Seven arrested during DSS registration in Tobago

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Seven arrested during DSS registration in Tobago

Seven persons, including a Trinidadian, were arrested on Saturday at Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point, Tobago, for allegedly breaching the Public Health Ordinance Regulations.

They will appear virtually before a Scarborough Magistrate today, Monday, to answer to the charges.

They were among a large gathering of persons who ascended on Shepherd’s Inn, Crown Point, to register for the DSS Scheme.

Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, who is in the United Kingdom, saw through images and videos that long lines had gathered at Crown Point for the registration.

He gave instructions to arrest anyone who was in breach of the Covid- 19 Regulations and to shut down the DSS operation.

Those arrested and charged were:

1) Janine Collins, 36, waitress, of St Augustine, Trinidad;
2) Naomi Alexander, 21, student, Government Trace, Tobago;
3) Shevonne Hartell, 37, Manager, of Top Hill, Pembroke, Tobago;
4) Mia Charles, 31, self-employed, of Robert Street, Bon Accord, Tobago;
5) Anthony Caesar, 33, life guard, of Charlotteville, Tobago;
6) Jennifer Latoch, 47, self-employed, of Cottage Street, Golden Lane;
7) Kwesi Beckles, 42, labourer.

Around 9:00 am, police received a report that a large crowd had gathered outside of Shepherd’s Inn, Crown Point, to register for the DSS Scheme.

On arrival, police informed the crowd that they were in breach of the Public Health Ordinance (2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Regulations 2020.

The majority of the persons quickly dispersed, but several refused to abide by the instructions of the police officers.

As a result, seven persons were arrested. Corporal Andrews laid the charges.

Acting Commissioner of Police, Mc Donald Jacob, said the regulations are very clear.

He said there should be no gatherings of more than ten persons as stipulated in the Public Health regulations as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

He added that the police will enforce the law and warned persons about congregating in numbers which exceed the number stated in the Regulations.