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Negril police turn up the heat on illegal motorcyclists after visitor killed

Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 12:33 PM

The Negril police in Westmoreland have launched a major clampdown on motorcyclists operating illegally in the resort town.

It follows the early morning attack on a group of Canadian visitors along the West End road on Saturday that left one man dead.

It’s reported that while the three visitors were walking along the roadway, two sets of motorcyclists with pillions rode up.

One of the pillions reportedly got off the bike and was attempting to wrestle a handbag from a woman who was travelling in the group.

Her boyfriend, 35-year-old Andre Palakai reportedly intervened when he was shot dead by the gunman.

The bikers then rode off with the woman’s bag.

On Saturday, the Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams visited the relatives of the visitor in Negril.

Meanwhile, since Saturday the police have seized 40 motorcycles that were not fit to be on the road.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Warren Clarke who heads the Area One Police says the law enforcers are intensifying their investigation into the attack.

He also says the police will be maintaining the pressure on motorcyclists who are operating without the proper documentation.