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Thief hits MP’s home

Pembroke MP Ashfield DeVent yesterday repeated his call for a rethink on tackling Bermuda’s drugs problem after thieves stole cash from his own home.

Intruders made off with a sizeable amount of money from the Friswells Road property, owned by Mr DeVent’s father until he died two months ago, in a raid on Friday.

Mr DeVent, the Progressive Labour Party MP for Pembroke South East, had been planning to use the savings on a trip to see family in the United States.

He suspects the culprits needed the cash for drugs, adding fuel to his belief the Island’s leaders need a fresh approach to bring the drugs and gangs problem under control.

The politician wrote on his Facebook page that the incident came at a difficult personal time, following his father Ashfield Senior’s prolonged illness and death, and his sister’s admission to Agape House.

“To top it all off some low life slime ball broke in and entered my house yesterday. Stole some US cash I had saved for a trip to get away from it all for a needed break,” he wrote.

“May the thief get what’s coming to him sooner rather than later. The Country needs to be rid of all drug dealers, addicts, gunmen and thieves.”

Mr DeVent told

The Royal Gazette: “I’m angry more than anything. I’m disturbed that it’s happened right here. I don’t think this is an area that’s had that too often.

“It’s frustrating that it’s happened to me, but this is more than likely drugs-related. I think it’s something that we might actually see more of now with the economy the way it is.

“I probably wasn’t as security-conscious as I could have been, but it’s a sad feeling that you can’t even leave your house without thinking someone is going to break in.”

In recent years, Mr DeVent has repeatedly called for a national conversation on drugs, claiming leaders have failed to confront the fact that drug use and related gang violence has been spiralling out of control.

He said yesterday: “It’s a high chance this was drug-related. I think 90 percent of crime in this Country is drug-related.

“It’s the age old thing. The Country has to really have a serious rethink about how we deal with drugs in this Country.”

Mr DeVent’s Facebook page received numerous messages of support, including several from across the political divide.

“I was pleased and surprised with the kind of support people came back with,” he said. “It indicated a lot of people are feeling fed up with this kind of thing.”

A police spokesman said yesterday: “Around 3pm on Friday, September 9, police attended a reported burglary at a Friswells Road, Devonshire residence.

“It appears that sometime between 11am and 2.45pm that day, an unknown culprit gained entry into the home while it was unoccupied. The culprit stole a quantity of cash. Inquiries into this incident are underway.”

MP Ashfield DeVent

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Published September 13, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated September 13, 2011 at 9:23 am)

Thief hits MP’s home

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