Daviot Kelly, Staff Reporter
After a period of relative calm, sections of August Town in St Andrew are flaring up again.
The police link the recent upsurge in criminal activity to a feud between remnants of the Dog Paw gang and another gang from the Bedward Gardens and Duppy Lane areas.
Police sources say the leader of the Dog Paw gang goes by the alias 'Puppy Paw' and is a brother of former leader Christopher Linton, who is currently serving a 15-year sentence on firearm charges.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo said the police have their eye on the area.
"The guns are here and the criminals have armed themselves and conducted assaults on each other," Budhoo said.
Early yesterday morning, the police found two handguns after an operation in Bedward Gardens and other sections of August Town. Three men were detained in connection with the find, and 30 men were taken into custody for various offences.
"We won't back down from this assault on criminal gunmen and to find the guns and the men," said the veteran crime fighter, who added that recently implemented Operation Resilience had yielded more than 50 guns this month.
NEED COMMUNITY'S SUPPORT
He also implored the public to assist the security forces.
"We need the support of the people of this country. We need the support of the private sector and the 99 per cent of good people that live in Jamaica," he said. "We need that support if we are going to get rid of the guns in this country."
Budhoo is also blaming another gang feud for recent disturbances in the Kingston East Police Division. He said the conflict was between gangs that operate from Harbour Road and Jarrett Lane, respectively.
He said that the flare-up began about two weeks ago and appears to have been caused by a turf war, and the police have stepped up their presence and operational activities in these communities.