Saint Lucia police have described the clearing of bush at the base of the walkway overpass near Gablewoods Mall as a “good example” of law enforcers and citizens working together to fight crime.
“I have no doubt the this action will cause much inconvenience to would be criminals who in the past would use the cover of these bushes to aid in their criminal activities,” police spokesman, Corporal Zachary Hippolyte told the Times.
Hippolyte, on behalf of the Royal saint Lucia Police Force, expressed gratitude to the individual or individuals responsible for clearing the area.
On September 5, 2016, two women using the walkway overpass were robbed at knife point within minutes of each other, while a third managed to fend off two young bandits with her umbrella.
The incident occurred opposite Gablewoods Mall shortly before 8:30 pm.
The women had apparently alighted from a bus and were about to cross the walkway overpass that would have taken them to the Gablewoods Mall side, when they were attacked by two young men.
The first woman was robbed of a handbag containing unspecified items.
Minutes later, two other women who were walking together were attacked, one of them being relieved of her handbag although they screamed for help.
One member of the duo used her umbrella to fend off one of the attackers and managed to hold on to her handbag.
It appeared that the two young bandits hid in bushes near the base of the walkway.
Similar attacks have occurred in the same area.