(CNS): An operation run by British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands police officers, alongside British Royal Marines and 47 UK police officers, resulted in the capture of over 100 escaped criminals from the Balsam Ghut prison on Tortola, BVI Governor Gus Jaspert stated yesterday. It is not clear if this means that all the prisoners have now been recaptured and the authorities have still not said exactly how many escaped after the prison was damaged during Hurricane Irma.
Sixteen Cayman Islands officers were deployed to the BVI in response to an urgent request for policing support made by Jaspert in the aftermath of the hurricane. UK Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan told the House of Commons there had been a “serious threat of the complete breakdown of law and order” in the BVI.
Following the police operation yesterday, Jaspert said, “The government of the British Virgin Islands is extremely grateful to the police and military personnel for their tireless efforts, which have today resulted in a thorough and extremely successful operation. I extend our gratitude to the UK and Cayman Islands governments for their provision of personnel on the ground here, helping to ensure the safety and security of all British Virgin Islanders.”
He said this signalled “a huge step in all of our efforts to rebuild this fantastic territory”.