Murder in Belmont

The murder count continues to rise, following a murder in Belmont early this morning

Police say 23 year-old Shakeem Roberts was liming on some steps in the area at about 12:30 this morning, when a gunman approached, shot him, and then ran away.

Roberts died on the spot.

Investigations continue.



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MP Padarath robbed at gunpoint

Short­ly af­ter UNC of­fi­cials spoke out against T&T’s run­away crime sit­u­a­tion at a po­lit­i­cal meet­ing on Thurs­day night came news that Princes Town MP Bar­ry Padarath had been robbed at gun­point. Some mem­bers of the par­ty hur­ried­ly left a cot­tage meet­ing at Soledad Road, Clax­ton Bay on Thurs­day night af­ter hear­ing about Padarath’s or­deal.

The Princes Town MP, who lives at Roys­to­nia, Cou­va, made a re­port at the Cou­va Po­lice Sta­tion and some of his col­leagues went there to lend sup­port.

Laventille man held with gun

A 19-year-old suspect remains in police custody after being caught with a firearm and a quantity of ammunition during an anti-crime exercise in the Laventille area on Thursday.

According to official police reports, officers of the Port of Spain Task Force were on patrol on Laventille Road, when they had cause to stop and search a male suspect.

The search revealed the suspect had one nine millimetre Browning pistol containing nine rounds of ammunition, tucked in his waist.

Pirates attack again; 6 fishermen missing


Six fishermen and two boats from Orange Valley are missing after another pirate attack in national waters.

President of the Carli Bay Fishing Association, Imtiaz Khan, said several boats from both Carli Bay and Orange Valley were out in the Gulf of Paria when the pirates struck. He says they don’t know whether the pirates were locals or Venezuelans.

Fishermen on a couple of boats were able to cut their nets and make it back to shore to warn everyone about what was happening.

TTPS team begins spy claims probe

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith says a team of po­lice of­fi­cers led by Ag. DCP Forde will be seek­ing to in­ter­view for­mer Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­i­ca da­ta con­sul­tant as ear­ly as this week­end as the ser­vice be­gins its probe in­to al­le­ga­tions that the com­pa­ny spied on cit­i­zens at the be­hest of the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress.

Here is the full state­ment from the Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice:

Chase village man detained for firearm and ammunition possession

A 46-year-old man has been arrested for possession of firearm and ammunition, during an anti-crime exercise in Chase Village yesterday.

According to police reports, officers of Central Division issued a search warrant at the home of the 46-year-old suspect of Orange Field Road, Chase Village.

Officers searched the ceiling of the man’s home.

One Taurus pistol and one magazine containing 15 rounds of ammunition were found and seized.

The suspect was taken to the Couva Police Station and charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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.

Nine held overnight for alleged fraud at licensing

Police commissioner Gary Griffith has confirmed that nine people were arrested overnight for alleged fraud at the licensing division.

Commissioner Griffith says two other persons of interest are still at large but are expected to be apprehended soon.

He says last nights arrests come at the end of several months of investigation into alleged fraud at the licensing division.

The commissioner told us today that among the nine people arrested are two high ranking officials and employees at the licensing division, and they are merely the tip of the iceberg

Arouca man charged with murder

Ken Renaldo Gomez a 32-year-old Arouca man, appeared before an Arima Magistrate yesterday, charged with the 2015 murder of Isaiah Jakie.

According to police reports, on April 13th 2015 at around 12:30 a.m., officers attached to the Northern Division Task Force responded to reports of a man being beaten on Jitman Drive, Five Rivers, Arouca.

Man detained for gun and ammo possession

A 32-year-old man was arrested for possession of a firearm and ammunition, during an anti-crime exercise in Laventille yesterday.

According to police reports, officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force were proceeding along Rudolph Charles Link Road Laventille, on 11th November, when they had cause to stop and search the suspect.

The search was conducted and one black and silver pistol fitted with a magazine containing seven (7) rounds of 9mm ammunition was found tucked in the left side of the suspect’s pants waist.