Monday 20 May, 2019

Another bomb threat! St Catherine Parish Court now on lockdown

File photo of Jamaica Fire Brigade trucks.

File photo of Jamaica Fire Brigade trucks.

A team of police officers, firefighters and members of the bomb squad are now at the St Catherine Parish Court evacuating officials following a bomb threat made at that courthouse early Tuesday.

It's the latest in a string of bomb threats made to courts across the island, and comes just 24 hours after the previous one, which locked down the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston for hours. There have been similar developments at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way Tree and the Trelawny Parish Court in Duncans.

Reports from the Spanish Town Police are that about 10:00 am Tueasday, a call was made to the police station warning that a bomb was planted at the St Catherine Parish Court. As a result of the incident, activities at the court have been suspended and the building evacuated. 

In all the previous cases, searches were conducted but no explosives found.

No arrests have so far been made in relation to the threats. Investigators are following a number of leads including the possibility that one of Kingston's notorious gangs, with a member presently before the courts, may be behind the calls.

"We suspect the calls were made to disrupt a particular trial taking place at the court but we will not say anything further until more information is gathered,” a police insider told Loop News recently,

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