Sunday 16 June, 2019

Swallowfield protests cooled; cops’ challenge shifts to C'Spring Road

While the police are reporting success in clearing the roadways in the Swallowfield area of St Andrew that were blocked on Tuesday by residents protesting the killing of a teenager in the community by the police on Monday night, another major road challenge has emerged in the Corporate Area.

The Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) of the police force reported on Wednesday morning that the St Andrew Central police are maintaining a strong presence in the Swallowfield area, and are appealing to residents there to remain calm after clashes with the police since Tuesday.

This followed the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Casey Lake by the police during a reported confrontation in the community.

The police reported recovering a homemade firearm along with one round of ammunition from Lake after an exchange of gunfire, but the angry residents disputed the report, claiming that only one shot was fired, which claimed Lake’s life.

The situation led to a tense existence between the police and protesters in the area from Monday night, with a reported attempt to firebomb the nearby Stadium Gardens Police Station on Tuesday, and the destruction of at least one motor vehicle in the process.

But amid what appears to be the restoration of some level of calm in the area, with the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) now probing the incident, the police are reporting the emergence of another major challenge of a different kind, this time  on Constant Spring Road.

The police have advised motorists that a broken water main in the vicinity of Market Place has reduced the roadway in the area to single-lane traffic only.

The motorists are being advised to expect increased delays along the roadway where there were already challenges with traffic flow because of ongoing road works along the corridor.

The CCU, in a release, advised motorists traversing the area to exercise patience.

The police are said to be on hand to assist with the traffic flow.

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