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Holness heads to St James, hopes to find reasons for crime spike

Published: Wednesday December 18, 2013 | 11:15 am Comments 0
Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness (second left) meets with (from left) JLP caretaker, Heroy Clarke, general secretary of the party, Dr Horace Chang and Lennox Wallace, party member at The Pelican in Montego Bay. – Janet Silvera Photo
Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness (second left) meets with (from left) JLP caretaker, Heroy Clarke, general secretary of the party, Dr Horace Chang and Lennox Wallace, party member at The Pelican in Montego Bay. – Janet Silvera Photo

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is on a fact-finding mission to Montego Bay, St James where violence has flared up in the last year, taking the lives of over 157 persons.


In the last three weeks at least 14 persons have lost their lives to the hands of gunmen wreaking havoc in the parish.

Holness, who told The Gleaner/Power106 News Centre that his visit was one of advocacy, will tour hotbeds such as Norwood, North Gully, Glendevon and Mt Salem, where he will meet with relatives of victims who have been killed.

His visit comes in the wake of concerns raised by JLP Caretaker, for Central St James, Heroy Clarke, who renewed calls for a more structured approach to crime and violence in the parish.

In a media release yesterday, Clarke stated that many crime prevention initiatives had been tried over the last 10 years.

However, he said in terms of the impact, they have been limited as the intervention programmes lack the necessary funds to sustain over the medium to long term and considered to be only token in most cases.

"St James is losing the battle against crime, especially in the medium to long term. The present crime spike is yet another strong indication of this," said Clarke.

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