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Inferno gobbles up iconic, Crackpot Kitchen in Grace Bay



The Turks and Caicos Domestic Fire Department threw everything they had at a raging inferno, which erupted shortly after 8 p.m. at the Ports of Call plaza in Providenciales, Grace Bay.

At this hour, the blaze is smoldering and lots and lots of damage is done.

Raging inferno completely destroys upper story of eastern wing of Ports of Call plaza; home of Crackpot Kitchen Restaurant. Photo shared on social media

All three fire trucks are working and all of them have had to refill with water at least one time each, in order to contain the fire which appears to have started at Crackpot Kitchen, a popular, locally-owned restaurant run by the TCI’s Culinary Ambassador, Chef Nikita Skippings.

In one of the early videos circulating on social media; very faintly you can hear Chef Nik shouting his disbelief as a fire, fanned by high winds gobbled up the second story, patio-styled eatery, which is also home to the Chop Off-Cook Off culinary competition.

There is no report of injury, at least, not physically but it is clear the damage is extensive. Only a charred mess is left of the roof of the eastern wing of the building.

It is said, businesses occupying the bottom floor have also suffered some damage.

Drone photo shared on social media; Ports of Call, Grace Bay, Providenciales

Residents are tonight stunned at the news, saddened by this outcome which only compounds challenges already being faced due to the economic fall-out caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Restrictions have been significantly eased in the Turks and Caicos Islands, which has no active cases of COVID-19 on record at this time; the country peaked at 12 cases.

Emergency Orders uphold an evening curfew which begins 8 p.m. daily; the restaurant, as with all other businesses in the complex would have been closed since 5 p.m.

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Firearm and Drug Charges



Media Release


July 15th, 2024.


SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Turks & Caicos’ E.J Saunders part of Election Observer team in UK on July 4



Danae Dennie



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Hon. E. J Saunders recently participated in the July 4 UK General Elections as part of the Commonwealth Observers and he will submit a report on his observations.

The mission of this initiative was to ensure that the information given in a report from the observers will inform future electoral development in the UK and jurisdictions of Commonwealth Observers. It is also hoped that the observers will have an increased understanding of the Electoral practices in the UK.

There were observers from England, France, Australia and the Seychelles.

When asked about his experience as an observer Hon. Saunders, who is an All Island elected member of the Turks and Caicos House of Assembly said, “I’m happy that I’ve had the opportunity to be part of this process and to have my recommendations added to the final report. To know that TCI’s feedback and recommendations will help to help strengthen the electoral process in the UK is significant. It’s usually the other way around.”

Hon. Saunders, a former deputy premier and former finance minister was able to be in the room when the results came in for what is now regarded as an historic political shift in the UK.

The Labour Party won the election, ending 14 years of Conservative rule. It was a landslide victory which made Kier Starmer the new Prime Minister; his party secured 412 of 650 seats in the House of Commons.

In comparison to the electoral process in the TCI, Hon. Saunders said “In some ways, I’m very impressed. In other ways I have a newfound appreciation for our electoral process at home.”

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