State of Emergency in St Catherine North

State of Emergency in St Catherine North

State of Emergency in St Catherine NorthAFTER 48 murders since the start of 2018 in the St Catherine North police division, including Spanish Town, the government yesterday insisted that the declaration of a state of public emergency in the area was justified.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that a State of Public Emergency. he said, will last initially for 14 days.

The security forces said at a press briefing at Jamaica House, to make the declaration public, that the operation will primarily focus on the notorious Klansman gang, which operates primarily out of the parish capital Spanish Town, and which has been involved in a violent internal conflict which has led to numerous murders over the few years.

According to Acting Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake, ongoing internal feuds within the gang has been basically at the root of the increase in murders across the parish, as well as neighbouring parishes, such as Clarendon and St Ann, and which has increased significantly the number of murders since the beginning of 2018.

The State of emergency (S.O.E) two weeks and will cover Spanish Town and its environs, Bog Walk, Linstead, Jones Avenue, Shelter Rock, Lake’s Pen, Sligoville, and several other communities in the division which have been affected by criminal activities.

Operating hours for businesses and other establishments in sections of the St Catherine North Police Division, where a State of Public Emergency was declared yesterday, have been adjusted in keeping with stipulations under the enhanced security operation.

The specified boundaries within which the operation is being undertaken are:

North — from the intersection of the St Ann, Clarendon, and St Catherine parish boundaries towards Garfield Road, the Moneague leg of the North-South Highway and Guy’s Hill Square.

East — along the St Catherine parish boundary, to Sligoville, the intersection of Highway 2000, Lakes Pen Road, Port Henderson Road, Salt Pond Road and Hill Run main road.

Businesses, entities and establishments that should close by 7:00pm are: cook shops, dry goods establishments and haberdasheries; spirit license premises; service stations; clubs and fast-food outlets; pharmacies; and churches. Community recreational areas should close by 6:00 pm.

The police encourage persons to adhere to these conditions, to avoid being prosecuted for violations.

 

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