3 arrested for robbery, destroying property during WCB protests

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Three persons have been arrested for robbery and destruction of property during violent protests in West Berbice.

The announcement was made by the Heads of the Joint Services in a statement on Thursday night.

“The Heads of Joint Services also wish to inform the public that the Police is in receipt of reports and evidence of assault on members of the public, and have since arrested three persons, and will continue in their efforts to arrest and prosecute others who were identified breaking the law,” the statement said.

The police’s Public Relations Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police Royston Andries Junor subsequently told reporters that two were arrested for robbery, and one arrested for malicious damage to property.

Meanwhile, the Joint Services, in its statement reassured the citizenry that it will continue to maintain law and order and ensure the unimpeded flow of traffic along the West Berbice corridor.

Protests have erupted in West Berbice since Sunday.

The protests started off as a movement to demand justice for cousins 16-year-old Isaiah and 19-year-old Joel Henry, whose mutilated bodies were found at a backdam at Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice (WCB) on Sunday.

However, the protests quickly descended into lawlessness where persons were being attacked and robbed.

As of yesterday, the situation was returning to normal but persons were still advised against travelling in the area.

The Ministry of Home Affairs recommended only emergency travel, until further notice.