Fifteen persons were charged during an illegal vending exercise in Port of Spain yesterday.
Around 10am, under the supervision of Ag Sgt Deoraj and Cpl Maharaj, members of the Port of Spain City Police Street Enforcement Unit, proceeded to Charlotte Street and Independence Square.
Officers approached vendors and enquired about their permission from the Port of Spain Corporation to vend on the streets. They were reportedly unable to provide any proof for legitimacy and were subsequently arrested. A total of 14 persons were charged for various illegal vending offences. The vendors were granted station bail in the sum of $1,500 and are expected to appear virtually before the Port of Spain Magistrate Court on Tuesday 22nd June, 2021.
In a separated incident, one vendor was charged for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. The 30-year-old man of Erica Street, Laventille, refused to comply with instructions when approached by officers. While attempting to arrest the man, he pulled away and a struggle ensued, where he dealt a blow to an officer. He was later subdued and taken to the City Police Station.
The 30-year-old man appeared before Justice of the Peace Stephen Young and was granted $20,000 bail with a surety. He is expected to appear virtually before the Port of Spain Magistrate Court on Tuesday 22nd June, 2021.