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Murder of Manchester taxi driver prompts warning from transport group

Monday, December 17, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The murder of a taxi driver in Comfort district, Manchester has prompted calls from Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) for all public transport operators to exercise care with their money and passengers, especially during the festive season.

The police's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), said the deceased has been identified 30-year-old Cleon Clarke of Haulage Lane in Land Settlement, Manchester.

Reports are that about 6:00 am yesterday, passersby saw the body and summoned the police and on their arrival, the body was seen along the roadway on its back with several gunshot wounds to the head.

TODSS is speculating that the murder could be the end result of a robbery and as such, is urging taxi operators to be extra careful how they expose large sums of cash and who they transport, “as criminals are at dangerous play at this time of the year more than ever and they are going after life and property”.

“We cannot over state our call for transport operators to lodge or put away their cash at least twice per day and stop exposing cash between their fingers as this attract(s) criminals,” TODSS said.

The transport group noted that for this reason, among others, it will be introducing a cashless system on public transport within the first quarter of 2019 along with other safety instruments.


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