Out in full force: Police on the scene at Belle Eau Road, Belmont, last evening, where 61 people were detained for violating Covid-19 restrictions. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

POLICE arrested 61 men and women—three of whom are gang members—last evening at a bar in Belmont for violating Covid-19 restrictions.

Current public health ordinance regulations ­allow up to 25 people to gather in any one place at the same time.

Police said shortly before 5 p.m., they were told about a large gathering of people at a house at Belle Eau Road which had been converted into a bar.

Officers of the Port of Spain Division Task Force, Belmont Police Station and the Port of Spain CID, with the help of the K9 Unit and the Amalgamated Prisoner Transport Division, went into the area and detained the 61 people.

Officers said three of those detained were senior gang members.

They were taken to separate police stations to be questioned last night.


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