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Manchester police gear up for Yuletide

Published:Thursday | December 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Manchester, Jamaica

The Manchester police will be strengthening their efforts to maintain order during the Yuletide season which began November 1, and will continue through January 2, 2015. Persons can expect to see an increased number of police personnel, throughout various sections of the town, conducting routine and special checks.

According to Superintendent of Police Melvin Brown, the town centre will be sterile from 5 p.m., December 24, through to the end of Christmas Day.

"Vehicles approaching the town from Main Street will make a right turn at the vicinity of the Holsum Bakery on to Race Course Road and on to Caledonia Road. Vehicles entering the town centre coming from Ward Avenue will turn right at the Top Loaf Bakery on to Manchester Plaza. Vehicles coming from Knockpatrick- Manchester Road into the town centre will make a right turn on to Grove Road, then a right turn at the stoplight on to Perth Road and on to Caledonia Road. If commuters intend to go westerly to the St Elizabeth region, then they will be required to make a left at the stop light just at MegaMart."

He continued: "It is customary that we expect to receive increased economic activities as well as pedestrian and vehicular traffic. As a result, our operational plans will be sensitive to the economic and social changes.

Carr stated that there will be increased foot patrols; mobile patrols, vehicle stop and check, and people check points in bus parks, commercial areas and other busy locations.

- T.B.