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Todd to youth: Ditch guns and get jobs


GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Todd to youth: Ditch guns and get jobs

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STOP THE GUNPLAY. 

The appeal was made in the Senate yesterday by former Democratic Labour Party representative for the City of Bridgetown and Government Senator Patrick Todd in the wake of the shooting that allegedly resulted in the death of businessman Colin Forde.

Forde, the proprietor of Colin’s Place, died yesterday, succumbing to gunshot injuries to his upper body sustained during an attempted robbery by three gunmen at his Baxters Road bar and restaurant on Tuesday night.

Digressing briefly from the matter being debated by the Senate yesterday, Todd said too many people were being hurt and he called on the young men of Barbados to “put down the guns” and “seek gainful employment”.

“We need to call on these Barbadians to ensure that we can really get away from this undesirable behaviour, seek gainful employment, even entrepreneurship. We don’t need to have innocent people being injured,” Todd said, as he referred to another shooting last week that claimed the life of a woman on Barbarees Hill, just yards away from Tuesday night’s incident.

With regard to the specific matter of road improvements being debated by the Senate, Todd took the opportunity to highlight the work done to improve the street lighting in Bridgetown, especially in the area of Baxters Road and Tudor Street. He said he believed Government’s collaboration with the business houses in erecting floodlights should contribute to reducing crime in that area of The City. (GC)

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