Caines satisfied with police activity
The Minister of National Security said yesterday he was “satisfied” that a sports club was properly policed in the hours before a fatal stabbing in the road outside.
Wayne Caines added he planned to have a review carried out to determine if anything more could have been done in the run-up to the death of Danshun Swann near Southampton Rangers Sports Club.
However, he said he believed security at the South Road club was adequate.
Mr Swann died after a fight involving more than 20 men took place outside the venue after it closed and spilt on to South Road just after midnight on Monday.
The minister told The Royal Gazette: “I’ve spoken with the police commissioner and I am satisfied that there was a police presence there.”
He said he understood that club president Jason Wade contacted officers to ask for assistance before a social event on Sunday night, “as is their custom”, and it was provided.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Arthur Glasford earlier said officers gave the club “passing attention”.
Mr Caines added: “In the early part of this year, there were a number of instances at the Southampton Rangers Club. They put a security plan in place and I had been asked to come, and I did go to the club on more than one occasion at the behest of the president, Mr Wade.
“I was satisfied that there was enough security there and it was indeed fit for purpose.”
He said it was not necessarily the case that police could have done something differently, but that “hindsight is 20/20”.
He added: “We have to look at this closely in the not-too-distant future and have a complete post mortem of the incident to see how we can do things differently.”
Mr Caines met Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley and Deputy Commissioner Paul Wright yesterday to discuss their policing plan for the holiday weekend, which the minister said was “based on the activities we’re having” such as raft-ups and parties.
He added: “There will be an increased police presence at the weekend based on the tension indicators that surround gang activities, based on the fact that it is a holiday and there will be an increased amount of people that are on the water, in the clubs and on the streets.”
Mr Caines said he was “deeply troubled” when he heard about Mr Swann’s death.
He added: “It is very disturbing. There is a sense of despair when you first hear it because your mind immediately goes to how the family is doing, what’s happening within the community, the trepidation, the unsettling feeling that it actually brings in our community and, specifically, to that demographic of people.”