Invasion of Waiakabra gold miner’s home… PCA launches probeThe Police Complaints Authority (PCA) has launched an investigation into the alleged invasion by ranks of the Guyana Police Force into the home of a Waiakabra Linden-Soesdyke Highway resident last weekend.Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Marlon Chapman told Guyana Times that the aggrieved resident had visited his office to file an official complaint into the matter.He said he subsequently directed the man to the Police Complaints Authority where the ranks were summoned to appear for a confrontation. An Investigation is ongoing.The resident (name withheld) explained that the policeman (name withheld) during the confrontation was made to apologise for his unprofessional actions. He said he was advised that the PCA will contact him upon completion of the investigation.Furious residents contacted Guyana Times on Saturday last when ranks attached to the Timehri Police Station allegedly invaded the home of a miner, claiming that they were searching for stolen items.The actions of the police have left residents to believe that they were planning to rob the man, who returned from the interior one day prior to the raid.Reports were that two of the ranks were dressed in uniform, while a female was dressed in casual attire. They all claimed to be ranks of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).Based on reports received, at about 2:15h on Saturday, residents of the village were engaged in a night of worship at the church when they saw a motorcar bearing registration number PVV 2207 passing, heading towards the man’s home.A resident, Devika (only name given), stated that as the car passed, one of the occupants told the others, “people in the church”, but the vehicle continued driving towards the house.The woman explained that the villagers became suspicious after they heard a loud sound, and upon checking, they saw one of the ranks kicking open the door to the miner’s house.She said the owner of the home came out and inquired as to the purpose of the visit. By this time, the congregation had left the church and were headed over to the man’s house, since they feared that their fellow villager was about to be robbed by bandits posing as Police ranks.The woman said the ranks all appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and more so, one of the men was reportedly smoking.“They were shocked because the area is usually very desolate and has very little electricity, and no one would be up at that hour but because we had an all-night prayer service, we were there, and it was obvious they weren’t expecting that,” she added.A sister of the home owner, Oslyn Wilson, related that the police told her brother that they were there to search the premises for stolen articles in relation to a robbery involving his son.However, the young man who is being accused works as an operator at a gold mining company in the interior and was at his place of employment at the time, hence he could not have been involved in a robbery, as was reported by the police.The police, she said, were quite adamant that they had to search the bottom flat of the premises.“We asked for them to produce a search warrant, which they did not have but because my brother was fearful, he allowed them in,” she said.The woman added that as her brother opened the door, the police entered the home as did the other occupants of the car. Upon seeing this, the church members followed.“They went in and opened the wardrobe and cupboards, and immediately walked out back. It was as if they were not even searching for anything,” Wilson stated.Upon questioning the ranks about the stolen items they were searching for, they could not provide a response.It is based on their actions that the residents are of the opinion that had the church not been in session, the occupants of the car would have executed a robbery.When Guyana Times contacted the Timehri Police Station, a corporal related that he was not aware of an operation, and advised that the residents make a report to the station.
The 18-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation linking him to a world-record 180-million-euro ($210m, £160m) move, with Spanish sports daily Marca reporting on Tuesday that a fee had been agreed between Real and the French Ligue 1 champions.“I have read a lot of things in the press,” said Vasilyev.“So far we have not signed any agreements with Real or any other club. All big clubs want him, he’s the great hope of European football.“We are in discussions over a contract extension with Kylian and we hope to reach an agreement.”When pushed further on whether Mbappe, whose current contract runs until 2019, would leave or sign a new deal, the Russian said: “No, he should not go.“Why should he do it? He is a player that everyone will want, even if he has a year left, everyone will be on him.”Mbappe burst onto the scene last season as he helped Leonardo Jardim’s side claim their first French league title since 2000 and reach the Champions League semi-finals.The pacy forward scored 15 Ligue 1 goals and six in as many starts in Europe, all of which came in the Champions League knock-out stages.Having been linked with possible moves to a host of top clubs, Real had appeared to be on the brink of getting their man.But Vasilyev insisted that Mbappe needed to be given time to make a decision of that magnitude at such a young age.“There is too much media pressure around him,” he added.“It’s not easy for him, but he handles it well… We want to take the time to chat quietly with the player and his family.“You have to give him time, do not rush things too fast.”Mbappe has been wooed so hard by some of Europe’s top clubs that Monaco raised the red card and warned the circling predators that they could be reported to FIFA, world football’s governing body.“Top European football clubs made contact with Kylian Mbappe and his entourage without our authorisation,” Monaco said on their website on Tuesday.Mbappe is one of two players who is reported to be close to a world-record breaking move, with Monaco’s Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain hoping to seal a 220-million-euro capture of Brazilian star Neymar from Barcelona.“I think it would be a good thing if Neymar played in Ligue 1, it would be great for France,” Vasilyev said.Kylian Mbappe burst onto the scene last season as he helped Monaco side claim their first French league title since 2000 and reach the Champions League semi-finals © AFP/File / Fabrice COFFRINIPortuguese coach Jardim has already lost several key players that helped his young side to their amazing successes last season.Portuguese attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva left for Manchester City, before being followed to the Etihad Stadium by full-back Benjamin Mendy, as he became the most expensive defender of all-time for £52 million.Defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko also moved to the Premier League to join champions Chelsea, while forward Valere Germain was snapped up by Marseille.At the press conference Monaco unveiled their own new close-season recruits though, including former Switzerland goalkeeper Diego Benaglio and Belgian international midfielder Youri Tielemans.And Vasilyev insisted that the club would continue to look to youth to provide success.“We will not change our goals,” he said.“We are talking about progression and moving forwards, but always in the economic interest of the club, I hope we can do that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Monaco’s French forward Kylian Mbappe Lottin has been the subject of intense transfer speculation linking him to a world-record 180-million-euro move to Real Madrid © AFP/File / VALERY HACHEMONACO, Monaco, Jul 26 – Monaco insisted on Wednesday that no deal with Real Madrid has been reached for teenage French international striker Kylian Mbappe.Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev also said in a press conference the principality club were in discussions with Mbappe over a new contract extension.