Opposition candidate falls prey to burglary

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A suspect was being questioned by police today in connection with a break-in last night at the constituency office of Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St Michael West Bishop Joseph Atherley.

When contacted, Atherley said furniture, equipment, office supplies and information that was stored on eligible voters in his constituency were stolen from his Bank Hall office.

He said some of the property was recovered and he was hoping to retrieve the rest.

“They [police] did a quick job in responding to the reports of the break in when they got it . . . and apprehended the person,” he said, adding that “it looks as though he had made more than one trip during the night”.

When asked how he was taking the incident, Atherley told Barbados TODAY he was more concerned about the type of violence currently taking place in the country.

“It is unfortunate that young people get themselves involved in these things,” he said, while praising the efforts of police.

“It is not only about apprehending people and stuff like that, it is even giving advice to people . . . family-related issues and . . . they have been really helpful to people here and giving general counsel,” the Opposition candidate said.

In spite of the incident, he said his constituency office would remain open. 

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