Po­lice have noth­ing to say on last week’s bomb scare

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - ----Dean Nestor

De­tails of the March 29 bomb threat re­main murky. Seem­ingly sim­ple ques­tions are still unan­swered such as, which city bank was di­rectly threat­ened? Why were em­ploy­ees of Sco­tia­bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Beauty Max Su­per Cen­tre and other busi­nesses in the William Peter Boule­vard evac­u­ated, while at Massy Stores, barely fifty yards from the afore­men­tioned es­tab­lish­ments, it was busi­ness as usual? How much did this near two-hour work stop­page cost the banks and the na­tion?

Act­ing deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice in charge of op­er­a­tions Do­rian O’Brian re­layed to this re­porter—through one of his of­fi­cers—that the RSLPF would not pro­vide de­tails re­gard­ing the af­fected banks “but in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing.” The usual re­sponse, whether in re­la­tion to rape, mur­der or in­di­vid­u­als sud­denly re­quir­ing ur­gent med­i­cal at­ten­tion af­ter a few min­utes in po­lice cus­tody. How­ever, of­fi­cers on the ground last Fri­day un­of­fi­cially in­formed re­porters that CIBC FirstCarib­bean

In­ter­na­tional Bank was the threat­ened tar­get.

Just as con­fus­ing was the re­sponse from the Saint Lu­cia Fire Ser­vice. As to Massy’s con­tin­ued op­er­a­tions dur­ing the threat, the fire ser­vice’s David An­toine said he did not know whether there had been a mis­un­der­stand­ing, “But in cir­cum­stances like this we and the po­lice would have re­quired peo­ple to evac­u­ate.” He had no ex­pla­na­tion for the fact that at the time of the threat Massy car­ried on as usual. On the other hand, this re­porter has been re­li­ably in­formed that the com­pany may not have known its per­son­nel were in any dan­ger.

A Beauty Max of­fi­cial said that em­ploy­ees evac­u­ated be­cause they re­ceived word of a bomb threat from un­of­fi­cial sources, cer­tainly not from the po­lice. In all events the threat turned out to be bo­gus, cal­cu­lated for what­ever rea­sons to dis­rupt nor­mal Fri­day busi­ness in Cas­tries.

A bomb threat three weeks ago re­sulted in the ar­rest of a well known news re­porter. He was charged on two re­lated counts and cur­rently is on bail.

The RSLPF re­mains tight-lipped about the two-hour dis­rup­tion of nor­mal busi­ness in the city last Fri­day.

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