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Barbados Police Helpless as hundreds of tourists extorted every month by Boscobel road toll gang

Barbados Police Commissioner has ignored road toll gang for five years

Boscobel Road Toll Gang still frightening tourists – Police Commissioner says “Crime stats are down. Don’t worry, be Happy!”

The Boscobel “Road Toll Gang” have been seriously doing their thing for at least five years now. They stop tourist hired cars by standing in front of them. They inform the drivers that the road is closed, instruct them to drive another way and then demand money for the “assistance”.

They are big, nasty men and most of the tourists pay. It is a lucrative business for the gang.

Always seven or eight sitting at the “T” intersection and while one engages the driver in conversation another will sometimes come up behind on the passenger side, reach through an open window to grab a purse or a camera and then run like hell. Sometimes they will even open an unlocked door.

The Royal Barbados Police Force are well aware of this bunch of thieves, but have done nothing except take the reports from the poor tourists who are stupid enough to stop and roll down their windows. The Commissioner doesn’t seem to care and neither do the local officers who have actually been seen on occasion to wave at the gang members as they drive by on patrol.

Hearing that leaves a person kind of gobsmacked, don’t you think?

Commissioner Dottin, Prime Minister Thompson… are you listening to what the tourists are saying?

The leading travel website Trip Advisor has several forums going on the Barbados Boscobel road toll gang where tourists relate some of their stories for others.

Remember folks: this isn’t Barbados Free Press breaking this story. Dozens of tourists have related their experiences at Trip Advisor over the last few years and our police have done nothing. In the new world of the internet Barbados ignores this continuing gang activity at its peril.

Here are a few recent quotes from people in Texas, Ontario and the U.K. as taken from the Trip Advisor website just last week…

Re: Boscobel Road Toll Bandits…..any updates??
Dec 21, 2009, 8:11 AM
Destination Expert for Barbados
“We were unaware of that occurring, but we were actually stopped by them when we drove through that area in October. We wound up giving the guy $10 US and he seemed to be ok with that & we went on our way.

Too bad the police do not crack down on this — the only other time something like this occurred to us was in St. Lucia and we have not been back there since.”

Re: Boscobel Road Toll Bandits…..any updates??
Dec 21, 2009, 8:46 AM
Hi Lois

“so that’s fairly recent. You indicate you were stopped by them. Knowing what you know now, do you think you could have slowed down so as not to run over anyone, yet not stop, thereby avoiding a confrontation?

Also when coming back, if one has run the gauntlet on the way north I wonder, Would they be any more aggressive if they recognize our car?”

Re: Boscobel Road Toll Bandits…..any updates??
Dec 21, 2009, 9:59 AM
“There’s the rub. Even if you avoid them on the way out to North Point you’re going to encounter them on the return. So if they’re mad at you…”

“Another option is to avoid the area, then contact local businesses and authorities and tell them why you will not be spending your dollars in their parish. So far, the police are known to be aware of the situation but have done nothing to stop it. Come to your own conclusions about why that may be so. But clearly, local pressure is the only thing that will end the extortion.”

“Our driver warned us ahead of time to keep the windows up and the doors locked and that he would deal with them, which he did.”

Further Reading at Barbados Free Press

June 17, 2009 Boscobel Road Toll Gang Still Operating Freely In Barbados

September 16, 2008 Barbados Police Helpless In Stopping Boscobel Road Toll Gang

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Simmons, Arthur & Thompson cartoon becomes the most emailed article in Barbados Government service!

We were looking at the statistics the other day to see how many visitors, where they came from etc. and noticed that one of our recent articles appears to have gone viral in Barbados.

Barbados Labour Party finally loses control of Supreme Court – Chief Justice Simmons’ term not extended has been our #1 post for the past three days.

Aha… but that’s not all! About 75% of the folks from Barbados who read the article also downloaded the cartoon.

What are they doing with the cartoon? About an hour ago we receive this little snippet from a certain “.bb” email address…

“Cliverton: the puppet photo of Thompson cutting the strings to the CJ is everywhere in (name of Ministry removed). Nice!”

To our faithful readers at the Ministry, thanks for letting us know. Here’s the cartoon again for those who haven’t seen it in the email that’s going round or pinned on a certain wall.

Marcus.

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