Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Senior cops and battle-weary residents walk for peace in East Kingston

Heavy security in East Kingston earlier this week as tensions gripped the area. (file photo)

Heavy security in East Kingston earlier this week as tensions gripped the area. (file photo)

Members of the Police High Command and residents on Thursday staged a peace walk through sections of the East Kingston Police Division.

The residents said for several months now, a number of communities in the volatile police division have been placed on lock down because of a deadly feud among rival gangs from several areas, including Jacques Road and nearby Goodridge Lane.

"The purpose of the initiative was to bring an end to the ongoing feud that has in the last month claimed the lives of several persons, and has placed a damper on holiday celebrations for hundreds of residents," Deputy Superintendent Robert Walker, the commanding officer for the East Kingston Police Division, told Loop News.

During the 'peace walk', political representatives and influential community member joined with members of the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) to hear the concerns of residents from the war-torn areas, the police said.

Several residents who were forced to virtually hide in their homes for months out of fear, welcomed the move.

"Well today several of the individuals calling themselves major players in the community met and made a call for an end to the ongoing violence," one female resident told Loop News.

"Right now all we can do is to keep our fingers crossed and hope for things to improve following this meeting," said another resident.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free:

  

Comments