Saint Lucia police have confirmed reports of excessive drinking and one arrest for stabbing at a weekend event in the North of the Island.
The confirmation came at a news conference Monday in the aftermath of concerns expressed by the Saint Lucia National Youth Council (NYC), about photos of drunken young people who attended the activity that were posted on social media.
The event was dubbed ‘Live N Colour‘.
Police spokeswoman Anne Joseph told reporters that emanating from the August 17 activity at Pigeon Point, there were several reports of a criminal nature and traffic matters referred to the police for investigation.
“Some of those matters were actually of a serious nature,” Joseph explained.
She disclosed that they included a stabbing, the victim being admitted to Victoria Hospital.
Joseph said the police received several complaints in relation to excessive drinking.
“What we can say is that the fire service – although we can confirm that there was a significant number of these reports; the fire service was able to deal with these matters,” the police spokeswoman noted.
“It was a lot and we need to commend them for working alongside the police as well as medical personnel on the scene,” Joseph stated.
She explained in response to a question from a reporter that public drunkenness is an offence.
However Joseph expressed the view that it is not a matter only for which the police should take responsibility.
She asserted that individuals need to drink in moderation.
“You go to an activity; let’s say like this one – Live N Colour; and you drink excessively, you put yourself not only at a health risk because we do know that alcohol has adverse effects medically, but you also put yourself at risk of becoming a target of criminal entities,” Joseph asserted.
She declared that the onus is actually on the individual.
“Nobody forces you to consume large quantities of alcohol,” Joseph said.
She explained that the Live N Colour event was one where persons took their own alcohol to the activity.
“It wasn’t a situation where the promoters were providing large amounts of alcohol to persons. The majority of the alcohol was brought in,” Joseph stated.