More than 100 arrested on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day for breaches of Disaster Risk Management Act

The number of persons arrested on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act has reportedly increased to more than 100.

The arrests were for being part of illegal gatherings or for being in public after the curfew had started. 

Forty-eight people were arrested for breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Act in May Pen, Clarendon.

Some of those who were seen in public after the 10PM curfew on Christmas Eve said they were unable to get transportation home.

In St. Catherine, twelve were held after the police raided illegal parties in Linstead and Spanish Town.

The St Catherine North Police say five sound systems and an assortment of liquor were seized.

In St Elizabeth, twenty patrons at an illegal party were detained. The police were patrolling the communities of Brompton and Crawford when they came upon the party at Galleon Beach on Christmas Eve.

Some of the patrons fled, but the police took 20 them, as well as the two promoters, into custody.

They were taken to the Black River police station and charged with breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act.

Deputy Superintendent Narda Simms, head of the St Elizabeth police division, told Radio Jamaica News that the two promoters have also been charged with not having an entertainment permit and breaching the Noise Abatement Act.

The police confirmed on Friday night that there had been other incidents and they would provide details in due course.




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