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Cops raid Falmouth’s 'back road'

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 5:00 AMLeon Jackson

Western Bureau:

Nearly three dozen people were arrested on Saturday night when police swooped down on Falmouth's infamous 'Back Road', which has become a haven for prostitutes and their clients, making life miserable for residents.

"We conducted a raid in the area and a total of 32 persons, 15 women and 17 men, were arrested," a police source told The Gleaner. "We will be taking a no-nonsense approach to keep these people (the prostitutes and their clients) out of the area," the source said.

The spotlight was recently turned on 'Back Road' when The Western Star published a story highlighting the struggles of an elderly couple whose yard was being constantly invaded by prostitutes.

Those arrested on Saturday night included persons from Kingston, St Ann, and St Catherine. Among them was a 57-year-old woman.

Franklyn Henry, the 84-year-old resident whose yard was being used as a sex shop, was a happy man yesterday morning.

"Action has been taken to relieve me of my misery," said Henry. "In addition to the raid by the police, the Jamaica Public Service has installed a very bright light on the pole just outside my window. Now that the police have intervened, I hope they will now stay away."