Party goers slash police tyres, arrested for breaching COVID-19 rules


The Guyana Police Force is on the hunt for persons who slashed the tyres of the force’s vehicle while ranks tried to break up a party at Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara (WCD) in the wee hours of Sunday.

The Police in a statement noted that Regional Commander and Senior Superintendent, Errol Watts along with a female Assistant Superintendent, received information and visited Den Amstel Back Street, where they observed that a party was ongoing with about 350 persons.

The Commander observed the gathering for about 20 minutes before calling on the Joint Services Patrol which arrived in motor vehicle PWW 5438.

“…on seeing the ranks, the patrons ran away,” the police said, but ranks later discovered that the right rear tyre of the force vehicle was slashed with a sharp object.

“Checks were made in and around the area, no useful information received,” police said. The police, however, arrested 33-year-old Shellon Payne Lewis; 19-year-old Quancy Lyte and 23-year-old Wayne Bess, all of Den Amstel.

The police vehicle at Den Amstel, WCD [GPF photo/ December 6, 2020]
The Commander is urging persons to desist from attending large gatherings in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

“Avoid public gatherings especially those where large number of persons are gathered and social distancing breaches according to COVID-19 guidelines are done. This endangers public safety and security and exposes the patrons to the highest risk of contracting the COVID-19,” the Commander said.

“Caution is for you to avoid these illegal parties, police will visit these places and take action as appropriate and persons can be injured, to avoid this, remain in the premises of your home –if you want to have a drink, have a drink at home and be merry with your family,” he added.

The Regional Commander said too many persons in the region are not adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines.

Region Three has so far recorded 412 cases of the disease and close to ten deaths.

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