'Very serious' prisoners escape from British Virgin Islands jail in Irma's wake


'Very serious' prisoners escape from British Virgin Islands jail in Irma's wake

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson flew to Barbados on Tuesday to begin a journey through the British territories devastated by Hurricane Irma.

The security officials of this British territory have stated this is a very serious threat to the law and order regime.

More than 100 "very serious prisoners" have escaped from jail on the British Virgin Islands. He told the House of Commons there were 997 troops and 47 police officers in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

British Forces Gibraltar, as a Forward Mounting Base, is now engaged in numerous activities in support of HMS Ocean's re-tasking.

"We have maintained and kept law and order on the British Virgin Islands, which at one point could have dramatically threatened the already unfortunate plight of those who have been hit by the hurricane", he continued.

The Daily Telegraph reported British Cabinet notes leaked to the press said 40 prisoners were on the loose.

The Government has so far faced a great deal of backlash suggesting that they did not do enough to evacuate its citizens from the Islands. Others said Dutch and French governments, who also have Caribbean territories, prepared more adequately for the storm.

Gibraltarian Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo said today: "Anybody who is in any doubt as to the continued strategic importance of Gibraltar only needs to look to the huge contribution Gibraltar is making, at nearly no notice, to the global humanitarian relief effort for the Caribbean".

Briton Claudia Knight alleged a prison was blown open on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

"This will help get water, food, shelter and power to those left devastated by Hurricane Irma", she added.

A C17, Voyager and A400M aircraft carried over 200 Royal Marines, as well as engineers and specialist personnel from all 3 Services. Knight claimed he was armed with a knife to combat potential looters.

Speaking to Sky News' Foreign Affairs Editor Sam Kiley on an aid flight to the region, alongside Royal Marines and medics, Mr Johnson said: "This has been long-planned ever since the hurricane broke".



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