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Former Mandeville mayor calls for stronger measures amid extortion attempts

Published:Tuesday | March 7, 2017 | 10:07 AM

Former mayor of Mandeville, Brenda Ramsay, is calling for what she describes as draconian measures to help crush a flourishing criminal network across the country.

She says it might require curtailing of some people’s rights to help bring the crime situation under control.

According to Ramsay, with an evolving criminal landscape and new technologies and ingenious thinking by misguided minds, the police are having to play catch up with the criminal underworld.

Her recommendation is for a review of some criminal laws that would fix those that are not stringent enough.

The former mayor’s comments follow last week’s attempt by criminals to extort businesses in Manchester.

However, the Custos Rotulorum for Manchester, Sally Porteous, says business leaders in Mandeville remain resolute in the face of the extortion attempt.

She notes that despite of the threats contained in a letter of extortion that was being delivered to a number of businesses, the people of the town are not afraid.

Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant confirmed yesterday that four persons including a 60-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the extortion racket.