Thursday 21 November, 2019

Bomb threat shuts down court operations at Half-Way Tree

Activities at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court at Half-Way Tree were brought to an abrupt halt on Tuesday afternoon, following a bomb threat at the complex.

Reports from the Half-Way Tree Police Station are that close to midday, police officers at the station got a call from an individual who informed them that a bomb was on the court premises.

The report triggered a quick reaction from the authorities.

“We got a call and based on the information, we sprang into action by calling the bomb squad and vacating the court,” a police officer from the station told Loop News.

A search was conducted, but nothing relating to an explosive was found.

The Court Management Services (CMS) said as a result of the development, all court cases that were scheduled for Tuesday that were not dealt with up to that point of the day, were adjourned and the respective parties issued with new dates to return to court.

“We ask for the patience and understanding of members of the public as we work with the police to ensure the safety and security of all users of the court,” the CMS stated in a release.

On August 21, a bomb threat forced the abrupt ending of court in Duncans, Trelawny. An anonymous phone call was also the source of the scare, which brought the day’s proceedings to a halt as law enforcement personnel searched for a possible explosive.

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