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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        Continue reading

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Headlines: Mottley says ‘no rampant crime’. British national stabbed to death at Gap tourist area. Pregnant mother shot.

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On Saturday night, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley told a Brooklyn, New York town hall meeting that although there have been publicised isolated incidents, crime is not running rampant in Barbados.

Folks in Grape Hall might have a different opinion because you can’t leave a shirt hanging out to dry without keeping an eye out for it, and it’s not wise to walk in the evening unless you are in a group or sure of yourself. Five years ago things were different. Tell me if I’m wrong! While a few Brit tourists have said very public goodbyes to Bim, most don’t write letters when they make that decision.

Looking at some of the headlines from the 24 hours after Mia’s message, and knowing how things are – you have to ask yourself if Mia and some of her fellow political class really believe what they say publicly. Or, do they think they can ‘solve’ the crime problem by denial?

Nation News: Mottley: No rampant crime.

Telegraph UK: Briton fatally stabbed in Barbados

Nation News: Guns Ablaze

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Irony: Shot tourists return as guests of Barbados – as another tourist is shot.

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“I would not mind getting shot again to go through that! It really was a fantastic holiday and they did us so proud. It was quite overwhelming.

Everybody was so kind and so concerned, and so very, very happy that we had gone back, but for us, it did not hold any fear or trepidation.”

DISS Express: Couple shot on Barbados holiday return for “holiday of a lifetime”

March 3, 2014 Ipswisch Star: Philip and Ann Prior to return to Barbados a year after shooting

March 17, 2013 BFP: British tourists shot in broad daylight – Sunday afternoon walkabout in Bridgetown

Dear Barbados Free Press,

Is it the government’s policy that tourists get a two week all-expenses-paid free vacation if they are shot during a visit? Does this offer apply to the most recent victims, or just Mr. and Mrs Prior?

Should we advertise this as a feature of vacationing in Barbados? I can see the advertisement now:

“Our Bajan vacation guarantee: Should things go terribly wrong, we’ll give you a free holiday once you’ve recovered!”

Many will say that I am being unreasonable by bringing this up, but my point is not that we shouldn’t have looked after these good people (or any visitors having some trouble to any degree). My point is that something is going terribly wrong on this island and has been going terribly wrong for a number of years. And it is getting worse.

At the same time that Mr. and Mrs. Prior were here for their free ‘compensation holiday’, another tourist (this one from Canada) was fighting for his life after being shot…

On March 12, 2014, four gunmen burst into a rented beach apartment at Bath and shot Canadian tourist Johnathan Huddle in front of his wife and 11 month old daughter. Fortunately Mr. Huddle survived – according to various reports because he and his wife are both trained soldiers with tours in Afghanistan…

… from BFP’s One month after Canadian tourist shot – no excuse for 1 hour ambulance wait

And there have been many other incidents in the last year. Is it just me, or is it all going to hell?

name withheld by request

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Another gunpoint tourist robbery, complaints about Barbados Police incompetence, uncaring attitude

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by Cliverton

Two serious incidents in a few weeks does not make for an epidemic of violence against tourists – but one must be concerned to look at all the foreign press stories over the past two years of tourists returning home from Barbados with tales of thefts, gun-point robberies, bus accidents and other bad vacation experiences.

And the news stories don’t stop at just reporting the crimes. Invariably the victims also recount unprofessional police officers, uncaring tourism workers, ambulances that never arrive or the state of the run-down slum that passes for our Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Violent crimes against tourists damage our reputation not just because of the crimes – but also because victims are then confronted with sub-standard emergency services and the limitations of our crumbling infrastructure.

Our so-called leaders have failed to fund and develop a professional police force. They have failed to maintain the quality of our environment and tourism offerings. They embraced every get-rich-quick scheme or new tourism trend and in so doing ignored what is important to the core of our economy. Oh… Cricket World Cup was going to save us. Then it was health tourism, and when that didn’t work it was sports tourism, faith tourism, history tourism and tourists from China, India or Brazil.

While the big shots padded their overseas bank accounts and retired to Canada or Switzerland, domination of the hotel sector by the Government of Barbados undermined independent owners to the point where investors gave up building new room stock on the island.

And so it is that another story of another tourist couple robbed at gunpoint has implications far beyond the crime itself.

Why is it that the vision of what must be done to save Barbados is so clear to ordinary Bajans, but seems beyond imagination to our glorious leaders?

Read it and weep…   Continue reading

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UPDATE: One month after Canadian tourist shot – no excuse for 1 hour ambulance wait

Somebody should be sacked

by Passin Thru

On March 12, 2014, four gunmen burst into a rented beach apartment at Bath and shot Canadian tourist Johnathan Huddle in front of his wife and 11 month old daughter. Fortunately Mr. Huddle survived – according to various reports because he and his wife are both trained soldiers with tours in Afghanistan.

On the good side, our Royal Barbados Police Force arrested three adults and one 15 year old less than two weeks later. Excellent work – assuming that they have the right thugs. (That is always a realistic concern in Barbados when a tourist is harmed. The police sometimes beat confessions from the ‘usual suspects’ by default.)

As bad as the story is though, the Canadian press is still playing up the fact that Mrs. Huddle kept her husband alive for AN HOUR that it took the ambulance to arrive.

That’s right: an hour for an ambulance to arrive when they knew that a tourist had been shot.

Concerning the hour for an ambulance to arrive, there are two messages that Barbados can deliver to Canada and our other tourism markets:

1/ This is acceptable and standard in Barbados, and tourists should know that if they get hurt it may take an hour or more for an ambulance to reach them.

or

2/ An hour is unacceptable, and the persons responsible have been sacked.

If Barbados doesn’t sack someone over this, then any assurances and apologies are pure cow turd.

Prime Minister Stuart… watcha gonna do?

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Discredited Barbados Police can’t shake the tourist rape case that won’t go away.

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Tourist Rape Victims continue to press for justice – for them and  for the wrongly accused!

Rape victims Dr. Rachel Turner (left) and Diane Davies (right) continue their quest to have the Royal Barbados Police Force re-open their rape cases. The two women were violently attacked in October 2010 while visiting Barbados, and then spent the next two years trying to free the man who was falsely arrested for the crime. Derrick Crawford spent two years in jail before the charges were dropped, despite the protests by the victims that he was not the man. True to form, our professional police force never took DNA samples from the victims, and the innocent man, Derrick Crawford, says most credibly that the police beat his confession out of him. You know, just like usual as people on this rock know.

The Commissioner of Police at the time was Darwin Dottin. BFP had been calling for Dottin’s sacking for years but it was not until June of 2013 that Bajans were finally rid of the man who led the Royal Barbados Police Force into a steep decline in professionalism and public support. Last June, the victims cheered Dottin’s removal…

Mrs Davies told the BBC she was “absolutely delighted” that Commissioner Dottin was no longer in charge.

“He supported the police investigation and turned on us,” said Mrs Davies.

She called on whoever replaces Commissioner Dottin to “reopen the case and find the man who attacked us”.

… from the BBC’s Barbados Rapes: Police Chief Removed

Now the victims are back in the news, having written to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart after Acting Commissioner Tyrone Griffith also refused to re-open the case.

How long will it take on politicians and police to learn that these days, you can’t make difficult or embarrassing happenings go away by ignoring them!

The internet is here. This story won’t go away on it’s own. It will keep coming back because the real rapist remains free and the victims want justice.

TopGear is coming. Watcha gonna do, Commissioner?   Continue reading

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Canadian tourists robbed at gunpoint in room. Sex assault upon wife as husband held at gunpoint.

Cheerful Commissioner Dottin comments on the recent tourist robberies

Commissioner ‘Do-nothing’ Dottin

Downstairs American couple also robbed at gunpoint

“Then he grabbed me inappropriately,” she said. “It felt like forever, but it was probably like a minute.”

“I’m laying there in my night dress thinking, ‘What the hell is going on?’”

The Nation News has withdrawn the original story from its website – probably to try to limit the public relations damage for the Barbados Tourism Authority – but that doesn’t stop the foreign press from reporting another violent gunpoint robbery of tourists in Barbados.

The Star newspaper in Toronto Canada is reporting that a Canadian couple was robbed at gunpoint in the Sea-U Guest House on Tuesday night. The wife was ‘touched inappropriately’ as the husband stood impudently by and made the wise decision to let his wife be sex assaulted instead of being shot.

From the news story the robbers would have kidnapped the couple had they had a rented vehicle. Another vacationing couple at the guest house was also robbed. They were from Virginia USA so the robbers took care of tourism from both the USA and Canada.

Our Commissioner of Police, “Do-nothing Dottin” had this to say about the tourist robberies… (nothing at all)

Meanwhile in other news two men shot at Barbados Water Authority employees last night, and a home was burned to the ground after someone tossed a Molotov cocktail.

Wonderful. Just wonderful. Just f’ing wonderful.

The local press can ignore violent tourist robberies all they want, but there is this little thing called The Internet where 90% of people research their vacations before deciding on the destination. When the politicians finally decide to care about the quality of life on this rock for all of us including the tourists, they can take a few logical steps…

  1. Fire Do-nothing Dottin
  2. Raise police salaries enough to attract the kind of police candidates that Barbados deserves
  3. Hire 100 new officers immediately to bring the RBPF up to strength.

Until all that happens and we see some improvements, be prepared to read more stories in the foreign press like this, while watching the tourism revenues tank…

York U profs robbed at gunpoint in Barbados

… from The Star, Toronto Canada Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013
Intruders in plaid shorts and bandanas entered their guesthouse and demanded money, access to the safe and a car, before doing the same in another unit.  Continue reading

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