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St Thomas on the cusp of anarchy, says councillor

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2015 | 9:10 AM
Councillor Marsha Davis (left) tries to console Beverly Palmer, the mother of slain constable Craig Palmer in St Thomas.

The People’s National Party’s standard-bearer for Western St Thomas, Marsha Francis, says some areas of the constituency are now on the cusp of anarchy.

Francis made the assertion hours after the murder of two policemen in Poor Man's Corner in the parish.

Corporal Kenneth Davis who was attached to the Protective Services Division and Constable Craig Palmer from the Kingston Western Division were ambushed and shot while playing a game of dominoes with friends on Tuesday night.

Francis says she will be asking the police to work with the community to consider all strategic steps required to avert what she calls the current trend of violence and to prevent a regressive conflict.


PNP councillor for the Cedar Valley Division, Marsha Francis

She also says this is not the time for publicity stunts or to play politics with the issue of crime.  

According to her, creating an environment free from fear requires a robust, decisive response from the police and the local community, which she will help to lead.

Francis, who represents the Cedar Valley Division in the St. Thomas Parish Council maintains that the situation in the parish could develop into a crisis if all stakeholders do not play a constructive role in seeking to defuse the problem.

The police are on the brink of recording at least 1,200 murders for this year or 20 percent more than last year.

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party has criticised the government for its response to the crime situation, asserting that murders tend to rise when the People's National Party is in power.