BWA worker attacked
AN EMPLOYEE of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) was attacked by a knife-wielding man yesterday morning while he was in Bush Hall, St Michael, carrying out disconnections.
Reports indicate that the employee was sitting in a BWA truck at 5th Avenue, Park Road, when the man knocked at the window to get his attention. The man pulled a knife when the employee rolled down the window, forcing him to quickly roll it back up. The assailant then punctured two of the van’s tyres with the knife.
Police who were in the area chased the suspect, who managed to elude them.
Police spokesman Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch confirmed the incident and appealed to the public to provide police with information regarding the identity of the culprit.
Meanwhile, Joy-ann Haigh of the BWA said they were appalled that such an incident occurred while an employee was carrying out his lawful duty. She quoted the Water Authority Act, which states that any person who obstructs a BWA employee in the execution of his duty was liable to a fine or imprisonment.
She said the worker was “very shaken” over the incident and would receive the necessary support services from the company. (MB)