Two wor­ried about St Lucy crime

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - News -

Cur­rent and for­mer par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tives for St Lucy are wor­ried about the level of vi­o­lence be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in that par­ish.

Last month, Crab Hill res­i­dent Dex­ter Lash­ley was shot and killed. Soon after more gun­shots rang out in what was thought to be re­tal­i­a­tion for that act. As a re­sult, Ju­dith Grif­fith was in­jured as bul­lets struck her home. These were just the lat­est vi­o­lent acts oc­cur­ring in the par­ish.

Sit­ting rep­re­sen­ta­tive Peter Phillips, who is the Min­is­ter in the Min­istry of Trans­port, Works and Main­te­nance, said he was very con­cerned and in­tended to take ac­tion.

“My projects will con­tinue and in fact we are look­ing to add more – we have to find ways to keep peo­ple en­gaged and away from the temp­ta­tion to get in­volved in un­law­ful be­hav­iour. As such, I will be set­ting up a meet­ing with the young peo­ple of St Lucy to chart the path for­ward,” he said.

The MP also praised the work of the po­lice in the com­mu­nity.

For­mer rep­re­sen­ta­tive De­nis Kell­man said his work in the par­ish was tai­lored to pre­vent the vi­o­lence plagu­ing the area to­day adding the youth wanted to know they had a fu­ture.

“I am very con­cerned when it comes to young peo­ple’s lives . . . I pay spe­cial at­ten­tion... I pushed projects at North Stars and Stroud Bay as I felt de­vel­op­ing those ar­eas was a good cat­a­lyst to deal­ing with any so­cial prob­lems,” adding he had been push­ing for com­mu­nity polic­ing in the area and de­vel­op­ing sports.

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De­nis Kell­man

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Peter Phillips

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