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Party-goers attack police in St Ann again

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 12:11 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

For the second time within a month, the St Ann police have come under attack by residents after attempting to bring an end to an entertainment event in breach of the curfew last Saturday night in Retirement district, Brown’s Town.

Following complaints from residents of noise coming from a party in the community, the police went to the area some time after 10 o’clock and ordered that the event be halted.

It is reported that patrons objected, saying the event was a nine night.

Throwing stones, bottles

When the police outlined the various breaches being committed under the Disaster Risk Management Act and insisted that the event be brought to an end, several persons became verbally abusive. They later began throwing stones and bottles at the police team, which had to take evasive action.

The police had to fire warning shots to disperse the crowd. No one was hurt during the incident and no arrests were made.

However, Superintendent Carlos Russell, who heads the St Ann Police Division, said some of the assailants were known and would be apprehended and brought before the courts.

He condemned the attack on the cops, vowing that such actions would not deter the police in their quest to maintain law and order.

“We will not stand by and allow this to happen. The police will continue to enforce the law, and these persons who attack the police will not go unpunished. These persons will be caught and arrested, and they will be brought to justice,” Russell said.

On September 26, a similar incident occurred in Parry Town, near Ocho Rios, after police brought an end to another event in breach of the regulations.

In that incident, a police Isuzu pick-up was damaged as several outraged patrons pelted it with stones, smashing the windscreen and several windows.

One person, the party promoter, was arrested in that incident.