Melissa Edwards, Senior Journalist,
(BVI Platinum News) Food, water and supplies are not the only things residents of the Virgin Islands are worried about, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, as just over 120 prisoners, who were housed at Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsum Ghut, are now freely roaming the streets.
Like most properties across the Territory, the prison was decimated by the category 5 storm, resulting in the prisoners returning to the community.
Local officials have not communicated the threat of prisoners to residents, but have imposed a curfew, and requested security assistance from the United Kingdom.
Residents have told BVI Platinum News that they have recognized some of the inmates and described them as helpful, assisting with clearing debris. Other residents have shared that some prisoners are part of the widespread looting and other criminal activities that are taking place.
U.K troops have started to arrive to assist local officials restore law and order.