Student arrested for knife and flare gun possession

April 07, 2016

The Juvenile Department is currently investigating a case involving a 14 year old student attending the Saint Maarten Vocational Training School who was caught by a teacher of that school threatening another student with a knife. The suspect student was waving the knife in the face of the other student when a teacher caught him. He took off running and tried to hide the knife. Immediately the police was called to investigate what was going had taken place. The Community Police Officer and a patrol went on the scene and did a search. During the search the knife in question along with a scissors, a flair gun and a flair belonging to the suspect was found.

State of emergency extended to French Caribbean territories after Paris attack

November 22, 2015

The state of emergency declared by France following the terrorist attacks in Paris has been extended to the French Caribbean territories of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, St Martin and St Barths.

The state of emergency was declared last weekend after the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claimed responsibility for the Friday night attacks that killed 129 people and injured more than 350.

A statement released by the ministry of overseas territories said that the decision to include the Caribbean countries was justified by the necessity to reinforce security in all territories during the state of emergency that has since been extended by three months.

Under the state of emergency, law enforcement officials have the power randomly to stop the circulation of persons and install zones of protection and security; to detain suspicious persons and their possessions; to ban meetings or demonstrations; to order searches in houses day or night; to give a compulsory order of residence to any persons whose behaviour or activity is deemed dangerous for security and public order; and lastly to order the submission of weapons and ammunition.

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