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Garcia: Mindless terrorism at Brian Lara Academy

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Noel Garcia...Udecott chairman.

Mindless terrorism and sabotage.

That’s how chairman of the Urban Development Corporation of T&T (Udecott) Noel Garcia described Saturday’s leaking sewer system and Monday’s water leak in the locker room area of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.

In light of the sabotage at the venue, Garcia said Udecott is now forced to spend thousands of taxpayers’ dollars to ensure the incident does not re-occur.

The leaking sewer was triggered by sanitary napkins, towel and t-shirts being flushed down the toilets, while a tap had been purposely left on which led to the locker room being flooded out.

Yesterday, Garcia said the he had instructed Udecott that sanitary bins be provided in the female toilets to proper disposal.

He has also asked that security, mobile patrols and armed officers be increased forthwith.

“Once there are no games in the stadium everyone entering and leaving the stadium will be registered in the security’s log. Also additional security cameras have been installed and before and after every cricket match a plumber’s snake would be used to ensure that the lines leading to the toilet are not choked,” Garcia said, in outlining some of the new measures that Udecott had implemented.

A snake is a cable-like device that you navigate through the toilet hole to help loosen up a clog.

“We are in the process of procuring these things....the sanitary bins and even signs informing users of the toilets that only toilet paper is to be flushed in the bowl.”

Asked what would be the cost attached for these measures, Garcia was unable to say.

“But it would be a huge sum simply to prevent misguided individuals from doing damage to a facility that is serving the national community. You know what is also ironic the people who are leading the charge, it is their community who is benefiting the most.”

He said what took place between Saturday and Monday was “Madness. It reminds me almost like mindless terrorism. We hope that that would bring an end to the sabotage because the cameras picked up everything.”

Garcia said on Monday a tap was “left on deliberately” by someone which flooded the locker room area.

“Coincidentally minutes after the tap was left on the Guardian newspaper was notified. I am now asking for an investigation. That sounds to me like sabotage.

“Somebody stage managed an incident and called the newspaper shortly thereafter. What worries me is why are people so intent that the stadium should not be opened? There are people and individuals who are hell bent on destroying the name of this stadium.

“Clearly the aim was to create a hysteria. The aim, as misguided and foolish as it sounds is to host the closure of the stadium.”

Garcia said Udecott was reviewing the security tape of Monday’s incident.

If they can identify anyone on the tape, Garcia said they would deem it to be a criminal matter and hand it over to the police.

So far, Garcia said the facility has staged over 20 matches.


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