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Ten illegal guns off the streets this year in St James

Published:Saturday | January 31, 2015 | 1:00 AMChristopher Thomas

WESTERN BUREAU:

THE POLICE in St James have seized 10 illegal firearms since the start of 2015. Of this number, seven have been removed from the troubled Mount Salem area of Montego Bay.

Commanding officer for the St James division, Superintendent Derrick Champagnie, provided an update on efforts to cramp criminal activities in the parish, following a walk-through and community meeting in Mount Salem on Thursday.

"We would have recorded some 10 murders (in St James) since the start of this year. Unfortunately, two of them are in the Mount Salem police area," Champagnie continued. "So far, we are well advanced in those investigations. We have identified a suspect in one case and we are pursuing that suspect."

AVOIDREPEATOF LAST YEAR

In St James last year, the police recovered a total of 69 illegal firearms, recording 159 murders in the division.

"We want to ensure that we don't go anywhere close to that this year," said Champagnie. "Last year, we recorded some 20 murders in the Mount Salem community. Twenty persons killed is 20 too many."

Deputy commissioner in charge of operations, Clifford Blake, urged residents of Mount Salem to cooperate with the police in order to reduce the number of murders in the community.

"We recognise that, as police officers, we cannot fight crime alone, and that is why we are walking through the communities and we are encouraging all of you to work with us to get rid of crime," said Blake.

"We want to take St James back, and we want to start with Mount Salem ... and I want you, as community members, to work with us."