All di dead dem a search - funerals affected in state of public emergency

March 19, 2018
Members of the Jamaica Defence Force search a vehicle along St Johns Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, yesterday morning. A state of public emergency has been established in the St Catherine North Police Division.

Scores of persons using the streets in the St Catherine North police division were subjected some level of inconvenience yesterday at the start of newly implemented State of Public Emergency.

So intense were the actions of the security forces that not even the dead were spared, as vehicles using the busy St Johns Road corridors to the Dovecot Memorial Gardens and Meadowrest Gardens were subjected to searches by military and police personnel.

As for the convoy of drivers of motorcycles who usually have reckless abandon on the road, it was a different show.

"Bwoy although we deal wid respect pon di road, dem still a pree wi. A pure search dem deh, every corna a police and soldier," a motorcyclist told THE STAR.

Meanwhile, the operator of a popular funeral home said that despite some inconvenience it is pleasing to see the security forces.

"Nothing is as bad as the criminal acts taking place in St Catherine. We will survive the inconvenience by the police, but the crime must be dealt with," he said on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile other heighetend security activities were observed in Bog Walk, Knollis, Church Road, Lakes Pen and Thompson Pen and other crime hot spots throughout the division which recorded 48 murders since the start of 2018.

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