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Police target Richmond


Police target Richmond

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Parts of Richmond, St Michael, were under the watch of the Royal Barbados Police Force yesterday as officers continued a renewed crackdown on crime.
Police public relations officer Inspector David Welch confirmed that the operation was part of a plan to crush criminal activity in the area.
One illegal structure was pulled down and taken away. Residents watched from a distance on President Kennedy Drive as officers hacked apart a shed in what is known as the “Blackwater Block” and loaded the pieces on the back of a truck.
 Dozens of officers combed 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue Richmond checking old, abandoned houses, as well as occupied houses.
Last Sunday, a police operation in Regent Hill, Pinelands, St Michael netted two shotguns and a nine-millimetre pistol.
Lawmen also seized 16 rounds of ammunition, a quantity of marijuana, a bulletproof vest, ski masks, gloves and a pair of binoculars.
The discovery followed a similar operation in Gall Hill, Christ Church, the previous Thursday when a .22 automatic gun was found under a tree.
Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin at the time voiced his concern, noting that the discovery of the items showed the magnitude of the problem the force was having in certain communities.