Crime tackled in West Bay

| 12/08/2008

(CNS): A series of drug raids were carried out over the weekend by officers from the West Bay Police Station, along with assistance from the K9 Department. According to police, on Friday evening, 8 August, a quantity of ganja, thought to be packaged for sale, was found off Watercourse Road, behind Super C restaurant. One person was taken into custody for questioning and one car was seized for examination, while the identity of three people suspected of being involved with the illegal drugs, who ran from police on foot and made good their escape, is being investigated rigorously by the police.

In a separate operation, two unlicensed spear guns were seized from a house in Capt. Joe and Osbert Road off Birch Tree Hill.

Roads were also targeted over the weekend; three traffic operations were carried out in the district at different locations resulting in 15 prosecutions for traffic violations such as speeding, using a vehicle with an expired registration and driving with no insurance.

Chief Inspector Howell commended the West Bay officers and the K9 Department for their hard work in trying to detect and deter criminality within the district. Howell confirmed that these types of operations would continue and encouraged the community to work with the police to address crime by coming forward with information and reporting suspicious behaviour.

“It is important to note that if you call your local police station with information you do not need to identifyyourself, even if you are asked to do so,” said Howell. “We are working hard in West Bay to help build positive relationships with the community in an effort to fight crime together in partnership.”

A community meeting will be held this Friday, 15 August, between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm in the vicinity of Kelly’s bar for residents in the Birch Tree Hill and Rev Blackman Road areas. Those attending will have the opportunity to speak with their local officers and Area Commander Howell about policing in West Bay.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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