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Cops vow to crush deadly Malta gang, leader killed

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The Westmoreland police have declared that the dismantling of the deadly Malta gang is "well under way".

The pronouncement came hours after Torneil Haughton, also called 'Malta', the reputed leader of the gang, was killed in a confrontation with the police in the parish yesterday.

"They [gang members] should bear in mind that our investigative and operational efforts against the gang will continue, and soon, the long arm of the law will collar them," Police Commissioner Owen Ellington warned.

Haughton was reportedly killed in the community of Big Bridge shortly after midday and a .45 Colt pistol with three live rounds, along with an additional 39 rounds, were taken from him.

Police investigators say the gang has been terrorising the people of Westmoreland for years and Haughton had been asked to turn himself in numerous times since 2010.

The police say he was wanted for several murders, robberies, and shootings committed in the Westmoreland and Hanover police divisions.

Ellington said the police are committed to restoring public security and the confidence of citizens and warned that the security forces would not relent in their efforts to dismantle criminal gangs across the island and bring their members to justice.