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Clarendon's most wanted killed, police appeal to residents

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers

The head of the Clarendon police, Superintendent David White, has delivered an ominous warning to residents of Longville Park, as one of the most wanted criminals in the parish was cut down in a confrontation with cops.

"Start trusting the police and sharing information or face unpleasant consequences," White told residents of Longville Park.

Yesterday, reputed gangster Nyko Walters, also called 'Speckles', was reportedly killed in a shoot-out with the police in the community of Farm/Effortville.

"We are confident that one of the main violence producers in the parish has been taken out," head of the Area Three Police, Assistant Commissioner Clifford Chambers, told The Gleaner.

According to Chambers, 'Speckles' was a leading member of the Red Square gang, a breakaway faction from the Lion Paw gang, and was wanted for at least six murders and a number of robberies and shootings.

He said that members of the Red Square gang are involved in contract killings, extortion, and robberies.

Chambers revealed that shortly before midday yesterday, Walters and a group of men were spotted by members of a police team in Effortville. He said that the men opened fire at the police, triggering an exchange of gunfire.

When the shooting ended, Chambers said, Walters and a policeman were found with gunshot wounds. The policeman was treated at hospital and released, while Walters was pronounced dead.

 

SILENT LIPS WON'T HELP

 

White, in his address to residents of Longville Park on Sunday, revealed that some of the country's deadliest criminal gangs, including the St Catherine-based Clansman gang, are setting up operations in their community.

"From Longville Park, they would launch attacks in Old Harbour Bay and May Pen," he told surprised residents attending a special sensitisation meeting.

As a result, White appealed to residents to be vigilant and take responsibility for the security of their community.

"Because if you see no evil and speak no evil, then evil will overcome you. Silent lips won't help," he said, urging the residents to follow the example of their counterparts in the community of Canaan Heights.

According to White, there were no murders in Canaan Heights last year, mainly because residents took a stance against the wrongdoers in their midst and reported suspicious activities to the police.

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