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JUST IN: PNP treasurer Norman Horne to get police protection following threat assessment

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2016 | 7:03 PM
Horne ... According to a highly-placed source, the decision to provide him with a close protection officer was made on Thursday after a threat assessment conducted by the police.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

People's National Party (PNP) treasurer, Norman Horne is to be assigned police a police bodyguard, law enforcement sources have revealed.

According to a highly-placed source, the decision to provide Horne with a close protection officer (CPO) was made on Thursday after a threat assessment conducted by the police.

Horne has been under scrutiny since a report he authored was leaked.

The report triggered the campaign financing scandal now rocking the PNP.

"He was given the CPO because of heightened fear for his safety," the source said.

Horne, who arrived in the island a short while ago, told The Gleaner that the police have been in contact with his office and have indicated that they are contemplating providing him with a CPO.

The PNP treasurer says he plans to make contact with Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams this evening to confirm the information relayed to him by his office.

The campaign financing scandal erupted after Horne, in a report to the PNP's National Executive Council accused senior party officials of not turning over to the party money collected in the lead up to the February 25 General Elections.