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ISU puts brakes on planned Demolition 



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer   


#TurksandCaicos, November 24, 2023 – The Informal Settlement Unit, ISU has issued an emergency stay on demolitions planned for December as it attempts to sort out ownership  issues with a firm promise not to evict anyone with genuine claims.

Eviction notices were recently issued on residents thought to be squatting on private land in Dock Yard indicating they should leave by December 8th.

“All structures affected would appear to be located on privately owned land and to have been built without the requisite planning permissions,” the ISU said.

However, following the dispatch of those eviction notices residents have come forward with documents they say prove ownership; now the ISU wants to investigate these claims properly.

“A number of the owners and occupants of such structures have come forward within the last several days with papers, including receipts for the payment of money that tend to show that they might have at least an equitable interest in the lands they occupy. It is right that all such claims should be investigated fully and that all such persons be dealt with fairly.”

The eviction and demolition notices have been delayed a month to January 8th in order to facilitate this process.

The pushback follows a Magnetic Media report on the claims by a Turks and Caicos Islander that she had received notice that her 20 year old home, which she stated she owned outright, would be demolished. The frantic woman said she had appealed to government agents at various level to no avail.

Magnetic Media reached out to the ISU regarding the claims and a swift response was provided indicating the team was investigating. The legality of that eviction order which seems to go against the Planning ordinance was not addressed. But the ISU firmly indicated its mandate was not to make homeowners homeless, but rather ensuring questionable properties are brought up to scratch or removing what was built illegally.

On Tuesday, the Unit confirmed the postponement of demolition and encourages anyone with an eviction notice and has proof of ownership or proof money that they paid for the land occupied by them, to come forward immediately with their receipts.

“They may do so in full reliance upon the pledge given here that such papers will be assessed carefully and fairly, and that they will not be made homeless where their documents suggest an ownership interest in the lands they occupy.”

Only private landowners in the area of Dock Yard, earmarked for December 8 demolition exercises, are being considered, said the ISU in a statement.

On Wednesday, the Informal Settlements Unit announced a press conference set for Monday November 27 at its headquarter office at LaPorte’s Plaza.


Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised



#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2024 – Magnetic Media can inform that, yes there has been another traffic death in Providenciales and reports say it’s a woman who didn’t make it out of a three car smash up.

Almost, exactly 24 hours after a deadly collision was recorded in wee hours of Saturday morning came news, this morning, of a second death by motor vehicle accident.

“I can confirm the Police Control Room received a call during the early hours of this morning involving a serious accident on Leeward Highway. One person (female) died while others were rushed for medical treatment,” said Denyse Renne, media officer for the Royal TCI Police.

The Cheshire Hall Medical Center, which had already suspended visitation due to security concerns in the wake of four murders between Friday and Saturday in Provo, has restricted its Emergency Room to emergencies only.

TCI hospitals citing the unusually high demand for urgent medical care to multiple patients as the reason for the restriction.

While it is widely reported that the person who died in the traffic accident on Leeward Highway near Pratt’s Road is a female tourist, police say they’re investigating.

It’s been a total of six lives lost in startling incidents in the past day in Providenciales.  The tragic circumstances of the car accidents and sheer violence of the shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the country leaving residents utterly bewildered.

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Five Cays Shooting Death




June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Media Release

June 22nd, 2024.


Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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