Beware of fake crime scene news on Whatsapp, other social media – police

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – The police are advising the public that a message circulating on social media and other popular messaging apps regarding an active crime scene in Bayside, Portmore, is fake.

In a release, the Jamaica Constabulary Force's communications unit said the messages have been warning people to avoid the Bayside area after several individuals sustained gunshot injuries in an incident in the area. The police say there is no active crime scene at the location and have advised that people are free to conduct lawful business as usual.

In the meantime, law enforcers also used the opportunity to warn people against disseminating fake news, as such actions have the potential to cause considerable panic among the general public and could create public mischief. The latter they cautioned is a chargeable offense.

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