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A police officer attached to the Tobago Division has been granted $175,000 bail with a surety or $25,000 cash alternative, after appearing before a Scarborough Magistrate last Friday.

The 24-year-old officer appeared before a magistrate charged with four offences of sexual penetration of a 15-year-old female victim.

The matter has been postponed to July 24.

The accused was charged by W/Sgt (Ag) Cavelle Mills-Walters of the Tobago Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) following a report made to officers surrounding alleged sexual abuse over an extended period of time. The investigation was supervised by W/Supt (Ag) George, ASP Nowbutt, and Sgt Miller.

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The safety of hikers remains an issue of concern for hiking groups in Trinidad and Tobago.

This after several dangerous incidents have affected hikers in recent times.

On Thursday a man and woman were attacked by an armed man at Cumaca Road in Valencia. After his escape, both victims visited the Valencia Police Station to file a report. They were then taken to the Sangre Grande Hospital for treatment.

There are good reasons for allowing the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) contingent in.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday defended the Government’s decision to grant exemptions for some 250 persons affiliated with the CPL T20 cricket tournament to enter Trinidad and Tobago, while leaving thousands of nationals who want to return outside.

A hawk’s eye will be on the look-out for any Venezuelan who may want to try to vote with a fake Trinidad and Tobago identification card, says United National Congress (UNC) chairman Peter Kanhai.

Kanhai and a team met with Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) officials yesterday.