The multi-million dollar lottery scam is responsible for several western parishes having the highest per capita murder rate in the country.

That’s according to National Security Minister Peter Bunting.

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He made the disclosure last evening in Hanover at a People’s National Party face to face consultation meeting.

Minister Bunting, says every major crime in Hanover is down by approximately 30 percent, except murders — which has increased in comparison to the same period last year.

He says in order to address this, veteran officers have been dispatched, including Superintendent Steve McGregor whose leadership saw crime in the Kingston Western Division cut by half.