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Police keeping close watch on sections of West Kingston

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, March 29, 2014    

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POLICE have increased security along Spanish Town Road, in the vicinity of Denham Town, after receiving reports that residents in West Kingston have again come under threat from gang members locked in a deadly feud in the city's west end.

West Kingston residents said they have been 'living on edge' as the conflict between criminals from Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town has escalated. The gangsters, they said, have now set up a so-called imaginary border where residents have been warned not to cross.

"... They have threaten to kill anyone from opposing communities who try to pass that area," said a man who resides in Denham Town.

The man, who asked not to be named because of the fear of being attacked, was among a small group of residents who shared similar sentiments with the Jamaica Observer on Thursday.

"Right now the people are living in fear; police are doing what they can but the criminals find ways to work around them," said a female resident from Tivoli Gardens.

Member of Parliament for West Kingston Desmond McKenzie, confirmed the reports about the attacks.

"I have heard of the reports and the people in communities are calling on the police to increase their presence as Spanish Town Road is the major hot spot," said McKenzie. He said that efforts by the police to bring crime in the area under control was bearing fruits. McKenzie said the majority of people were buying into the concept that crime in the division cannot continue.

Head of the Kingston Western Division Steve McGregor have also confirmed receiving reports of attacks by feuding gangs in the area..

"Police are keeping a 24-hour presence along Spanish Town Road as we have heard about these reports," said McGregor.

Yesterday, one resident claimed that at least two families were instructed to leave from where they were living because they had relatives in the opposing community.

Police have warned that they would leave no stones unturned in going after criminals who were hell bent on creating havoc in the area.

At the same time, the constabulary said its work with several agencies have been making significant headway in 'breaking the back of the crime monster' in West Kingston. It noted that programmes such as the youth curfew, under which youngsters under the age of 17 must be off the streets by 9:00 pm, as well as the programme where motivational speakers meet and hold discussions with residents, have been welcomed by the people of West Kingston.

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