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Jamaica: As violence flares, Lionel Town welcomes curfew

Residents and community leaders of Lionel Town have been heartened by a 48-hour curfew imposed on Friday evening and are hopeful that the security measure will be extended.

The southeast Clarendon town has been hit by acute violence over the last few weeks, with several residents being victims to firebombings and gun attacks.

May Pen Mayor Winston Maragh said the curfew was a positive, strategic move to defuse tensions and sporadic violence between two gangs in the area.

“I hope the police find who they are looking for, with what is happening down there,” he told The Gleaner. “I hope they search every yard, dig out under every wash pan and thing to see if they can find the guns and these guys.”

Maragh, who is councillor of the Rocky Point division, where Lionel Town is located, recommended that cordon-and-search operations be expanded to other troubled communities beyond Lionel Town.

Clarendon South East Member of Parliament Pearnel Charles Jr and other officials visited Lionel Town two weeks ago.

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