ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Lions Club of Antigua will beef-up its security this weekend for its last two dances of the 2012 Carnival celebration that officially ended on Tuesday.
The tightening of its security measures for the dances, slated for tonight and tomorrow at Lion’s Den, is being done in light of some wounding incidents that occurred during some of its previous dances that it hosted during the heart of the recent Carnival celebrations.
In an effort to prevent further violent occurrences, President of the Lions Club of Antigua Eural Baptiste, said the association met with police yesterday to come up with a strategic plan to keep out habitual troublemakers.
While he did not wish to divulge details of what lawmen have up their sleeves, Baptiste said there will be increased police presence in and around the grounds to keep weapons out of the fete.
“We will be stepping up security, the vigilance will be there and any persons caught will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” he said yesterday.
Baptiste said police have already identified some troublemakers and are taking measures to ensure that they do not continue to disrupt such events.
Meanwhile, the Lions Club of Antigua has rebuffed earlier media reports about violent incidents which occurred on the grounds and left patrons injured.
A statement from the club states only two incidents of wounding occurred and not five as reported in the media.
Lions said these occurred as the dances were winding down, and claims this can be confirmed by Emergency Medical Services personnel who were on-site during all its Carnival dances.
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