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Police ponder weekend curfews for west Kingston communities

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 12:59 PM
In this file photo security forces patrol Tivoli Gardens in west Kingston.

Head of the West Kingston police, Superintendent Howard Chambers, says police in the division are meeting to discuss whether to institute curfews in some west Kingston communities on the weekend.

He says persons wishing to conduct business in downtown Kingston may do so but should exercise caution amid the sporadic flare up of violence in communities surrounding the commercial centre.

The caution follows another night of violence in which gunmen carried out two separate attacks which left two men dead.

Superintendent Chambers says the first incident occurred in the Maxfield Avenue area around 8:45 last night.

Forty-five-year-old taxi driver Mark Mattis was killed while sitting along Ramsay Road.

He was reportedly approached by armed men who shot him in the arms and legs.

The second shooting occurred close to midnight in the vicinity of Denham Town.

The police say residents summoned them after hearing explosions and a man's body was found on Charles Street with multiple gunshot wounds.

The police are still trying to ascertain the identity of the victim.

There has been tensions in West Kingston since last Friday, when a son of former drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was shot and injured in Tivoli Gardens.

The police say the flare ups are resulting from warring gangs in the communities of Tivoli Gardens and Denham town.