Eleven Miles residents stage massive protest
Eleven Miles Bull Bay in St Thomas was the scene of a massive demonstration this afternoon as several residents protested faulty street lighting in and around the community square.
The placard-bearing residents say that the 10 streetlights, including one damaged during Hurricane Sandy, have not been functioning for about five months and that the resulting darkness has been creating an environment for criminal activity.
According to the residents, the area is unsafe for commuters and several bus and taxi operators have been harassed and robbed in the community in recent months.
Police from the St Thomas division confirmed that break-ins have been on the increase in Eleven Miles. A bar in the community square was recently fleeced of several thousand dollars worth of merchandise, including a deep freeze refrigerator.
Edwin Marr, councillor for the division, says the Jamaica Public Service Company has been contacted to repair or replace the non-functioning street lights. He assured residents that the faulty lights would be repaired by the end of the day.
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