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Operation Restore Paradise gets cracking in MoBay

Published:Tuesday | May 21, 2019 | 12:16 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Various government agencies involved in the Operation Restore Paradise now under way in Montego Bay, St James, are reporting a successful first day in their new push to restore law and order in the Second City.

Yesterday, areas such as the Charles Gordon Market, The People’s Arcade, St James Street and Barnett Street were among the eyesores targeted.

Dozens of people were prosecuted for breaches of the Public Health Act and the Road Traffic Act. Some were also booked for stealing electricity.

Lennox Wallace, chief public health inspector for St James, told The Gleaner that his team was primarily looking out for people operating without public health licences, shops operating within insanitary spaces and cases of rodent infestation, among other issues.

“We have visited the Charles Gordon Market and other areas within Montego Bay, and so far, the team has cited dozens of persons, including business operators, who operate in breach of the Public Health Act,” Wallace said.

“We are targeting the People’s Arcade, which we consider to be an eyesore to Montego Bay, as it is one of the main areas which breed rodents within the township,” he added.

The police and Jamaica Defence Force soldiers, under the supervision of deputy superintendent in charge of operations for St James, Kevin Francis, also played a vital role in the day’s success.

They carried out several spot checks and search operations, resulting in a number of men being taken into custody.

Operation Restore Paradise, which is aimed at maintaining law and order in St James, is a collaborative initiative among the St James Municipal Corporation, Ministry of Health and Wellness, National Solid Waste Management Authority, Transport Authority, Jamaica Defence Force and the St James police.

The operation is expected to run for the remainder of the week.