Female Minimart owner shot dead

A 54-year-old woman has been shot dead during a robbery at her minimart in Chaguanas.

Police say a bandit entered Lucky Minimart in St Thomas Village around 12:30 pm today before he tied up, robbed and beat owner Haniffa Bedassie.

Police were alerted to the incident via telephone calls from people who were within the Minimart.

Officer of the Central Division responded and when they arrived they heard an explosion before the suspect fleed along the roadway.

Police gave chase and shot the suspect dead in an exchange of gunfire.

MIC Institute of Technology: 'No one injured in hostage incident'

The MIC Institute of Technology said no one was injured in this morning's hostage situation at its O'Meara campus.

The Institute issued a statement on the matter Monday afternoon.

"The MIC Institute of Technology wishes to confirm that no one was injured during a hostage situation at its O’Meara Technology Centre which took place on Monday September 18, 2017 in an isolated incident.

Reports indicate that just before 9.00 a.m., a 32-year old, Santa Cruz man arrived at the Centre with a female trainee and an argument ensued outside the compound.

Laventille man held with pistol, ammunition

A 19-year-old man was arrested and one pistol and a quantity of ammunition seized, by officers of the Inter-Agency Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise in the Laventille area, on Friday 15th September, 2017, police said in a media statement issued Monday.

The statement said that officers conducted the exercise between 5:30am and 8:30am, during which they executed a search warrant for firearms and ammunition at the Mentor Alley, Laventille, home of the suspect.

Police detain man who kidnaps student following shootout with police

One man is in police custody after a shootout with police which resulted in one student being taken hostage.

One eyewitness says the suspect and a female student were arguing outside the compound, when police arrived the suspect started firing at the police.

He ran into the school where he held one 17-year-old male hostage.

The police were eventually able to talk him out of it and he surrendered.

The female student was not harmed.

71-year-old kidnapped businessman rescued; no ransom paid

A 71-year-old businessman who was kidnapped on Thursday has been rescued.

Sooklal Ramroop of San Fernando was kidnapped for ransom around 3:30 pm yesterday.

However, police say he was found around 1:30pm today in bushes along Trainline Road, Marabella.

The $700,000 ransom demanded was not paid.

Seven suspects have been detained including two women.

The police later issued a statement on the rescue:

Suspects in Dr Broadbridge's murder formally charged

A Morvant couple will appear in the Port of Spain 8th Magistrates’ Court this morning, charged with the murder of Dr Claire Broadbridge, which occurred on Saturday 2nd September, 2017.

John Smith, 34, a joiner, and Virginia Nedd, 32, a janitor, both of Seales Avenue, Morvant, were charged with murder, after advice was received from Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, George Busby, on Wednesday 13th September, 2017.

Barbados police seize guns, ammunition shipped among car parts from Trinidad

Barbados police have seized a significant cache of guns and ammunition that arrived by sea from Trinidad, hidden among vehicle parts.

A total of 16 firearms and 593 rounds of assorted ammunition were found in four separate operations.

Police say that over 400 rounds of ammunition and six firearms were seized at the Bridgetown Port as a result of an intelligence-led operation involving Customs Enforcement Officers and Members of the Anti-Gun Unit.

Police have detained several people for questioning.