Po­lice prom­ise to pre­vent bloody Christ­mas

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE -

AChrist­mas mas­sacre has re­port­edly been promised for Span­ish Town by Clans­man’s gang­sters, but the cops are mov­ing to re­as­sure per­sons that it has “good cov­er­age on the ground.”

Two men were mur­dered in a sec­tion of Span­ish Town called Rivoli yes­ter­day, one of whom is said to be a chief lieu­tenant of re­puted Clans­man boss Te­sha Miller.

The vi­o­lence in Span­ish Town has re­sulted in a num­ber of busi­nesses clos­ing early. Sev­eral per­sons have lost their jobs due to a down­turn in busi­nesses ac­tiv­i­ties and the Old Cap­i­tal re­mains tense.


A voice note, which has been mak­ing its way across var­i­ous so­cial me­dia plat­forms, in­di­cates that the Old Cap­i­tal could be in for may­hem as thugs war for con­trol of the di­vided Clans­man gang.

“The man a say him a come wipe out ev­ery­thing inna the town ... Span­ish Town nah see nuh Christ­mus,” the mes­sage said.

“If yuh can avoid the town, avoid the town at all cost,” the mes­sage added.

The Po­lice High Com­mand said it is aware of the voice note, and said that it has been in cir­cu­la­tion since the ar­rest of An­dre Bryan, oth­er­wise called ‘Black­man’.

Bryan was re­cently freed of the 2008 mur­der of Dou­glas Cham­bers, the late chair­man of the Ja­maica Ur­ban Tran­sit Com­pany. Po­lice yes­ter­day said that he was taken into cus­tody ear­lier this week, pro­cessed, and re­leased.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Stephanie Lind­say, head of the Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Unit (CCU) of the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force, told THE STAR that the po­lice are pay­ing close at­ten­tion to the mes­sage.


‘We don’t know if it is a hoax and has been de­signed to spread panic,” Lind­say said.

She told THE STAR that the po­lice, how­ever, are not tak­ing the mat­ter lightly.

“We are urg­ing the pub­lic to re­main calm and be as­sured that the po­lice are still main­tain­ing a strong pres­ence in Span­ish Town in or­der to re­store law and or­der,” she said, while adding that the in­for­ma­tion is be­ing an­a­lysed and an assess­ment is be­ing made on its au­then­tic­ity.


Mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces on a mur­der scene in the March Pen com­mu­nity of Span­ish Town, St Cather­ine, on Oc­to­ber 10.

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