Daily Archives: August 17, 2011

Selective Denial, Cover-up by Barbados Commissioner of Police

“We were not surprised by the lack of (police) response, especially after repeated¬† death and rape threats against myself and wife and suspected arson attacks were never satisfactorily investigated, despite overwhelming evidence of the source.”

…Barbados hotelier and British foreign investor Adrian Loveridge talks about Barbados Police and crime

Selective Denial on Brass Tacks radio

by Adrian Loveridge - small hotel owner

I listened very carefully to the media conference hosted by the Commissioner of Police yesterday, both live on radio and later carried by CBC television. The COP choose for some obscure reason to sieze on part of a online press article that I contributed to some days ago, where I mentioned the high cost of security  ($60,000 to $80,000 annually) for our small hotel.

The Commissioner sadly avoided all our other concerns regarding the escalating level of violent crime against our guests and those of neighbouring accommodation providers in the Long Beach, Inch Marlow and Silver Sands area.

Neither did he comment of the near two years of emails, faxes and letters literally begging for increased police patrols prior to the death of Canadian Terry Schwarzfeld and why these were never answered or responded to.

Of course, we were not surprised by the lack of response, especially after repeated  death and rape threats against myself and wife and suspected arson attacks were never satisfactorily investigated, despite overwhelming evidence of the source. Was this source ever even interviewed?

More recently, both a 211 emergency and a separate call to Oistins Police station reporting a women trespassing on our property and threatening us with a claw hammer, again received no response.

Has a policy of selective denial been adopted here?

Surely it should not be down to personalities, but we have no doubt that there has been a dramatic increase in the level of crime over the last three years in our area.

During a recent Down to Brass Tacks Sunday programme, I was horrified to hear a representative of a Fort George Heights neigbourhood crime watch state that their residents had witnessed between 40 and 50 robberies over the last year and not a single perpetrator had been brought to justice.

So it appears this part of the island is not alone.

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Is your daughter working in a Bridgetown firetrap?

Updated: September 3, 2012

The end result for the Campus Trendz fire deaths turned out pretty much as we predicted two years ago: murder charge, guilty plea to manslaughter – but no real changes at all and certainly no public inquest into the deficiencies that contributed to the deaths of six good daughters of Barbados.

Bajan daughters and sons still work in downtown death traps with no way out. We still don’t have a Building Code as law.

The same equipment deficiencies at the Fire Service mean that if Campus Trendz happened again today, the same brave, crying, raging men who had to use manual sledge hammers to beat through the brick behind Campus Trendz would still be using manual sledge hammers – because it’s all they have.

Original article published August 18, 2011…

One year after the Campus Trendz fire, nothing has changed

Stores still have window bars to keep fire victims in the human oven

by BFP reader “K”

One year after the Campus Trendz slaughter, sleep does not come easily for my friend. In her mind she still sees the weeping desperate men in the smoke at the rear of Campus Trendz – cursing and yelling as they used hand sledges to break through the brick wall all too slowly. She couldn’t watch any longer, she couldn’t listen any longer and there was nothing the girl could do so she walked away. Continue reading

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