Thursday 20 September, 2018

Deadly violence forces closure of schools in Grange Hill, Westmoreland

The charred remains of a shop and several dwelling houses in a section of Grange Hill, Westmoreland, which was attacked by gunmen on Tuesday and burnt in a deadly feud that was played out in several other sections of the community.

The charred remains of a shop and several dwelling houses in a section of Grange Hill, Westmoreland, which was attacked by gunmen on Tuesday and burnt in a deadly feud that was played out in several other sections of the community.

Students attending schools in Grange Hill and surrounding areas in Westmoreland were sent home on Wednesday following the multiple killings in the community over a 24-hour period from Tuesday morning.

A total of seven persons were killed in a number of attacks on communities in and around Grange Hill since Tuesday morning, which the police have linked to a lotto scam-related feud.

Grange Hill High School was among the schools which closed their doors as a result of the violence.

According to the high school principal, Errol Stewart, the school opened its doors on Wednesday, but closed hours after due to low attendance.

Stewart also disclosed that in the face of the serious upsurge in violence in the community, there is a heightened sense of concern among the school fraternity in light of the pending CSEC examinations.

Meanwhile, National Security Minister, Dr Horace Chang, and Commission of Police, Major General Anthony Anderson have been locked in a meeting about the development with the leadership of the Westmoreland police at the Savanna-la-Mar Police Station in the parish capital.

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