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Jul 16, 2019

ComPol says Spike in Violence in Sand Hill Linked to 1 Person

Chester Williams

But there is a spike of violence in the village that the police are trying to mitigate. It appears outside of rivalry in the area; there is a person of interest, who ComPol Chester Williams says is the ringleader. That person was recently released from prison and he is believed to be involved in the disappearance of Grinage.

 

Isani Cayetano

“There seems to be some kind of tension if not rivalry between certain groups in the Sand Hill area. Is the department seeking to ramp up its presence while this investigation is ongoing?”

 

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Yes and again the shooting this morning is disturbing. I just came out of a meeting with the officer in charge of the Belize District, Mister Dawson and that was the nature of my discussion with him; that there needs to be more policing efforts in the Sand Hill area. We cannot sit and allow the problem to fester. I know that yes, the officer in charge of Ladyville and the region three commander have been doing a lot in terms of trying to curb crime within the rural Belize District but I believe that more can be done; and I am asking that more be done. And so yes, we want to ensure that residents of the Sand Hill area as well as the Boom and Maskall, rural Belize District, that they will see increased police activities within the area with a view to curb these incidents. There is a particular person, who is of interest, and it seems that whenever he is out, he is a problem. And what we need to do is to see how we can get the evidence against him and get him to prison; that way he will be out of circulation. So that is our mission now; to try and see how we can gather the evidence because somehow we also believe that this person of interest was also involved in the disappearance of the young man Grinage and so we have to do something about him.”


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