Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent O. Wheatley (R9) has spoken out against rising crime in the Ninth District of Virgin Gorda and Anegada.
In a short video released today, Saturday, May 23, 2020, the Minister; who is also District Representative for the area, said that given the territory is facing the COVID
-19 pandemic, it is important that the everyone come to together to get through the period.
"Over the past few months, we have seen a bank robbery, theft of materials from the softball field, a break-in at the football field, and more recently two break-ins," he said.
"This is not who we are in the Ninth District, when we have challenges we reach out... we come together and we help each other," Hon Wheatley added.
The Minister said the district is known to be virtually crime-free and said it should remain so while empathising with the businesses who faced losses as a result of the perpetrators.
He encouraged anyone with criminal intent to reach out for help before committing crimes and urged the community to speak out if they see anything.
"We are all in this together... if you see something, say something, crime anywhere is a serious problem everywhere... lets put an end to this now," Hon Wheatley said.