‘St James Crime Surge Cauterized’ – Montague

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National Security Minister, Robert Montague, told Parliament yesterday that the crime wave in St. James has been cauterized.

However, he says a few more incidents may be expected due to lingering tensions between gangs.

He says 98 people have been detained over the past few days.

He noted that two of the parish’s most wanted men are in custody. Sixty-six rounds of ammunition have also been seized.

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Minister Montague praised law-abiding residents and the police for their bravery.

He called on stakeholders in the country to conduct deep introspection and reassess their contribution to the country’s crime problem.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.