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York Town residents say overgrown bush providing cover for criminals

Kimmo Matthews

Friday, May 02, 2014    

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ANGRY residents of York Town, Clarendon, are calling for the authorities to trim overgrown vegetation in the area following the rape of a 17-year-old girl in the community early yesterday.

Anger and shock gripped the community yesterday after gunmen kicked open the door to the house where the girl and her family reside, and dragged her to nearby bushes where she was raped. The incident happened about 2:00 am.

The residents, who blocked roads to voice their disgust, say spots of overgrown bush make the area a haven for criminals.

"Criminals are using these heavily vegetated areas as havens to lurk and carry out their criminal acts," deputy mayor of May Pen, Uphel Percell, told the Jamaica Observer.

"This is heartless," lamented Percell, stressing that yesterday's incident was the latest in a series of attacks on residents in the area.

He said that the criminals were using cellphones to stay steps ahead of the police.

Yesterday, news of the gruesome attack stirred up deep emotions among the residents.

"We are fed up; we are shocked and angry over such an incident," said one female protester, noting that the demonstration was meant to send a strong message to the authorities.

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