Several persons are now in custody as Police in Berbice continue to investigate a series of robberies over the past few days. Sources say one of the robberies might have been staged.Between Monday and Wednesday evening, there were three reported robberies during which firearms were used; one has been reported as a robbery/rape.A fourth robbery was also reported at Letter Kenny where an aged woman was attacked by a lone bandit and beaten and robbed at her Corentyne home after going outside to pick flowers to pray.Acting Commander of Berbice, Senior Superintendent Paul Langevine, told Guyana Times that arrests have been made in that matter.However, he noted that three persons have been arrested and are assisting with the investigation into a robbery at Cromarty Village on Tuesday evening.During that robbery, three bandits entered a business place and robbed the owner of $280,000. In the process of the robbery, the bandits beat the businessman and shot his son in the face.Meanwhile, Police are on the hunt for one more person following the arrest of a man of Whim Village after a mother and daughter were robbed as they returned home from the Berbice Expo on Monday evening. Both men allegedly had firearms as they carried out the robbery.Following the robbery, the 18-year-old girl was taken to a nearby cemetery and raped by one of the men. Police continue the hunt for the second suspect.Also on Monday evening, a Black Bush Polder family reported that armed bandits went into their home and robbed them of jewellery and $6 million in cash. The Police say they are continuing the investigation.While a senior officer said the Police was not going to deny or refute allegations that the robbery was staged, a source close to the investigation told this publication that family members have been giving conflicting statements.The source noted that a family member has also changed her story, forcing some investigators to believe that the robbery might have been staged. As such, the Commander related that investigations are ongoing.
Renowned coach Tony Roche will hold a coaching clinic for the national players in Kolkata from December 1-8. The Australian has coached the likes of Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Patrick Rafter.The clinic will be held at former Davis Cupper Jaidip Mukerjea’s academy in Kolkata.Several top Indian players like Leander Paes and Somdev Devvarman have already got their dates booked to attend the camp.Mukerjea will bear all the expenses of Roche’s stay in India although he is looking for sponsors for the event. “He (Roche) is a dear friend and I had been telling him to come to India for quite some time. He has agreed now.Somdev had a small interaction with him and he was very keen to have a session with him,” Mukerjea told Mail Today.Roche had come to India in 1993 and held camp at the DLTA in the Capital.Except for Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza, who will be participating in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) during that time, all other Indian players will be available.”Besides Somdev, Leander will also be coming. Yuki (Bhambri) will be there. Others like Vishnu Vardhan, Saketh Myneni, Divij Sharan and Sanam Singh will be there too. My academy will bear all the expenses but we are looking for sponsors,” added Mukerjea.”I got the confirmation from Roche yesterday (Sunday) morning and I will speak to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) in the next few days. I will approach the government and may be it can chip in with some help,” said Mukerjea who was here to watch India’s World Group Davis Cup play-off against Serbia.advertisementDavis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali is from Kolkata and he is expected to be present during the coaching camp. Mukerjea will also speak to captain Anand Amritraj and invite him to join the camp. “I will surely invite him. The problem is that everyone will have to spend from their own pockets. Besides, Anand will have to be free at that time,” said.Former player Roche has mentored many top players. Besides his French Open title, he has 12 men’s doubles Grand Slam titles to his name.