First District Representative and Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Fahie is calling on the Government to have the West End Police Station up and running in short order, adding that it is a disrespect to have residents living without a functioning police station.
His cry follows an incident in which gunmen claimed the lives of 11-year-old Trinity Moses and 41-year-old Franklin Edison Penn Jr while they were traveling in a motor vehicle on the West End public road two weeks ago.
Moses’ mother who was injured in the attack is still recovering from gunshot wounds. To date, no one has been arrested.
“The police station needs repairing. I am championing the cause to get it repaired because last week in West End it was a big issue, and I have been asking questions the whole of this week without any answers. I am going to keep on that because I do not see why it is not open, and I will not stop until it is open,” Fahie said while addressing a community recently.
“It is disrespectful because it is nearly 2,000 persons living in Carrot Bay, West End, Little Apple Bay, Long Bay and Smugglers Cove,” Fahie continued.
The District Representative pointed out that the closest police station is in Cane Garden Bay which is some distance away, adding that that station is also plagued with its own issues such as lack of adequate police vehicles.
He said criminals are aware of this situation.
“I don’t want to sound like the Great I am, but you have the Leader of the Opposition sitting in a village and if he wasn’t with the people where, I love you and you love me, I would be a sitting duck. It is the most disrespectful thing I had ever seen from the time I am living.”
“You know why I am angry? Because we donated every single thing that we could as a community to keep that station open. All they needed to do was do it a quarter of the way, not even half, all that building need is probably 15 more plywood… and the galvanize. All the other things we done get donated and we put them on without a dime. And I have been asking just give me a little more so we could keep it open,” he lamented.
The West End Police Station was destroyed when Hurricane Irma made landfall in the territory on September 6.
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