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Prison @ Balsam Ghut on lockdown from about 8 AM Sept 22, 2023

September 22nd, 2023 | Tags: lockdown HM prison investigation ' security
His Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut on the main Island of Tortola, has been on lockdown from this morning around 8:00 AM today Friday, September 22, 2023. Photo: VINO/File
The current Ag. Deputy Superintendent of HM Prisons is British national, Mr John Wilcox. Photo: GIS/File
The current Ag. Deputy Superintendent of HM Prisons is British national, Mr John Wilcox. Photo: GIS/File
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our newsroom from persons familiar with the matter is that His Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut on the main island of Tortola has been on lockdown from this morning around 8:00 AM today Friday, September 22, 2023.

The reasons for the lockdown are not clear as security personnel, including the members of the National Security Council, are tight-lipped.

Why the lockdown?

However, conflicting reports reaching our news centre is that there was a meeting this morning where a Prison Officer was accused of letting out an inmate. It was also reported that employees of Public Works Department (PWD) was on the prison compound looking at the Prison fence.

When a lockdown is issued, all rights and freedoms are taken away from inmates, cells are searched, and prisoners are detained in cells and cannot move around on the compound.

It was just last month that the local Superintendent of Prisons Guy M. Hill was ousted where his contract was not renewed. However, another UK national Mr Jay Kendall was hired, but improvements to the Prison Services remain in question.

53 Responses to “Prison @ Balsam Ghut on lockdown from about 8 AM Sept 22, 2023”

  • asura (22/09/2023, 16:33) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    well sah what happen again?
    • NezRez (22/09/2023, 17:09) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
      Well, the stupid Prison Officer who let out the prisoner will now take his place once he's fired and arrested. What a low-down shame we have such morons guarding prisoners and doing all illegal things inside the prison. This is exactly how drugs and weapons get inside. I really hope this fake prison officer gets some years behind bars himself/herself. IDIOT!
    • GOOD!!!!! (22/09/2023, 17:11) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
      The one commenter in the other article talking bout this incident happen weeks ago with the suspected individuals when it happened lastnight.

      Between them 3 boys who got arrested by the Gas Station and the set that got away from by the prison lastnight they more than likely were trying to plan an escape of the one who got arrested by the ferry while on the way to the police station and a prison break lastnight after they were carted off to prison.

      They watch too much TV.

      Police and Immigration go through this place and weed out the guns/ammunition/drugs and you may not just find locals on the payroll but expats some of who may be here illegally as part of the gang.
    • Too Much Going On (22/09/2023, 18:54) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      The size of that plane that crashed Anegada this week looks like a remote control plane and if it was operated by someone where the person at…just up and disappeared…who on Anegada was on the scene to retrieve drugs, burn the toy plane then play superhero.
    • Stop Partaking In Another Man’s Sin (23/09/2023, 15:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      All these murders and those who partake in it whether by being the chauffeur/sailor, being in the boat/vehicle when it happens, being aware of the hits /murders being planned then crying down the place when criminals get murdered, face vex like how could this happen then singing songs like it is well with my soul and preaching like they were such a good person STOP IT!!!!!!

      Stop lying to yourselves and thinking God is your yo-yo-yo, puppet or fool!!!!!

      On top of that parading through town/sea with the coffin to prove WHAT?!!??!!!



  • Youth (22/09/2023, 16:46) Like (17) Dislike (33) Reply
    I pray all is well. I do not like the fact the Governor & UK has the mindset that only UK people have integrity and should be over the Police, Prison, Customs, Immigration, and other senior public service positions. This is discrimination and racists.
    • not so (22/09/2023, 17:52) Like (69) Dislike (10) Reply
      The locals is too corrupt , they hold one head and destroying there own country
      • @ not so (22/09/2023, 20:01) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
        Your Country is no different, that's why perhaps you're here.
      • @not so (22/09/2023, 20:08) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        Anyone you subscribes to your foolish statement of saying all locals are corrupt or the same or can do nothing right is practicing racism and discrimination and also not conscious of what you are saying. Your statement clearly suggest that only people from the UK & not from the BVI have integrity, professionalism, honesty, and are capable. This is ludicrous and you and all who think this way needs help because this is the same colonial superior versus inferior mentality that caused slavery. NO HUMAN BEING IS ABOVE REPROACH!!!
    • CORRECT! (22/09/2023, 19:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      That last prison boss was the worse, what was his name?
  • Hmmmm (22/09/2023, 16:48) Like (11) Dislike (34) Reply
    Everything under the Governor is a failure but his COI he called exempt most of his failures and cover up the rest. I guess who pays the piper calls the tune.
    • to hmmm (22/09/2023, 17:54) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      All you just want to have you all own way
    • @Hmmmmm (23/09/2023, 15:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Crime, guns, & drugs seem to be an issue worldwide as of late. However we all must untie to fight crime but I am amazed the Governor only comes out with speeches and press releases only on anything negative in the BVI. There are significantly more positive than negatives in the BVI he can also speak on but I guess it does not fit he and his UK bosses narrative and intent.
  • Research (22/09/2023, 16:51) Like (12) Dislike (33) Reply
    It is amazing how prisons all over the world and UK have the same issues but they portray the BVI as if these issues are only experienced in BVI. Cell phones are rampant in the UK prisons so is drugs and corruption. Go and research it for your self and don't mind those who will try to convince you otherwise. Don't even take my word, research for yourself.
  • Nothing new (22/09/2023, 16:53) Like (24) Dislike (6) Reply
    When you put the same set of people who want to kill each other in prison together then what else they expect will happen today and here on.
  • Blind Man (22/09/2023, 17:02) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr J Kendal you will need help real help cause you working with a bunch of crooks in uniform my advice to you is whenever you going to have a prison search don't inform your staff just bring in the police these prison officer always notify prisoners when searches will take place and even go as far as holding cell phones until search is done I talking from experience I what I see with my own eyes. The prison to run right get rid of all the officers and have a rotating system in place where every six months change officers so you don't know me I don't know you so can't do me or my family anything it's fear that have officers not doing their job and the crooked officers that can cause you to get mashup on the prison compound. So superintendent look at the type of slippers they have on during search phones in the sole of shoes shake those milk boxes.
    • To: Blind Man (22/09/2023, 20:12) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Here you go again assuming he is not a crook and all the others are crooks. Boy oh boy for some of you when they are white they are always right and once it is UK everything is OK.
  • Mike Larry (22/09/2023, 17:08) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
    Yes! Lock them MS up. All of them. Keep dem in cages where these wild animals belong. Keep them in there long enough and they gonna begin taking each other boomsies.
  • Let’s take bets (22/09/2023, 17:12) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    I bet you the families won’t go up there looking to cut his ass like they would have if Guy Hill had done this..
    • @Let’s take bets (22/09/2023, 20:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You have it half right. The other half is if Guy Hill was up there instead of the UK man they would be on this site posting how he cannot get the prison handle nor run well. We are still suffering from the 400yrs syndrome of slavery.
    • @ Vincent Wheatley (23/09/2023, 14:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Guy need to go back to immigration. Give him the Deputy post.
  • 2023 (22/09/2023, 17:28) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    one set making it difficult for others these days, just hotting up the fu($!ng place

    send them to the UK
    • de silent one (22/09/2023, 18:06) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
      Its about time that the prison get an overhaul with its staffing. Some of the officers need to be relieve of their duties, in order to get rid of the corruptive ones. A very strong message need to be sent
    • @2023 (22/09/2023, 23:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Send them to the Caribbean so they know what a real prison is like. Leave the garbage out of the UK.
    • I love G.H. (23/09/2023, 07:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I wanted the just released / retired prison boss to succeed so badly. I made it my business and went to look for him and ask him to try to recruit or get Super Cop as his deputy. I believe in Super Cop. No nonsense, played by the rules..My suggestion fell on deaf Ears. A good deputy is very essential. I do home this new boss understands that a good deputy is essential and go out and get one. Not the jokes they have now..
  • Lionfish (22/09/2023, 17:28) Like (31) Dislike (16) Reply
    A prison officer was accused of letting out a prisoner.
    Comments..Governor, Uk, racist, racist, Uk prisons, COI, takeover, racist, slavery. You guys are ridiculous lol lol.
    • @lionfish (22/09/2023, 18:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Those persons are the enablers and the reality is that many persons benefit from those activities…Any show of sternness will bring about bigots. Ignore the cries and bring true peace and tranquility back to the islands..Rid the country of imported killers and criminals and imprison the rest… Thats the only way forward.

    • @lionfish (22/09/2023, 20:16) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Don't twist things. The comments were not targeting that so stop your nonsense.
    • @lionfish (23/09/2023, 00:26) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Shut up man. The colonialism continues, the after effects of slavery continue and you want to not see it, of course some people are ignorant of the undercurrent.

      Why is weed still illegal? If we install AI robot officers.... in reality they'd arrest half the island including expats & tourist with the current laws on the books. That will not work.

      The laws & biases are not a good fit for this society. period.

      This is the Caribbean, Rastas, One Love all of that. The undercover cant trust your neighbor informant society wannabe crap... Its going to break society apart at its core. Trust between people.

      Its system of control separate from us by design & under the governor's portfolio.

      On one hand you have police solving murders, solving but not protecting anyone might I add.

      On the other hand you have police putting people in cages because they grew cannabis, whether they are a Rastafarian or not. No respect legislated. Yet we speak of rights & freedom from religious persecution.

      Cmon! Ofcourse people dislike the system. Its broken!

      Our people are trained to "corruption" and feeling separated from the legal system by the injustice of the very same system against their culturally accepted norms, personal freedoms & beliefs.

      There are many nonsensical aspects of the forever war on "drugs". Spies termed undercover cops is normal? There's enough normal people to see & hear what is going on.

      No integration only separation. Then they say we need more help from the community to solve crime.

      We are killing Christ over and over thinking its good. Forgive them for they know not what they do....

      Drugs drugs drugs the problem is not getting rid of drugs, its lack of regulation!!! Unregulated products is a health hazard.

      If milk was illegal there would be milk lords killing people for milk and putting addictive substances in the cows milk. People would get sick from milk. Cheese would be illegal and highly sought after. Blue cheese... you wouldn't be able to afford it.

      But milk is legal and so no one cares. Its $2 a box of milk.

      When alcohol was illegal it was a failure that created drug lords such as Al Capone and much "DRUG" trafficking, bootlegging. Beers, wine, rum. Rum cake. ILLEGAL.

      People were killed over alcohol. Gangs fueled by alcohol being illegal. Why are we doing the same crap to ourselves with coke and weed? Coke because its bad for people, ok but so is alcohol, and weed is medicinal.

      What is really going on? Its illogical madness.

      Its because we are not in charge. More likely some beer guzzling lords up in the UK that need to smoke weed but dont are in charge. Didnt they find traces of cocaine in the UK parliament after covid? We know what they like! Stereotypically.

      Prohibition is the problem. If the authority figures weren't lying saying all drugs are bad & punishing people for nothing actually sinful... maybe just maybe we can get a hold on crime because the normal people will feel cops are on their side.

      An aligning of police & law with the reality of normal society needs to happen soon or there will be crime out of control going into future generations & a two tier society where some are protected and others are not even able to call the cops thus fueling continued violence.
    • @ lion fish (23/09/2023, 11:18) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      You are a sick racist but we not going fall for your white supremacy agenda
      • @@lion fish (23/09/2023, 13:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        You bringing up bs bout “white supremacy agenda” but calling other people racist when lion fish comment was just a highlight of comments earlier made and the fact that they were excluding the fact that a prison officer let an inmate out. You are sick!
  • bvibuzz (22/09/2023, 17:36) Like (6) Dislike (53) Reply
    Free the drew free West Bank
  • Real People (22/09/2023, 17:44) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nothing new this was always happening for years. Men had child and all while in prison with out special visits times. Using the there vans as shields while the men run up the hill. That place is not and was not secure. Especially when the officers can't do better than helping the criminals for a Lil cash here and there. Most are friends and are intimidated by many men up there
  • gg (22/09/2023, 17:44) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    Sand them England period then thay will know what time it is thay are to comfortable
    • @gg (22/09/2023, 20:10) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      What are you suggesting by saying send them England? Do you see in the news how corrupt the UK Prisons are and getting worse? It is shame you believe one race is so superior and honest and more capable of handling difficult matters than another race.
    • @gg (22/09/2023, 23:33) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Keep the garbage out of England. Send them to the caribbean's toughest prisons. Call it a cheaper flight.
  • When the dust settles... (22/09/2023, 21:44) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    That boy comeback and this place in an uproar. He's no boss, not a God. He's a nuisance and a menace. Stop glorifying this criminal, its doing us no good as a territory. Those blindly following him because of his money are lost! He is no more important than the paid attention you give to him.
    Prison going be a real prison now, bet! The fence needs to be upgraded to a wall, like the one that Trump was lobbying to be erected between the US and Mexico - the kind with barb wires at the top and bear traps at the base of it.
    They slapped him with 21 charges, they need to stomp him with life! At the rate he is going, he need to pray for redemption because I don't think its outside he really want to be...bruh, you did/doing too much!
  • Mike Larry (23/09/2023, 01:44) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Whats going on in Mike Larry’s mind? Well, to be honest, I feel i need to be patriotic and help this country be free and safe. Maybe I need to come out instead of hiding behind my multi part series. Drop the e and L add an A and B instead. Let me sleep on it, may be when I wake up and do the right thing. Got alot of stories to share and info to give our police. I got God behind me so I aint going worry bout no one getting hot cause I informed. Tired of our streets being hot!
  • Local (23/09/2023, 06:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
  • I would say this (23/09/2023, 06:42) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    1. I am glad UK selected their own to head the prison. To many was living like they was on vacation. It's like the vi is one of the only place you see and inmate with a heavy gold chain around his neck.

    Personally I think all high profile inmate needs to be moved from the island and out someplace else.

    Because right now the talk on the street it's all those who are at war with each other who are in fowl pit.

    This could be the reason as to why an attempt of gun going it was done and trust you me they will try again.

    Mr governor you are head of security. Think about the lives of your officers and those innocent inmates looking to opportunity to see the day of light again. If nothing is done their will be blood on your hands in that very same prison very soon I assure you this.

    Put all of them I high profile cases on a plane and send them UK prison
  • This I know. (23/09/2023, 07:42) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    This white Guy. Will clean the prison up. Local leaders always compromised the safety and integrity of the organization with their corrupt, bias and greed... Don't be surprised if that new dangerous returning prisoner with a hit on his head be transfered to Britain.
  • coco (23/09/2023, 08:49) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need strick and serious laws on gun crime
  • LOCK DOWN (23/09/2023, 10:09) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    “Prison is on lock down”

    Isn’t that the point of prison?
    • WOW (23/09/2023, 20:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let me assist you

      "lockdown can be defined as a course of action to control the movement of inmates. Confining all prisoners, except workers, to their cells until the end of the day is an example of a "lockdown period" in a corrections schedule. However a "full lockdown" is used when all prisoners are locked in their cells to prevent prison riots or unrest from spreading or during an emergency."

      It also means that there is no visitation from family and friends. I'm not even sure that they can go to court appearances. There is no recreational time to play basketball, or to use the laundry or go liming in their friend's cells.

      They are not caged 24 hours just because they are imprisoned and you'll be shocked to know that prisoners have rights.

      The Lockdown is an excellent move based on the recent happenings in the country.
  • what a pity (23/09/2023, 11:28) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    We must unite to fight crime and keep BVI safe but the philosophy of some of you that the only people that can have or do have integrity in a high senior position in BVI Government is someone from the UK is saying God made UK people more equal than others and they are without sin. It is an ignorant slave minded mentality that no one with sense should ever subscribe to. There is always good and bad people and good and bad everywhere you good. If you want to find the good in BVI and good people in BVI for these posts you can find them but some of you including the UK Officials & the Governors intend on only looking for the bad to fit a preconceived ill found notion about the BVI and its people. The huge majority of people in the BVI are good, honest, hardworking & intelligent people and with time this truth shall prevail.
  • …. (23/09/2023, 12:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jail need a round table meeting asap all the shot callers up deh right now
  • Clearly (23/09/2023, 13:00) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Clearly the UK assigned bloggers are out in force hinting to the BVI public their next intended moves and hoping by bloging it over & over again they can say it is the wish of the people to send prisoners to the UK, to takeover BVI, it is best to take over all high law enforcement and other senior public service posts by UK residents as there is no person of integrity in BVI, the BVI people are condoning crime & criminals, and so on. It is always clear what they are thinking & what they are up to next. Just look at the content of the blogs of their assigned bloggers. However, just remember that Jehovah always have the final say.
    • @ clearly (23/09/2023, 14:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Its very clear to see you truly have scales over your eyes. Bvi needs to wake up. These ppl are which youths r looking up too lately.

      I heard it git kids giving teachers death threat. Where are they getting these type if behaviour from.

      I say once and i will say it again put all of them and all those who pending charges link with them be placed on a plane and fly them straight uk.

      If not less than a month from now you have someone killed up there.

      Also charge three who was caught lately with the guy. Don't let none take the fall and the others walk free.

      If that happen we all know who will walk and who take the fall
    • To clearly (23/09/2023, 14:54) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      You are so correct. There are many other stories on this news site and others where the BVI and its people are doing great things and projects but the hypocrites do not blog under those stories at all. Overall the number of post under such stories are few and far between. This says alot about the haters of the BVI.
  • Bring in UK (23/09/2023, 14:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bring the UK in! Time for a takeover!!!! Clean this place up!!!!!! Disgraceful. Strupes running all ovah meh son. I can’t take it no mo’!!!!!!!!!
  • Mike Larry (23/09/2023, 15:31) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    First Hint: 18.329401N/64.562491W, 240am. Big S%#T ya large!

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