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No permission was given for ill-fated motorcade through Flanker, say police

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2016 | 2:17 AM
“Police intelligence assets are on the ground continuously monitoring the situation,” disclosed Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, “and this information informs the decisions about the granting of permission for marches and motorcades.

The police say no permission was given for a motorcade through Flanker, St James yesterday which ended with one man being killed, three others injured and 12 vehicles damaged.

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The St James Police are reiterating their call for good sense to prevail during the election campaign season.

This call comes against the background of the killing of one man, whose identity has not yet been ascertained, and the injuring of three other persons who were part of a political motorcade on Kodak Street in Flanker, St James yesterday.

Twelve motor vehicles were also damaged in the incident.

“Police intelligence assets are on the ground continuously monitoring the situation,” disclosed Senior Superintendent (SSP) Steve McGregor, “and this information informs the decisions about the granting of permission for marches and motorcades.

“We are appealing to organisers and party officials to heed all instructions and warnings given in the future,” the SSP said, highlighting that no permission was given for the ill-fated motorcade through Flanker St James.

“In fact, there were explicit warnings against it,” he said, explaining that this was because of heightened tensions in the area as a result of the shooting death of two men from the community and the injury of three other persons at a Jamaica Labour Party mass rally in Sam Sharpe Square in the parish on February 8.

The Montego Bay Police are continuing their investigations and are asking anyone who may be able to help them to contact detectives at 953-6191, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest Police Station.