Parents charged after 21 children found at parties yesterday morning
The St Andrew South Police have vowed to step up the monitoring of dances and other entertainment events in the division in an effort to stamp out the practice of children attending these functions.
The warning came after the police arrested 21 children found at two dances in the division in the wee hours of yesterday morning.
"About 3:20, we carried out an operation at a dance on Sherlock Crescent, where we saw a mother and her 17-year-old daughter. The two were taken into custody and the mother charged for breaches of the Child Care and Protection Act, while the child was held as someone in need of care and protection," operations officer in the division, Deputy Superintendent Aaron Fletcher, told The Sunday Gleaner.
He said during the operation, a Browning 9mm pistol with a magazine containing sixteen 9mm cartridges was retrieved from a pot of soup. A woman who was reportedly seen putting the gun into the soup pot was arrested.
Minutes later, a man was accosted and searched and a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol containing ten 9mm rounds of ammunition was taken from him. He was also arrested.
From Sherlock Crescent, the police travelled to Seaview Gardens, where another dance was in session at 1001 Lawn.
"There we found 20 children 17 years old and younger inside the dance which was still in session at 5:45 a.m. The children were taken into custody as being in need of care and protection and their parents summoned to the Hunts Bay Police Station, where they were charged for breaching the Child Care and Protection Act," said Fletcher.
He said the promoter of the dance was also arrested and the sound systems that were being played at both events seized, with the operators charged for breaching the Noise Abatement Act.
"Unfortunately, we could not charge the operators of the venues, but we have made it clear that where they allow children to come into these adult events, we are going to place an embargo on the venue and will not issue permits for any dance to be held there," said Fletcher.