Pris­on­ers freed by Irma re­cap­tured

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - WORLD NEWS -

More than 100 pris­on­ers have been cap­tured af­ter es­cap­ing from a jail on the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane Irma.

The gov­er­nor of the is­lands said the pris­on­ers of Bal­sam Ghut prison, in Tor­tola, had been cap­tured on Thurs­day.

It fol­lowed an op­er­a­tion by Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­land and Cay­man Is­land po­lice 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. 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.

For­eign min­is­ter Sir Alan Dun­can said on Tues­day that the con­victs posed a “se­ri­ous threat of the com­plete break­down of law and or­der”.

En­gi­neers from 24 Com­mando Royal En­gi­neers carry out re­pairs yes­ter­day to make Bal­sam Ghut jail se­cure

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