The Jamaica Public Service, JPS, is reporting that one of its teams that visited the Jones Town community in St Andrew yesterday was forced to leave due to alleged threats of violence.

According to the light and power company, its team was in the area to remove illegal connections.

In a statement to the media yesterday, JPS alleged that the electricity theft rate in Jones Town is well over 90%.

The JPS also says its team removed over 1,200 illegal connections from its infrastructure.

But, the light and power company says what started as a routine effort to encourage regularization ended with hundreds of residents allegedly surrounding and intimidating the JPS crew with “suggestions of violence”.

According to the JPS, its team subsequently left the community, after encouraging residents to become legal JPS customers. 

It says this is not the first time its teams have come under threat from persons in various communities, who have either interrupted or completely halted their operations to promote regularization.

The JPS is appealing to persons not to interfere with its crew members carrying out their lawful duty.