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Crime-torn Clarendon communities protest against crime

Published:Sunday | April 26, 2015 | 12:39 PM

A peace march is scheduled to start in less than two hours in the crime-torn Clarendon communities of Hayes and New Bowens in southern Clarendon as the area grapples with an upsurge in crime.

The protest is being organised as tension continues to increase in the communities amid a series of shootings and killings in the communities in the past month, which have left five people dead, four of them boys.

On Friday, a drive-by shooting in New Bowens left the father and a cousin of an 11-year-old boy who had been killed three weeks earlier. A bystander was also injured. Their conditions were not known up to news time.

Residents of the Monymusk Housing Scheme in Hayes are still grappling with the April 16 murders of two 14-year-old boys; a 16-year-old and a 35-year-old man. They were all forced to lie, face down, and shot in the head.

Today's protest, being led by the Hayes Refinery Council with support from the Hayes Police Youth Club, is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. Residents will march from New Bowens to the Monymusk Housing Scheme.

The march is being supported by the Clarendon division of the community safety and security branch; Youth for Change Movement; the Social Development Commission (SDC) and several other police youth clubs in the parish.

Mayor of May Pen and councillor for the Hayes Division, Scean Barnswell, says he hopes the protest will encourage adults to be more responsible in their care of the nation's children.