Forty people are in custody following several hours of intense gunfire in sections of West Kingston last night.

Information reaching the Nationwide News Center is that shortly after 8pm, members of rival gangs in Denham Town and Tivioli Gardens engaged in an intense gun fight. The gun battle continued until well after midnight.

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay is Head of the police’s Corporate Communications Unit, CCU.

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Superintendent Lindsay says police were trapped in the area last night, while trying to keep rival gangs from Denham Town and Tivoli Gardens apart.

The area has been tense since a shooting on Nomination Day, last Friday.

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Superintendent Lindsay says the police were rescued quickly. No one was injured.

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She says although the area is now fairly calm, police are still advising the public to avoid Spanish Town Road and the affected areas of West Kingston if possible, or to proceed with caution.