Trinidad and Tobago has once again made an impact on the international stage, but this time not in a positive light. Following the death of 22 year old British Cricketer, Adrian St John on Sunday evening the United Kingdom has updated its travel advisory to the twin island republic.
The advisory says, “There is a high level of gang related violent crime in Trinidad, particularly in the inner city neighbourhoods east of Port of Spain’s city centre, Laventille, Morvant and Barataria. This crime tends to occur within local communities but can sometimes affect visitors. A British national was murdered after being robbed at gunpoint in the Mt D’Or area of Mt Hope in Trinidad on 10 April 2016.”
More than 140 murders have been recorded for the year thus far. Speaking at the funeral of slain police officer Anson Benjamin yesterday, National Security Minister, Edmund Dillon said that that the murder rate and crime rate is intolerable and that he would do all that is required to fix the problem.
The country waits to see the sustained fruits of Dillon’s efforts, as do the nations of the foreign nationals come to our shores.