Barker’s curfew in effect

On Thursday evening, Royal Cayman Islands Police began enforcing a nighttime curfew in the Barkers area of West Bay.

According to police, the area which is slated to become national park, will be closed to the public every evening between 6.30pm and 6am until further notice.

“This decision forms part of a crime prevention strategy in the area and has the full support of the landowners,” read a statement issued Thursday evening by the RCIPS.

There have been repeated calls for a police-enforced curfew in the area since the 10 October abduction and murder of Cable and Wireless Communications Manager Estella Scott-Roberts.

Those calls recently intensified following Monday night’s abduction of a 29 year old woman in West Bay. Police said the woman was taken into the Barker’s area by her abductor but managed to run away before she was physically harmed.

No arrests have been made in the most recent abduction.

During a public meeting in West Bay earlier this year, Acting Police Commissioner James Smith said police did have the power to order a temporary curfew in response to a number of serious incidents. He said a permanent nighttime closure at Barkers would require the agreement of Minister Charles Clifford, who has responsibility for the issue.

Police said they would continue to monitor the situation and would notify the public when the curfew is lifted.

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