AG’S plea

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BARBADIANS WILL BE talk­ing crime and vi­o­lence to­day.

At­tor­ney General Adriel Brath­waite has is­sued an open in­vi­ta­tion to all stake­hold­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic to come out and par­tic­i­pate in the dis­cus­sions to find so­lu­tions to the spi­ralling crime sit­u­a­tion which has plunged Bar­ba­dos in a state of fear for the past eight months.

The event comes off at the Gym­na­sium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Com­plex and is ex­pected to draw in­put from the church, com­mu­nity groups, the po­lice and the av­er­age ci­ti­zen from 8:30 a.m.

“I want to in­vite as many mem­bers of the pub­lic as pos­si­ble . . . . What worked [in the past] may not work [now]; we need to re-eval­u­ate what works and can­vass all ideas as the [or­di­nary ci­ti­zen] may have ideas [the schol­ars and ex­perts] do not.

“We will never elim­i­nate crime but we can try our best to save as many of our youth as pos­si­ble from crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity,” said the Gov­ern­ment’s top le­gal ad­viser as he spoke to the me­dia after a pre­sen­ta­tion of cricket gear to Hilda Skeene Pri­mary School in St Philip yes­ter­day morn­ing.

De­spite 27 mur­ders recorded so far for the year, 19 of which were gun-re­lated, Brath­waite praised po­lice of­fi­cers for their ef­forts in bring­ing vi­o­lent crime un­der con­trol, es­pe­cially after a bloody sum­mer that saw five mur­ders a month in June, July and Au­gust.

This height­ened po­lice vig­i­lance was un­der­scored as the force on Monday seized four firearms, two of which were high-powered weapons; a quan­tity of am­mu­ni­tion; co­caine and cannabis; a sum of money and a piece of body ar­mour. The finds were made by mem­bers of the anti-gun unit dur­ing an op­er­a­tion in Halls Road, St Michael. Po­lice said a man was as­sist­ing them in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“The guys (law en­force­ment) are work­ing around the clock to rid our shores of as many firearms as pos­si­ble. We can only hope this pe­riod will con­tinue and we will not let up on our ef­forts to en­sure Barbadians feel safe, as they should,” Brath­waite said.

Mean­while, head of the Angli­can Church, Bishop Dr John Holder, said the church must con­tinue to be part of the ef­fort to curb the vi­o­lence in so­ci­ety.

As­sists young moth­ers

“Work­ing with the home and the school, our clergy and church groups should cre­ate pro­grammes to as­sist both par­ents and chil­dren to deal with vi­o­lence. The Cra­dle Roll pro­gramme of the Moth­ers’ Union is one that all of our parishes should adopt. The pro­gramme as­sists young moth­ers with the train­ing and guid­ance of their chil­dren,” he said in The Angli­can news­pa­per to be re­leased this week­end.

Holder added that both the lo­cal and re­gional dio­ce­ses must strengthen their work which im­pacted

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