Sunday 8 December, 2019

Third state of emergency announced in parts of Kingston, St Andrew

Active, ongoing security operations in Kingston.

Active, ongoing security operations in Kingston.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness a short while ago declared a state of public emergency for sections of Kingston and St Andrew that have seen an upsurge in crime, including murders, since the start of the year.

It is the third such emergency measure to be imposed across the country this year.

The affected areas are the St Andrew South, Kingston Central and Kingston Western police divisions.

The first state of emergency was imposed in St James on January 18, following some 335 murders in the parish last year.

On March 18, the prime minister announced a second state of emergency for the St Catherine North Police Division, following a surge in murders generally, and increasing extortion mainly in the Spanish Town and Linstead business districts.

More details on the latest state of emergency are to follow.

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