Thursday 2 July, 2020

Police probe launched into theft of Gov’t care packages in St Mary


A high-level police probe has been launched into the theft of care packages from a team attached to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Enfield, St Mary on the weekend.

It is alleged that while the team was in a section of Enfield on Saturday, hoodlums blocked a truck that was loaded with the packages, and took several care packages with food that were intended to be distributed among residents of the community.

The care packages consisted of food items, including canned food, rice and flour.

The hoodlums later escaped in the area. 

No member of the Government team was harmed during the incident, according to police sources.

The matter remains under investigation.

Enfield, along with Dover and Annotto Bay, were placed under quarantine last Thursday due to the spread of COVID-19 in the communities. According to the Office of the Prime Minister, a collective 13 cases have been reported in the areas.

Several residents of the communities have complained bitterly about the lack of access to food items and the speed at which food was being delivered in the affected areas.

According to the ministry with responsibility for the distributions, more than 1,000 food packages have been delivered to residents.

Going forward, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) are to accompany the Ministry of Labour team as they carry out further distribution of care packages in the communities under quarantine.

St Mary has recorded 18 cases of COVID-19 up to Sunday.

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