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#106631 - 07/29/05 05:40 PM Crime in San Pedro
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From the London Times of today. At least AC hasn't plumbed these depths - yet.

A BRITISH teenager was shot dead as he struggled with two gunmen during a botched robbery in a luxury villa in Barbados.

Daniel May, 19, from Hornchurch, Essex, was shot twice in the back on Wednesday night while helping his father to confront one of the assailants.

The teenager fell to the ground as his father, Lindsay, tried to fend off one of the robbers by stabbing him several times in the neck with a broken bottle. Daniel was taken to hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

One of the gunmen escaped with an undisclosed amount of money. Last night police were guarding a suspect with a stab wound at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as they searched the island for the second man.

The Mays, a family of seven, arrived in Barbados two weeks ago and were spending their holiday at Prospect, St James, on the wealthy west coast of the island.

The family had returned from a restaurant just after 10pm when they were attacked in an upstairs bedroom. The assailants are alleged to have demanded money while holding the Britons at gunpoint. A struggle ensued.

The suspect under arrest is understood to have been struck with a fire extinguisher. He is reported to have told hospital staff that he had been robbed and injured by a group of men.

Hospital sources said that he was in a serious but not critical condition. The teenager’s father had minor cuts.

John White, the British High Commissioner, described the incident as unfortunate but said that it would not affect any advice to British visitors.

“This is a peaceful and very welcoming island for British and other countries’ tourists and I hope it very much remains that way,” Mr White said.

“The best advertisement for Barbados would be if the police force were able to capture the people who are responsible for this incident and for them to be dealt with swiftly under the law.”

Hudson Husbands, chairman of the Barbados Tourism Authority, said that his organisation had moved the victim’s family to a different location and was paying their bills.

“We are monitoring their wishes . . . so that we can actually provide for those details,” he said.

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#106632 - 07/29/05 05:46 PM Re: Crime in San Pedro
SP Daily Offline
A sad story...but an idea that San Pedro might consider. When a tourist is victimized by local crime, the CofC or some other NGO should jump in and take care of them...as they're doing in Barbados.

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#106633 - 07/29/05 05:57 PM Re: Crime in San Pedro
Now Danny Offline
Good idea Jesse.

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#106634 - 07/29/05 09:21 PM Re: Crime in San Pedro
lovey and thurston Offline
Another thought is a sweep of some of the work sites. There are some questionables next door at a construction site that I rather doubt have legal papers.
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#106635 - 07/29/05 09:39 PM Re: Crime in San Pedro
Chloe Offline
"We all know who these people are"
Of course they are known...any one visiting for a few days, can point them out.

If the people that live full time on the Island would get their royal asses off their golf carts and walk through town......they too would get hustled. Hey give it a go.
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