9 arrested, several removed during raid on Shoemaker Gully
THE police yesterday arrested nine homeless men alleged to be involved in a series of crimes in New Kingston.
The arrests were made during a massive raid on Shoemaker Gully from which approximately 30 homeless men were removed.
The operation began at approximately 11:30 am when the police team and workers from the National Solid Waste Management Authority entered the gully.
"Nine of the individuals were arrested and several makeshift shacks that were built and used as areas to hide were demolished," said Patrick Murdock, who heads the New Kingston Police Post.
Police said yesterday's raid came amidst complaints by members of the business community and visitors about criminal activities in the area. A similar raid was carried out in the gully nearly two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, the police said parts of the gully will be sealed over the coming weeks to prevent the homeless men from accessing it.