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Police arrest man; disrupt fight at festival village

Police restraining a college student (not visible in the photo) during the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Monday morning

Police restraining a college student (not visible in the photo above) during the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Monday morning

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Although the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival has been relatively peaceful, there have been a few incidents.

One of the four incidents seen by BVI News Online was a fight that took place at the centre of the venue a few hours before daybreak today when Soca artiste Destra completed her performance.

In that fight, which involved young men, police officers were quick to restrain one of the fighters – a college student who lives on Tortola.

Although he resisted police efforts to pull him away from the fight, he was not arrested.

Meanwhile, a few hours before the fight transpired, members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force had a tough time restraining a man who, it appeared, had too much alcohol to drink.

The law enforcers eventually forced him into a vehicle, which then left the festival village.

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Police restraining a man (with red on his sweater)

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Police force the man into a vehicle

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The vehicle is driven away from the festival village

Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee Trefor Grant was among the onlookers. “Zero-tolerance,” he said when BVI News Online approached him after the arrest.

In addition to those two incidents, BVI News Online observed two others in which male civilians tried to prevent police from searching them while they were inside the festival village. They were not arrested.

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