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Disturbance at Freeport police lock-up

Published:Thursday | March 6, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Adrian Frater, News Editor



MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica:

There is now tension at the Freeport police station in Montego Bay, St James following a reported disturbance.




The reason for the disturbance was not immediately clear as the authorities were not able to address the issue.



However, an ambulance was seen entering and leaving the facility.



Amid shouts from prisoners, some were heard demanding food and better accommodation.



"Mr Parkie, man cannot live by bread alone," one prisoner shouted as Commanding Officer Senior Superintendent Egbert Parkins entered the cell area.



Police authorities tried for sometime to calm the boisterous prisoners who banged cell doors and made loud noises.

The disturbance has affected scheduled interviews of prisoners by their lawyers and investigators.



"There is a lot of shouting and screaming going on down there," said attorney at law, Charles Sinclair, who was at the station for a question and answer session with his client and a police investigator.



However, the process was called off as the cellblock was locked down for security reasons.



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