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Curfew imposed in a section of Spanish Town amid SOE expiration

A curfew has been imposed in a section of Spanish Town in the St Catherine North Police Division where a state of public emergency (SOE) expired on Wednesday amid ongoing efforts to resolve national political differences over the merits of the emergency measure.

Ongoing feuding reportedly among some members of the notorious Clansman gang, including deadly gun attacks, has been a major security concern relative to the general area that has been placed under curfew.

The curfew began at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, and will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4.

The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:

NORTH: ​Along Greendale main road from the bridge at Dempshire Pen to the intersection with Michael Manley Drive.

EAST: ​Along Michael Manley Drive from Greendale main road to the intersection with the Spanish Town bypass road.

SOUTH: ​Along the Spanish Town bypass road from Michael Manley Drive to the bridge at the Rio Cobre River.

WEST: ​Along the eastern bank of the Rio Cobre River from the bridge at the Rio Cobre River to the Bridge at Dempshire Pen.

During the hours of the curfew, all persons within the defined boundaries are required to remain within their premises unless otherwise authorised in writing by the ground commander.