When Society breaks down...Virgin Isles fighting over food and high risk prisoners escaped
FORTY 'high risk' prisoners escaped on British Virgin Isles after hurricane Irma as islanders now fight over the last scraps of food and evacuated tourists weep with relief that their hell is over
- Desperate residents on St Martin have been seen brawling over remaining scraps of food left on the island
- The regional police chief said a gang of 600 'local delinquents' were responsible for large scale looting
- Exhausted tourists pictured breaking down in tears as they prepare to board evacuation flights from island
- People trapped on the island have described the 'biblical-scale destruction' as relief efforts gather pace today
- Islanders are taking matters into their own hands, arming themselves with machetes to defend themselves
- Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is to fly to the Caribbean to visit British territories devastated by Irma
- British Cabinet Briefing document suggests 40 'high risk' prisoners are on the loose in the British Virgin Isles
- Authorities confirmed 10 people had been killed on Cuba bringing the death toll to at least 34 in Caribbean
By Julian Robinson and Rory Tingle For Mailonline
Published: 03:30 EDT, 12 September 2017 | Updated: 09:38 EDT, 12 September 2017
Up to 40 'high risk' prisoners are feared to be on the run on the British Virgin Islands after escaping during Hurricane Irma, a government document has revealed.
There have been widespread reports of looting on one of the islands, Tortola, after inmates broke out of a jail amid chaos during the 185mph storm.
Photos of a British Cabinet Briefing paper have now revealed that officials are attempting to 'secure the transfer of the prisoners' to the island of St Lucia.
It comes as pictures emerged of exhausted tourists being evacuated from the Dutch-French island of St Martin as part of a major international relief effort.
Starving residents on the island have resorted to fighting each other for food while tourists queued at the airport and wept with relief as they were being evacuated from the 'biblical-scale destruction'. Hundreds of holidaymakers are still trying to leave, with dozens lining up outside the Princess Juliana Airport, which was left in ruins in the storm.
There have been reports of people arming themselves with machetes to defend themselves on the island while one soldier said he was stopping attempted lootings every ten minutes.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is set to fly to the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla 'in the coming days' as part of a visit to British territories devastated by the storm. (continued)