New TripAdvisor discussion forum – Boscobel Toll Gang still frightening tourists with demands for money

"The road is closed. I need ten dollars."

“The bottom line is that we were terrified, and vowed never to explore anywhere near that part of the island again.”

Comment on TripAdvisor by Canadian tourist MelvaOntario_Canada, January 8, 2015

“Just got back from an amazing trip to Barbados. The only negative part was that we ran into the Boscobel toll gang. Reading some of the accounts I have read online, I think we got off pretty lightly, but it was still a pretty scary experience. Steer clear of Boscobel unless you want to get mugged!”

Comment on TripAdvisor by UK tourist wintersun2010, June 27, 2012

“This has been happening in Barbados for many years. It happened to us near north point in St Lucy same thing, road closed etc. Lost money and a camera.”

Comment on TripAdvisor by UK tourist footychick, June 18, 2009

Barbados Police helpless to stop Boscobel Toll Gang

The Boscobel “Road Toll Gang” has been terrorizing and extorting tourists and outsiders for at least ten years. Thousands of tourists have been accosted and frightened into paying money to pass.

Hotels and car hire agencies regularly warn tourists to avoid the Boscobel area, lest the tourists be frightened when the gang blocks the road and demands money to pass. As they do each and every day at the “TEE” intersection.

These thugs have been subjects of discussions at Trip Advisor and other travel forums for a full ten years. Writing to a Canadian tourist in 2010, Prime Minister David Thompson declared the matter closed, telling the tourist “I believe that this matter has been investigated and I have certainly received no other negative reports.”

The Prime Minister unfortunately was either uninformed or shining on the Canadian – because Toll Gang activity continued and grew.

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Boscobel, Barbados – home turf of the Boscobel Toll Gang            

Barbados Free Press didn’t break the story of the gang, we merely reported what was being said on other very influential tourist websites. We published many articles about the Boscobel Toll Gang and chided the police for not doing anything. We chided the police for failing to respond to a shooting at a Boscobel football match where witnesses reported one of the toll gang fired shots from a round-gun (revolver). BFP and others called the police helpless and incompetent that this gang of thugs should be taking money from thousands of tourists for all these years.

And still the gang continues while the Barbados Police sleep, drink or whatever it is they do instead of defending our tourist based economy from this gang.

BFP’s articles about the Boscobel Road Toll Gang…

July 19, 2012 TripAdvisor on Boscobel Toll Gang: UK tourist says “steer clear of Boscobel unless you want to get mugged!”

January 23, 2012 Tripadvisor: Boscobel Toll Gang still frightening tourists

November 13, 2010 Boscobel Shooting: Residents in fear as Barbados Police fail to respond

September 9, 2010 Dear Commissioner Dottin: About those internet “rumours” of Barbados Police corruption and incompetence…

August 23, 2010 Boscobel toll gang still extorting tourists. Barbados police helpless.

June 27, 2010 Canadian investor Bob Verdun accosted by Barbados Boscobel Toll Gang

March 25, 2010 Barbados Prime Minister emails Canadian tourist: “(Boscobel Road Toll Gang) has been investigated… I have received no other negative reports”

January 8, 2010 Barbados Police Helpless as hundreds of tourists extorted every month by Boscobel road toll gang

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

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

12 Comments

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12 responses to “New TripAdvisor discussion forum – Boscobel Toll Gang still frightening tourists with demands for money

  1. Anonymous

    I’m a Barbadian and encountered some of this same lawless bunch in 2012 while visiting. They haven’t robbed the ‘right’ tourist yet, Someone aught to put a few of the gang members out of their misery since the authorities cannot.

  2. slipped disk

    Whilst this isn’t funny- mini Somalia pirate gang eh! we have a bunch of what some may robbers, doing similar but legally between England and Wales. Its called Severn Bridge crossing PLC. Its £6.50 for a car and £19.60 for a truck to go over. That’s to travel less than a mile (1.5k) Our feckless politicians caused this business barrier to happen the way it has, I expect yours are doing the same!

  3. Anonymous

    Sadly yet another example of poor policing, what in Gods name does it take to trap these, the most obvious criminals on the planet. We have family visiting this year and I have to say I am advising them about not visiting what was once a safe, secure and beautiful island, my thoughts are with the law biding Bajans,probably 99.9% of the population, who are suffering with these wretched people and a pathetic, inefficient police force

  4. slipped disk

    And why BFP are you seeking to censor my post? Will you censor this to?

  5. Green Monkey

    They can’t stop the vagabonds tearing up and down the highways and byways on unlicensed and uninsured scrambler motorcycles (with no mufflers) and popping wheelies as they go either.

  6. Zobra Parson

    The Barbados Government will not take any notice of this situation until they wake up one morning and find that all the Hotel rooms on the Island are empty.

  7. Philly bajan

    Under paid police, over paid Politicians, thousands of laid off workers with no hope ,half naked prostitutes up and down Bush hill . When Cuba come of line as a major tourists destination, it will be lights out for Barbados and the Boscobel toll gang.

  8. BFP

    To slipped disk,

    No censorship, the autospam grabbed it for the usual no reason. fixed it.

    Clive

  9. slipped disk

    TY BFP. Cuba threatens Barbados’s tourist industry!! Wow

  10. Anonymous

    The Barbados Police Force must know who these people are. Everyone in Barbados knows someone that knows someone else who knows what goes on. About three years ago we went past the Boscobelle turn hiking and the gang were surprisingly much less threatening than if we were in a car, a bit red eyed but that was it. This however doesn’t make the situation tenable. These people must be stopped from harassing visitors. Mr Lashley, Minister of Tourism, is so keen to say what he is doing to promote tourism but he does nothing to stop the drain of tourists that won’t return because they have been scared.

    This situation is easy to resolve, probably no need to even send a police car, just have a word with the perpetrators. The authorities, if they have already done their homework, already know who the villains are.

  11. Daniel K. from Austin

    We were accosted by these people last year and it was the only bad thing that happened during our vacation. It frightened my wife and I thought what would I do if it became serious but they only asked for money and I said no and drove on. i don’t understand why the police allow this to happen for so many years.

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