Saturday 16 November, 2019

Soufriere youth clean up community to reduce crime

A group of young persons in Soufriere have taken the initiative to curb criminal activities in their community.

Yesterday, October 19, 2019, they cleared several areas of bushes in the community to make it a safer place.

The exercise was organized by the Guardian Club of Soufriere in collaboration with Sergeant Shervon Matthieu, a resident of the community, who is attached to the Gros Islet Police Station. The Guardian Club is headed by former beauty pageant constant Maygan Pascal, who was attacked by a male earlier this year.

According to Matthieu, the author of two books on how to protect oneself against crime, the cleanup campaign will reduce the criminal activities in the community and make it a much safer and beautiful place.

Sergeant Shervon Matthieu

“There are areas in the community where there are a lot of bushes and where criminals can hide and attack persons going to their homes after work in the evening,” Matthieu told Loop News.

He said as time progresses, they will be undertaking more initiatives to continue to improve the safety of the community, adding that he is very concerned about the crime situation in the country.

According to Matthieu, in the future, their activities will be bigger and better and will attract many more people.

Maygan Pascal said she had expected more persons to take part in the activity but added that those who took part in it did so wholeheartedly and care for the safety of their community.

She said the cleanup campaign will be an ongoing exercise which will take place every three months.

“I would really like to see criminal activities in Soufriere be reduced and activities to promote the development of the youth in the community increased,” she said.

The cleanup campaign follows a successful walk against crime in the community which the Guardian Club held in collaboration with Sergeant Matthieu a few months ago.

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