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Wednesday, October 25, 2006 – Minister for Labour Relations, Public Service and Cooperatives Honourable Velon John on Tuesday, October 25th gripped the attention of the House of Assembly as he vehemently denounced crime on the island.

Adding his voice in support of the Praedial Larceny Bill, Minister John said the legislation is directly related to the crime surge in the country. Minister John, a former magistrate, said his comments was also coming as a result of his great knowledge and experience in criminology. He noted that praedial larceny is part of a bigger problem.

“The Praedial Larceny Bill, as envisaged, is just one piece in a large puzzle, where the whole is greater than its parts; and just as this particular piece needs to be scrutinised and assessed, in terms of its practicality and relevance, so are the pieces which need to be considered within a time frame that embraces the immediacy of our collective anxiety and resolve,” Minister John said.

The member of parliament for Laborie also called the entire nation to action saying no one is free of responsibility to lessen crime.

“This consideration needs to address the puzzle in its totality. For it is a two-face puzzle, demarcated by the climate for crime and the climate of crime.”

The Minister observed that crime was more pronounced in Castries and Vieux Fort in comparison to Soufriere and called for sociological research into the reason for this phenomenon.

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