Windsor Park scene of major fight

| 28/10/2008

(CNS): What appears to have been a mob disturbance or a possible gang fight resultedin a number of arrests this weekend in Windsor Park. Police said that on Friday, 24 October, at around 3:45 pm officers arrested three teenagers on suspicion of threatening violence and being in possession of an unlicensed firearm in the Oak Lane area.

Later that night same night at around 1:00 am officers were alerted to another disturbance in the Windsor Park area. This time when they arrived police arrested 11 people aged between 14 and 20 for various offences including unlawful assembly. A number of weapons including a machete, a razor and some wooden clubs were seized. Police said that follow-up investigations and house searches resulted in implements believed to be used for preparing drugs for sale being located and seized. Some of the men have been released on bail while some remain in custody.

Police said that two of the men, aged 17 and 18 arrested on Friday afternoon have been released on bail pending further investigations but the third, a 16-year-old, remains in police custody. Some of the eleven men arrested in the earlier hours of Saturday morning have also been released on bail while some remain in custody.

In a separate incident on Saturday, a further arrest was made. A 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft and disorderly conduct.

“Criminal activity will not be tolerated in George Town,” said Inspector Bennard Ebanks, second in charge of the district. “We hope that our swift action and positive arrests send a strong message to those involved in crime that they will not get away with it.”

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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  1. Annoymous says:

    Is it any wonder we now see an uprising in crime in this country at levels above what many of us would have hoped to have been suppressed because of our size and community?  Violent Murders, Child Rape, Gangs etc….

    The problem with the country’s society today is that the criminal minds are coming out in force more so than previous because they too know that we no longer have a police force that is capable of handling the situations.  We can provide all the training in the world, but if your only mentality is to come to this country and make as much money as you can and then leave.  In addition to doing a poor job, because unlike the handful of Caymanian officers remaining on the force today we can certainly judge what is going to happen in the very near future! 

    If society has no faith in the police force to defend them (and trust me they are doing the poorest job at doing that right now), then the criminals are going to come in large forces such as this mob scene and disrupt neighbourhoods and do so with whatever means they can utilize to do so.   The gangs know the workings of the cops, they watch them pass by and ignore the situations. 

    The fact that the entire country is aware that the Windsor Park area is a crime ridden neighbourhood situated right under the police noses and yet they cannot pin point the criminals in that area.  Of course they can’t because they know who they are and they are afraid to do anything about it.  

    I pray to see the day when we can afford to import quality cops and to train our to become quality cops as well and stop importing cops from improvised other Caribbean islands whose best line of defence is to see how much they can get from the job they have been awarded using the power bestowed upon them.  These importees are doing this country no justice at all.  They are rude, hateful, mean and nasty to the local people whilst the criminals are treated with respect.

    Clearly we have to clean out the police force and revamp and restock with our own and also with high quality police who have respect, know the law or at least makes an effort to know the laws of the land, understand the culture and not be afraid to tackle a criminal in any situation to protect the innocent citizens of this country.  For this I have no problem paying higher taxations for!  But then again, I am not white and foreign and just collected a large cheque from the Government to make that suggestion.  Please take my free advice, I will not send you an over-exaggerated invoice for it either.

    Lastly, what is so ridiculous, is that our Government employs these individuals from overseas and then offers them a relocation package.  What nonsense is that!  If you have been given the opportunity to live and work in this country, that alone is the privilege, how you get here and get settled is your responsibility not the Governments.  But yet we continue to place this drag on our country and some of whom we are importing is certainly not up to the standards of living that we are accustomed to. 

    The time is now to stop chatting about the problems and start finding solutions and the best place to start is right here with your own peoples.  Why? We live and work here every day we see, hear and know what is going on, brining in some so-called Expert to tell us what we already know is just simply more rubbish and the lazy way out of the situation.  So to those in power, put on your Caymanian thinking caps and start thinking Caymanian first before looking anywhere else.

    God help us and bless us as we need this more now than before.

     

  2. Anonymous says:

    I certainly didn’t get no surprise that we now have a bunch of "mobs" involved in civil disobedience in our streets and lashing out at innocent victim(s) with their criminality. Left unchecked, this is what happens. We did not arrive at this stage overnight. This is a lack of vision, leadership and common sense.

    The regular police officers and their immediate commanders are not to blame, they were only following instructions and directions of their Captain and Chief Mate of Operations. They are the ones to hold accountable, the chiefs, not the indians.

    Whilethe "Gold Command" in the RCIPS was supposed to be supporting the DTF in years past to actively secure our borders against "firearms and drug" trafficking, they were content to conduct daily "road blocks" holding up traffic, prosecuting the public for minor traffic violations such as seat belts, broken front/rear headlights, expired registration cupons etc.

    While the helm is still in part control of those who previously had full control of it, we are anxiously awaiting to see the problems of criminality addressed and resolved in the Cayman Islands.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Well it’s great that the police arrested them yet it needs to be an Island Wide crackdown on all criminal activities. There’s too much drug dealing, prostitution and crimes being commited daily. We have to be careful that we don’t become a habitat for criminals so we have to protect our borders and have stricter immigration laws put in place.