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Westmoreland MP decries serious crimes in parish

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Member of Parliament for Western Westmoreland, Dr Wykeham McNeill, has called for the authorities to move decisively to stem what he described as the bloodletting in the parish.

"In less than a week, the body of another beautiful young woman has been discovered in Western Westmoreland, the victim of a gruesome assault by unknown assailants," McNeill said in a news release yesterday.

McNeill, who spoke to the mother of the latest victim by telephone, said he felt her pain and anguish as she struggled to come to terms with the reality that her daughter has become a victim of the senseless murder wave sweeping the country.

"We must take back our country from the hoodlums who seek to instill fear in our people. It is extremely disturbing that our women and children are becoming the targets of these heinous crimes," the MP asserted.

"The country must return to the days when people felt that justice was certain and that the law would always be able to protect the most vulnerable amongst us."

He urged the Government to take speedy action to restore order, noting that areas of the country that enjoyed relative peace and tranquillity were now affected by shocking episodes of crime.