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Hanover murder rate skyrocketing - police report

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 4:31 AM
In this file photo, a Hanover family mourns the death of loved ones.
Head of the criminal investigation branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell provided the statistics during a special Gleaner forum on crime last evening. - Patrick Planter Photo
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The police are reporting that the murder tally in Hanover has skyrocketed over last year, as murders islandwide continue to outpace the figures for last year.

Head of the criminal investigation branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ealan Powell provided the statistics during a special Gleaner forum on crime last evening.

ACP Powell said Jamaica’s murder tally for 2017 up to yesterday stood at 367 compared to 305 at that point in 2016.

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This is 62 more murders so far.

ACP Powell said Hanover has experienced the highest jump in murders, with 26 so far this year compared to five for the similar period last year.

Meanwhile, St James has recorded 66 homicides so far compared to 54 for the corresponding period in 2016, while Westmoreland has had 42 murders against 27 last year.

There have been 39 murders so far in the St Catherine North police division, covering Spanish Town, compared to 27 at this time in 2016.