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Bloody St James

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM
A military unit in Montego Bay, St James.

St James has recorded almost twice the number of murders committed in any other police division since the start of this year.

Official police figures for the period January 1 to September 23 show 195 murders in St James, which comes close to doubling the 107 murders recorded in Clarendon, which is second on the list of bloodiest police divisions.

In fact, St James, even without the three murders recorded at the weekend, accounts for more than 21 per cent of the 919 murders across the entire island since the start of the year.

September has so far been a particularly bloody month for St James with 32 persons killed in the first 23 days, up from 15 for the corresponding period last year.


Worst police division January 1-September 23, 2016


St James 199

Clarendon 107

St Catherine North 86

Westmoreland 70

St Catherine South 61

Kingston West 53

St Andrew South 51

St Andrew Central 40


Best police division January 1-September 23, 2016


Portland 6

St Thomas 14

St Elizabeth 18

Trelawny 18

St Ann 20