Due to recent attacks on their drivers by criminal elements, TT RideShare has temporarily stopped servicing certain crime hot spot areas in East Port of Spain.
Giving notice of this change on its Facebook page, the ride-sharing company stated that this has become necessary to ensure the safety of its drivers and riders.
The two children found in the home of three corpses on Thursday were blood-soaked and starving, according to their grandfather Dipraj Ragoonanan.
Ragoonanan's comment contradicted that of the police first responders who claimed the children appeared to be well-fed and clean when they were rescued.
Police are trying to determine the motive for the killing of 34-year-old Ronnie Wickham of Second Caledonia, Morvant, last night.
Reports are that at about 9:30 pm, residents of Almond Drive, Morvant heard several explosions.
Upon investigating, they found Ronnie Wickham bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds along the roadway.
The police and paramedics were notified, however, Wickham succumbed to his injuries.
Investigations are ongoing.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has responded to the concerns of Las Cuevas residents, saying the community has been flooded with criminal activity for years and that he was surprised by their reaction because the police were doing their job.
Griffith said today's exercise was necessary to cleanse the area and added that if anyone was inconvenienced, it was unfortunate.
He said this and similar exercises in the future should be expected.
Griffith has asked citizens to expose criminals in their community rather than be upset when the police do what is required.
Police are investigating a murder in Arima Thursday.
Police say that around 4 pm, relatives of Mofeed Baksh went to his home at Llanos Street in search of him and found him lying motionless with the throat slit.
Their investigations are ongoing.
- by Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant
Police have rescued a baby and a toddler from the gruesome scene of a triple murder which took place at a house in Penal.
Dead are Wazir Mohammed, 58, his wife Shellyann Mohammed, 57, and his brother Nazim Mohammed, 50 of 313 Clarke Road, Penal.
The children, aged eight months and four years, were found in the house.
Investigators said around 3 pm, a 25-year-old relative went to the house to check on them.
He told police he had to jump the fence.
He found the kids in the house.
Former Minister in the Ministry of National Security Subhas Panday wants the Government to amend the Anti-Gang Act to include white-collar crimes committed by politicians.
In a media conference at his San Fernando law chambers Thursday, Panday said that the offences for which Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald, her husband Michael Carew, former chairman of the National Commission for Self Help Edgar Zephyrine, Wayne Anthony and Victor McEachrane share characteristics with gang behaviour.
Twenty-two persons were arrested, while two firearms, quantities of ammunition and one bulletproof vest were seized Thursday during a joint anti-crime exercise named ‘Golden Tombstone’ in Las Cuevas, La Fillette and Maracas Bay.
Police say the exercise, supervised by ACP (Ag) Forde and Snr Supt. (Ag) Phillip, was conducted between 1 am and 9 am.
Residents of Las Cuevas say they have no problem with the police doing their job but say they are disappointed with the manner it was done.
The residents claim the officers kicked-in doors and did not identify themselves, causing law-abiding residents to think they were in danger.
A collaborative exercise involving personnel from the Police, Defence Force and Coast Guard occurred in the area just after 2 am Thursday.
Residents say the exercise lasted several hours and several men were taken by police.
An acting police sergeant with 31 years of service is expected to appear before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate today, charged with threatening to kill a female victim.
Sgt (Ag) Brian Stoddard, 53, who is attached to the Cunupia Police Station, was charged with engaging in a course of conduct that caused persons to fear that violence will be used against them in breach of the Offences against the Person Act.
This follows advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard SC, on Wednesday 14th August 2019.