Cleon March, the acting Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of crime, has confirmed that the robbers in Sunday's daring heist of a Beryllium van absconded with $23.2 million.

The recent gun attack on a Beryllium team at Scotiabank in Portmore, St Catherine, has caused service disruption for National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB) customers.

Beryllium Limited has confirmed that one of its vehicles and the assigned crew members came under heavy gun attack at Scotiabank’s Cookson Pen Branch in Portmore, St Catherine on Sunday.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gary McKenzie, head of the police’s Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch (PSTMB), says he has seen an improvement in the behaviour of the motoring public since the implementation of the new Transport Authority regulations, and he thinks the electronic surveillance system, which will detect breaches in areas not manned by police, will further improve the situation when it comes on stream.

“There are encouraging signs, but there are still some things that are to get going,” McKenzie said. “We are currently in the review period and there are a number of adjustments that are being contemplated, but we are headed in the right direction.”

According to McKenzie, the Transport Authority regulations will complement aspects of the new Road Traffic Act, which is currently under review after a public outcry against some of the stipulations.

“We are also fine-tuning other aspects of the regulations,” continued McKenzie. “And there are other aspects that we expect to come on stream over time, to include how we issue driver’s licences.”

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) membership is currently being stretched thin in its efforts to combat the ongoing lawlessness, which at times results in some sensitive areas being left without police presence. He nonetheless noted that drivers who disobey the traffic lights at intersections will not escape prosecution, as the new electronic surveillance system will capture the action of each motorist.

“You will be getting your tickets in your mail each time you disobey the laws of the land. Even if you are not stopped by police personnel, you will have nowhere to hide,” said McKenzie.

Last year, Audley Shaw, minister of transport and works, announced the implementation of the electronic, or e-ticketing, system which is to be implemented under the new Road Traffic Act.

The surveillance system will allow for remote detection of offences, and ticketing, using cameras and other electronic devices, which are expected to capture traffic offenders who speed, disobey traffic signals, and operate vehicles not licensed, insured, or certified as fit.

Where traffic offences are detected, the owner of the vehicle will be ticketed via the mail.

“There is always limitation with resources. And while we always wish we had more personnel ... we are confident that the input of technology will help us,” noted McKenzie.

The issue of spaces for public passenger vehicles to terminate in the metropolitan area and Montego Bay, St James, continues to be a major concern for the police, who are hoping that the local authority in both cities will find a solution soon.

“I know that the matter is a major concern and is a subject of ongoing discussions, but we are hoping that those plans can be a reality far quicker, to make the work of the police much easier,” added McKenzie.

The police have charged the ex-boyfriend of the mother of nine-year-old schoolgirl Nikita Noel who was killed outside her home in Kew district, Lucea, Hanover.

Thursday, 09 March 2023 12:06

‘Slickianna’ murder accused further remanded

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Rushawn Patterson, the man who is charged with the murder of popular social media influencer Aneka "Slickianna" Townsend has been further remanded.

Livingston Caine, the juror accused of offering $500,000 to the foreman to influence other jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the murder trial against dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at hard labour.

An American woman who was busted with three ounces of ganja on arrival in Jamaica reportedly told police at the Sangster International Airport that she brought the weed into the island to show her friends that marijuana grown in the United States is of higher quality.

Matthew Hyde, the University of the West Indies (UWI) student who was charged after he allegedly held his ex-girlfriend captive while he tortured her with a clothing iron for three days, has been further remanded until March 17.

Thursday, 09 March 2023 11:31

Mechanic pleads guilty to killing Khanice Jackson

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Robert Fowler, the man accused of the murder of 20-year-old Portmore resident Khanice Jackson two years ago, pleaded guilty to the charge and is to be sentenced on April 27.

Thursday, 09 March 2023 11:28

Teachers again reject Govt's wage offer

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Delegates of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) have again voted to reject the Government's latest wage offer under the new compensation review.