More than 100 pris­on­ers who es­caped dur­ing hur­ri­cane are re­cap­tured

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Don­ald Trump hands out food in Florida. of­fi­cers, along­side the Bri­tish Royal Marines and po­lice.

Gus Jaspert, the gover­nor of the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, said: “The gov­ern­ment of the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands is ex­tremely grate­ful to the po­lice and mil­i­tary per­son­nel for their tire­less ef­forts, which have re­sulted in a thor­ough and ex­tremely suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion.

“I ex­tend our grat­i­tude to the UK and Cay­man Island gov­ern­ments for their pro­vi­sion of per­son­nel on the ground here, help­ing to en­sure the safety and se­cu­rity of all Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lan­ders.

“This sig­nals a huge step in all of our ef­forts to re­build this fan­tas­tic ter­ri­tory.”

The news comes af­ter Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lan­ders said they were “ter­ri­fied” of the pris­on­ers, who es­caped be­cause of the dam­age caused by Irma.

They said loot­ing had been “ter­ri­ble” and claimed es­caped pris­on­ers had com­mit­ted a rape while on the loose.

Shanelle Wil­liams, who took 15 peo­ple into her home fol­low­ing the fury the hur­ri­cane un­leashed on the island, said: “You go into the town, they crash and they open up and steal­ing ev­ery­thing.

“But since the mil­i­tary came it has calmed down, but the only is­sue right now is these pris­on­ers are out.

“They have al­ready raped some­one and they have al­ready tried to steal from peo­ple, it is ter­ri­fy­ing.”

One woman, who did not want to be named, tsaid she “did not feel safe” af­ter the hur­ri­cane.

Mean­while, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has toured ar­eas of Florida dev­as­tated by the hur­ri­cane and praised the fed­eral and state re­cov­ery ef­fort.

Mr Trump, who was in and out of the state in less than three hours, got an aerial view of wa­ter­del­uged homes along Florida’s south-western coast from his he­li­copter, then drove in his mo­tor­cade along streets lined with felled trees, bro­ken traf­fic lights and shut­tered stores on his way to a mo­bile home com­mu­nity hit hard by the storm.

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