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Central Westmoreland MP demands end to crime spiral

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2015 | 10:32 PM
PNP supporters gather in Petersfield, Westmoreland for the first in a series of mass rallies the party has announced.

Central Westmoreland MP Dwayne Vaz took to the platform in Petersfield Westmoreland at a People’s National Party (PNP) mass meeting Sunday evening telling supporters that crime in the parish was at intolerable levels.

“It can’t continue,” Vaz said in reference to what he called the “crime business in Westmoreland”.

The MP did not cite figures but earlier this month the police listed the western parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover and St James as problem places.

According to the police between January 1 and September 5, there were 68 murders in Westmoreland, up from 33 for the corresponding period in 2014.

The police noted too that the lottery scam was contributing to the increase in crimes in the western parishes.

The police have also reported that Westmoreland is among rural parishes now recording more murders than divisions in the corporate area.

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No sooner had Vaz turned to the issue of crime in Westmoreland than excitement erupted when PNP President Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller arrived at the mass rally.

Vaz would later turn to his list of achievements since becoming MP in December 2014 following the death of Roger Clarke.

He referred to the establishment of basic schools, the upgrading of clinics and the rehabilitation of interior roads.