A mid-morning raid of a block on 4th Avenue, Skeete’s Road, the Ivy, by officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force has aroused the ire of several youngsters who spend most of their leisure time there.
Wheelchair bound, Dwayne Boyce, told a team from Barbados TODAY that just after 10 a.m. a squad of policemen raided the area and destroyed the bench on which the younsters sit.
Boyce further stated that after destroying the bench the officers returned and took away one youth.
It is understood that after news spread about the incident, BLP candidate for the area, Trevor Prescod, calypsonian Gabby and attorneys-at-law, Mia Mottley and Arthur Holder visited the site.
Prescod charged there was no basis for the police raid since youngsters of the area have been spending most of their leisure time at the location for over 30 years.
Meanwhile, Randolph Outram, campaign manager for Democratic Labour Party candidate in the area suggested that recent events were being staged by operatives of the BLP to create mischief.
He said: “If a forensic investigation could be applied to the situation you would see the fingerprints of a well known BLP operative. This is their modus operandi. It has been applied before in the constituency but I thought we had gotten rid of this 19th century brand of politics.
DLP candidate, Kenny Best, told Barbados TOday that he had a very busy schedule in the morning and later attended a funeral in the afternoon and was therefore unaware of any development.
“I am unaware of any incident in the Ivy and would like to tell Barbadians that I do not associate with any lawlessness,” he added. (NC)