Greater security needed at fetes

A video circulating on social media showing two men brandishing firearms at a fete has prompted law enforcement officials to call on event organizers to beef up security at their events.

Spokesman for the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch told Barbados TODAY the Force was “urging holders of events or fetes to beef up their security and ensure that all patrons are searched whether the event is on land or at sea”.

At the same time he made it clear that the RBPF would continue its initiatives to arrest the flow of illegal weapons onto the streets.

Close-ups of the two young men taken from the video that has gone viral.


A number of guns from a batch of 300 were destroyed today with a machine donated through the United Nations Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Public Relations Officer said.

Among the weapons were rifles, shotguns and handguns, including pistols and revolvers of different calibres.

“The Royal Barbados Police Force through this process is demonstrating transparency and ensuring the destruction of the firearms. This ensures that weapons do not return on the streets, as one would be unable to reconstruct it,” Welch explained.

A screen shot of the video which has been circulating showing two young men displaying their guns during Saturday’s ‘Last Lap’ fete at Kensington Oval.
A screen shot of the video which has been circulating showing two young men displaying
their guns during a recent fete.

The guns were obtained through adjudicated cases and police operations, as well as from members of the public who turned in weapons.

“So far this year we have seized 44 firearms of various descriptions and those were through different means.

“Members of the public can also feel free . . . if they have any firearms in their possession that are not registered to them, they can turn them in to the police. We are also encouraging persons who may know of persons with firearms to give that information anonymously by calling the police directly or Crime Stoppers,” Welch said.

The remainder of the weapons are set to be destroyed tomorrow.

“We continue to be vigilant and continue our exercises in ridding Barbados of illegal firearms,” he added. 

8 Responses to Greater security needed at fetes

  1. Tête La
    Tête La June 23, 2016 at 5:46 am

    The police does kill me… I like their PR
    now if the video wasn’t done in Barbados, what will they do?
    just like the whatsapp circulation that claiming the people of Brittons Hill looking to “offset” the Foreday morning; anyone even the the law could of sent that on whatsapp, anyone, even the priest, politicians, pastors or the people

    right now the biggest bashment tune for the kadooment season coming right out of Brittons Hill, you feel the people would want to stop that? nah, that money coming right up in here

    • harry turnover June 23, 2016 at 7:17 am

      You might have a point… thing though….the powers that be… NOW know who YOU are ( identity )….people like you does”kill me”.
      You talking big and bad in cyber space not knowing wha going on ??…just now the powers that be gine descend on you and got you under surveillance

  2. Ryan Williams
    Ryan Williams June 23, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I saw that video in my news feed- That is barbados for real? I swear it was jamaica. Last lap? i rather be having my last nap at home before i wakeup ta go work……

  3. Lady-Stylez Pilgrim
    Lady-Stylez Pilgrim June 23, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Las lap is supposed to be a teen fete and every year that has so much drama. Fights ‘granmur’ and now guns????

  4. dave June 23, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I don’t care what you say. I was attending Foreday morning from its inception and because of the threat , I am not participating . Things in Barbados change for the worse. This usually happens when the DLP is in power.

    With respect to Security:
    Plenty security is needed not only at fetes but at various Government sites of a sensitive nature. With the amount of Guns on the street and in the hands of idiots , who can tell ? Warning : With the Guns not being manufactured in Barbados, lets have those Containers and packages coming through the Ports, scanned and opened to see whats in them.

  5. harry turnover June 23, 2016 at 7:35 am

    If the video wasn’t done in Bdos ..SO WHAT ?…all the Police got to do is to IDENTIFY those two persons…check their travel records …and proceed from there’
    That young Brittons Hill upstart feel he know everything.When de Police zero in on dem wha he gine come back and say ?


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