official statement, Commissioner  Griffith says he has learnt that numerous  people  claiming  to  know  certain  senior  police officers, who  have made  promises  to assist them in securing their FULs. 

Rambharat: Government hasn’t abandoned flood victims

Agriculture Minister, Clarence Rambharat, says government has not abandoned those who are suffering as a result of the recent flooding disaster in South Trinidad.

Speaking in Parliament today, the minister reported that local government officials have been on the ground since yesterday, and the Defence Force has lent its assistance.

Minister Rambharat confirmed his Cabinet colleagues—the ministers of Transport and Local Government—are on the ground, getting an assessment of the extent of the flooding damage for themselves.

Imbert to banks: Ease up the elderly, please

Finance Minister Colm Imbert says he will be asking the banks to waive their service fee for changing the $100 bills, especially for elderly citizens, but noted that the state cannot compel them to do so by law.

The minister told Parliament this morning that under the current law the central bank is empowered to fix bank charges and fees with respect to loans, deposits and credit finances, but it does not apply to over the counter transactions.

He said they may need to consider changing that.

Couva man charged with possession of guns and ammunition

One man was arrested and two firearms and quantities of ammunition and cash seized by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT), during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Central Division.

Marlon Boodramaka ‘Boozie’, of Mc Bean Village, Couva, was arrested on December 12th and charged with possession of firearm and possession of ammunition, by SORT officers, on that same date.

He is expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today to answer to the charges.

WASA: Disruption in water supply in parts of North-East Trinidad caused by ruptured pipeline

The Water and Sewerage Authority (the Authority) advises customers in parts of North-East Trinidad served by the Hollis Water Treatment Plant, who are experiencing a disruption in their scheduled pipe borne water supply at present, that this is due to a ruptured 24-inch diameter transmission pipeline at LP 73 Eastern Main Road, Wallerfield, in the area of the “Double Bridge”.

The ruptured main is located along a river bed and initial assessment indicates that repair is expected to take approximately 48 hours, given the nature of the job.

Business confederation wants 5 more days to change old notes

The 12 member Confederation of Regional Business Chambers (CRBC) is asking government to extend its deadline for the return of cotton based $100 bills, by at least five to seven working days in January.

And the group is concerned about the increased security risks to small businesses, as a result of the compressed time given for the currency changeover.

Coordinator for the Confederation, Jaishima Leladharsingh, says many customers of these businesses may not have had time to change their currency before the 31 December deadline, and would be shopping with the old notes.

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