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Murders gallop to 61 in first 13 days of new year - police

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The country's murder rate continues to spiral as police figures show 61 murders have been committed since the start of the year.

The police statistics show that up to January 13, there were 61 murders, 34 shootings and 34 robberies.

This is compared with 47 murders, 40 shootings and 36 robberies over the same period last year.

Jamaica closed 2017 with one thousand 616 murders, one of the highest homicide figures on record.

St James in the western section of the island led the statistics with 335 murders, followed by Clarendon with 168 and