Teacher shot by stray bullet

Gunmen fired "wild" shots in East Port of Spain on Wednesday morning, causing havoc at the South East Port of Spain Secondary School, where one teacher was grazed by one of the bullets.

The incident occurred at about 10.45 am.

A pupil escaped injury as one of the bullets went over his head, missing him by mere centimetres.

This was confirmed to Guardian Media by a teacher who wished not to be identified. The teacher said the incident has left them terrified and shaken.

Back to normal at Govt Campus

Business has returned to normal in Port-of-Spain after an explosion occurred at the Government Plaza Park-aide earlier today.

Following a three hour sweep of the premises, officials gave the all clear for workers and business to continue as usual. 

According to fire officials, the explosion occurred on the 12th floor of the building.

The building along with nearby offices were evacuated and the area cordoned off. 

Search for burnt bodies off Moruga coast

Police and Coast Guard will be searching for two burnt bodies believed to be off the coast of Canary Estate in Moruga.

The bodies were discovered by a villager in Moruga on Monday, who immediately reported the find to police. However, when police officers arrived moments later the bodies were not there.

It is believed that the waves took the bodies out into the sea. 

The villager was unable give any details about the bodies as they were burnt beyond recognition.

And according to police no missing person report was made in the area.

Traffic disruption on UBH this weekend

The Ministry of Works and Transport is advising of a temporary traffic disruption over the weekend, along the southbound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway.

The disruption will be in effect on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November, between the hours of 7am and 7pm, in the vicinity of four locations on the southbound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway:

– At the 4.97 km mark, the bridge right before the Caroni Flyover

– At the 5.88 km mark, the first bridge after the Caroni Flyover

– At the 6.40 km mark, the second bridge after the Caroni Flyover

Three men held for attempted kidnapping

Police have detained three men in connection with an attempted kidnapping in Point Fortin.

According to police reports, shortly after 7:30 last evening, the wife of an offshore service contractor was proceeding into her Clifton Hill home when three men accosted her.

The assailants forced the woman back into her vehicle, which they hijacked and attempted to escape in.

Eyewitnesses contacted the Point Fortin police, who responded within minutes, and identified the vehicle leaving the area.

A chase ensued and the vehicle subsequently crashed along Mahaica.

Two wounded following gun play

Two men were shot and wounded on Thursday morning in Morvant.
According to a police report, shortly after midnight on Thursday, residents of the area heard several gunshots.
The police officers, who were called to the scene, found both wounded men bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds about their respective bodies.
The men were taken to the Port of Spain General Hospital where they were treated and warded in serious conditions.
Investigations are continuing. 

Sinanan: More fraud to be found as Licensing Division is modernised

Works and Transport Minister, Rohan Sinanan, has revealed that at least 16 people may have been caught in the web of an ongoing police probe, into possible fraud at the Licensing Office.

The minister says the three year project to modernise and computerise the day-to-day operations at Licensing, has made it impossible for irregularities to remain hidden.

He confirms that they have been cooperating with police, and he expects that as the initiative continues, more illegal behaviour will be uncovered.

Ramdial: PNM failing on crime and services

The prime minister is being advised to stop obsessing over Cambridge Analytica, and instead focus on dealing with the crime scourge in this country.

The advice comes from Couva North MP, Ramona Ramdial.

At a news conference on Wednesday at her constituency offices at Chase Village in Chaguanas, the Couva North MP said she has been bombarded with complaints from constituents about crime and a lack of basic services.

She says the national security minister—and the government overall—have failed citizens on the crime issue.

AG: Preliminary Inquiries to be abolished by year’s end

The Attorney General says come next year, preliminary inquiries will be a thing of the past.

He made the comment while speaking at a meeting in Gulf View last evening.

According to AG Faris Al Rawi, legislative steps had been completed to abolish judicial hearings to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for an individual to stand trial.

He said the move will go a long way towards lessening the burden placed on the magistrates' courts, which have been stretched beyond capacity.