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'CTL staff not part of utility crackdown'

Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
CEO Cedric Stewart

IN the wake of stringent measures to crack down on the theft of utility services at Caymanas Park, both the racetrack's security contractor and chief executive officer have moved to distance Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) staff from the ongoing exercise - seeking to protect employees from retaliation.

Jason McKay of McKay Security, whose company lost security guard Edward Green to violence in 2005, pointed out that both electricity and water disconnections being conducted were being undertaken by outside contractors with no affiliation to CTL.

"I want these people to understand that this is an initiative being undertaken and funded by McKay Security. No CTL staff is involved," he said, adding that the pursuit of ridding the racetrack of illegal connections will continue.

"The theft of utilities, light and water, is one of the main reasons that the track has been struggling financially. We understand the financial strain the track has been under, which has also affected my business, and I am willing to continue, free of cost, to rid Caymanas Park of this scourge," he told Racing Along.

Staff safety

Meanwhile, CEO Cedric Stewart reiterated that the safety of CTL staff is paramount.

"We don't live in a vacuum and we wouldn't ask anybody to carelessly throw away their lives," he said, explaining that the disconnection process was driven by the police and McKay Security.

Last Tuesday, an illegal water pipe leading from the racetrack to a nearby squatter settlement was unearthed.

The discovery of the pipeline by security boss McKay and the police was the latest twist in an ongoing disconnection war, which started with the targeting of illegal electrical connections to the Portmore racetrack's grid.

- A.W.