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More than 2,000 detained under Corporate Area state of emergency

More than 2,000 people have been detained under the State of Public Emergency in sections of the Corporate Area.
 
Data obtained by RJR News on Wednesday show that 2,460 people have been detained since the security measure was imposed on September 23 as part of efforts to combat gang violence and other criminal activities.
 
Forty-three of the detainees remain in custody for questioning in connection with major crimes.
 
Some of them reportedly fled the State of Public Emergency in St. James.
 
Four of the detainees have been charged, one of them with shooting with intent.
 
Four illegal guns and 80 rounds of ammunition have also been seized by the security forces.
 
In the meantime, the authorities have established a 24-hour hotline where family members can call to make enquiries about their relatives in detention.
 
The number is 1-876-340-7626.
 
The State of Public Emergency, which covers communities in Kingston Central, Kingston Western and the St. Andrew South police divisions, was extended last week by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
 
It will continue until January 7.
 
                                                


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