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Virgin Atlantic Inaugural Flight to Turks & Caicos only days away now



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 


#TurksandCaicos, November 1, 2023 – The new Virgin Atlantic route from London’s Heathrow Airport to the Providenciales International Airport will open this weekend. Hannah Street, Caribbean Country Manager speaking to media during the Caribbean Investment Forum held in Nassau, Bahamas uncorked the good news on behalf of the company.

“We also have a new route in the Caribbean which is launching on the 4th of November to Turks and Caicos. Another route in the Northern Caribbean. That’s exciting.”

Josephine Connolly,  Minister of Tourism made the announcement during the State of The Industry Conference put on by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and held in the Turks and Caicos Islands earlier in October.

The announcement was made in the presence of tourism stakeholders and media houses including Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, TravelPulse, Insider Report.

The Virgin Atlantic partnership further opens the European market to the TCI and stakeholders are hoping it will not only diversify source markets but increase long stay visits.

The flights will be twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays according to the Virgin Atlantic website. The airline, which is literally spreading its wings throughout the Caribbean region, also lists another set of flights from Heathrow to begin 2nd April 2024 and last until the 24th October 2024.

The partnership was initially announced in 2022 with remarks from then Governor Nigel Dakin

“As of now my understanding is that this will be a direct flight which will go on to Jamaica; bringing ever more Caribbean connectivity as well as far better connectivity to the UK and thence Europe,” the past Dakin had explained.

Describing the TCI as the ‘best kept secret’ of UK vacationers, the airline features Grace Bay and other picturesque spots on its website, no doubt alluring to travellers.

The inaugural flight will land in the Turks and Caicos at 12:50 p.m. this coming Saturday, because of the busy Saturday roster the fanfare will be saved for November 8th when the second Virgin Atlantic Jet will be met with a water cannon salute and an enthusiastic tourism and travel industry team, with a cultural splash for those disembarking executives and guests.


Stolen Vessel Recovered





July 20th, 2024.


#TurksandCaicos, July 20, 2024 – Shortly after 10 am yesterday (July 19th), the Police Control Room received a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district.

The description of the vessel given to officers was a black, 26-foot Hurricane boat with two Yamaha engines. Officers were told that the owner had secured the vessel on Thursday evening and had discovered it missing the following day.

Inquiries were conducted, and based on information received, Marine Branch Officers and Response and Operation Unit Officers searched a mangrove just off Five Cays today (July 20th) and recovered the vessel.

Two suspects were seen, one of whom was a 23-year-old from the Bight, Providenciales, who was caught and arrested for suspicion of stealing the vessel. The other suspect managed to escape.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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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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