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Murders down 50 per cent in Manchester - Bunting

Published:Friday | March 7, 2014 | 2:32 PM

The Minister of National Security and MP for Central Manchester, Peter Bunting, has reported a 12 per cent reduction in murders for the island and a 50 per cent reduction for the parish.

However, he says the police are still challenged in their efforts to put a stop to the acquisition of guns by criminals.

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce yesterday, the National Security Minister stated that Jamaica’s large maritime space which facilitates the gun trade between Hondurans, Haitians and Jamaicans, makes it challenging to stem and keep track of all the happenings.

The Minister mentioned the existence of between 250 and 300 gangs including those involving school children and pointed out that the seizure of about 800 rifles, still has not created a weapon shortage for criminals.

Bunting said he is working with the Ministry of Education to develop programmes to keep children in school, noting that 86 per cent of gang members are school drop outs.


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