Bridgetown sweep

Police round up another group of illegal vendors

The Royal Barbados Police Force has demonstrated that it meant business when it warned that illegal vending would not be allowed in The City.

Police today rounded up a number of vendors believed to be plying their trade without permission, and took them in to Central Police Station for questioning.

Just last week, police swooped down on illegal vendors operating on the Duncan O’Neal Bridge and St Michael’s Row, forcing those who did not have valid permits to move.

Police on the Duncan O’Neal Bridge ensuring vendors move from that location.
Police on the Duncan O’Neal Bridge ensuring vendors move from that location.
Police brought a truck to remove items belonging to vendors.
Police brought a truck to remove items belonging to vendors.
Vendors packing up to move.
Vendors packing up to move.

Almost two dozen uniformed officers were involved in today’s operation in St Michael’s Row, Harwood Alley, Bridge Street, Fairchild Street and Marhill Street, once again, asking vendors to show their permits.

One of the officers in charge of the operation, who only gave his name as Sargeant Lynch, told Barbados TODAY while some of the vendors had permits, they were vending outside the permitted areas.

Of the estimated 12 vendors who were checked, three did not have valid permits and were taken to Central Police Station for questioning, but were not arrested, Lynch said.

He explained that the vendors were warned of intended prosecution for selling marketable commodities without a valid permit before they were released.

The police officer said produce that had been confiscated would be returned to the owners upon completion of the investigations.

Lynch denied that vendors in those areas were being unfairly targeted, noting that lawmen were simply going after those who did not have valid permits.

However, some vendors were unhappy with the police operation, with one, Frank Gibson, complaining to Barbados TODAY that he had applied for a permit on numerous occasions but had been denied each time.   

Vendor Eleanor Lynch (right) was spared the nightmare of her tray full of produce being taken away by Police after she was caught vending on the Duncan O’Neal Bridge.  Here, she is receiving assistance in getting her tray off the Police truck by an officer, and vendor Frank Gibson.
Vendor Eleanor Lynch (right) was spared the nightmare of her tray full of produce being taken away by Police after she was caught vending on the Duncan O’Neal Bridge. Here, she is receiving assistance in getting her tray off the Police truck by an officer, and vendor Frank Gibson.

Gibson, who was selling on the Bridge, said he made the applications upon being released from prison where he had spent 12 years on remand, because all he wanted was to make an honest dollar.

“Tell me how I should feel. Them got some men that would look to steal or rob because you ain’t got nothing in the house to eat, and you only thing that you have for
self-employment, them take it away from you. I can’t survive so; and everyday people getting laid off,” Gibson said, adding that he did not blame the police for doing their job.

“Issue we a temporary permit so when the police come we don’t have to pack up and run. Let everybody live,” he said.

Vendor Frank Gibson (in white shirt) making his plea to Police officers.
Vendor Frank Gibson (in white shirt) making his plea to Police officers.

anestahenry@barbadostoday.bb

5 Responses to Bridgetown sweep

  1. Noel prescod June 9, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    i guess the crime rate will rise again, if you cant make a dollar, you are force to steel one. those vendors are part of the Bridgetown heritage. just making life harder for every one….

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  2. miche June 10, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Why did the vendors have to be on the street in the first place ,,is because of the forced Death of the Fairchild Street market.due to the bad positioning of the Bus terminal.,,,Any thinking person ,,would have realized that what happened in that construction was against the livelihood of persons using the market….what they did in building the terminal where it is ,,,was to stop the customers from passing through the market to reach the bus stand as was the custom….you now would have to walk through the bus stand,,,go to the market then to go back to the bus terminal…….When they could have put the bus terminal where the market was,and the Market ,,where the bus terminal is,,,thus, commuters would have to pass through the market to get to the bus .thereby giving them the opportunity to shop an go………….ts not too late,to correct this oversight,,,,ant the problem of street vending would be solved ,.

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  3. dave June 10, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Dont stop at the Vendors –What about the Auditor General’s Report? What about the Hard Rock Cafe at the Harbour ? What about the Guns on the Street. If you are going to start with Vendors –good but do not stop at the Vendors- go right through. I am not for one moment saying that the Police should do something about the Auditor General’s report but that something should be done about that report by whomever has the responsibility. The Police would then come into play for the consequential arrests and detention of the culprits (the ones accused)-ditto for other Offenders –Lets clean up everywhere !!

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  4. Observer June 10, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Putting those folks out of buisness is not the answer taking bread out of those people mouths is not a good idea work with them to get licensed even if it’s temporary

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  5. Eddie Forde June 10, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Instead of harrassing vendors from making a living, the police would be better employed to chase the real criminals who go about gunning people down with their illegal guns and also searching the cargo that come in through the seaports and airports. These guns are coming from somewhere. Young people being able to get hold of guns. Come on Barbados police get the finger out and do something these vendors are not killing anyone!

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