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Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:00 AM

Suspected serial housebreaker nabbed

A St Mary man believed to have broken into at least two houses has been nabbed by the Manchester Police.

The man, 30-year-old George Hamilton, has been charged with housebreaking and larceny in relation to two separate incidents in the parish in January and February.

In the first incident in Rosedale, Manchester, Hamilton allegedly broke into a woman’s house and stole valuables valued at approximately $100,000.

He then allegedly broke into a businessplace on Caledonia Road in Mandeville in the parish and stole a projector.

He was nabbed in an operation at a house in Manchester on Sunday, November 22.

His court date is being finalised.



55 rounds of ammo found on Mountain View Ave

The security forces on Monday recovered 55 rounds of ammunition during an operation at a premises on Mountain View Avenue in Kingston.

According to the security forces, sixteen .45 rounds, and thirty-nine .22mm rounds were recovered in two-hour operation, which began about 2 p.m.

One man was detained for questioning as a result of the find, but no one has been arrested.

Investigations continue.



No fees for voter ID card renewal

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has said that the Voter ID card renewal process is free of cost and will continue into next year.

All current voter ID cards will be valid until December 2020 and electors who have not yet renewed their ID cards may do so in the new year, while continuing to use the current ID card.

Director of Elections Glasspole Brown says there is no cut-off date at this time for the renewal of voter ID cards.

“While we encourage electors with ID cards issued in 2015 and before to come into our offices for the renewal exercise, there is no immediate deadline to renew the card. Additionally, the EOJ will not ask any elector to pay any fee for the renewal of the ID card,” he said.



Dominica Opposition leader seeks police protection

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):

The main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has said it has written to Police Commissioner Daniel Carbon seeking police protection for Opposition Leader Lennox Linton based “on credible threats” made against him and his family.

The party did not indicate where the threats were made but noted that they wanted the police to provide the protection for Linton.

In a national radio and television broadcast on Monday night, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit accused the UWP and its leadership of fermenting violence in the run-up to the December 6 general election after supporters burnt tyres and debris in the north east village of Marigot earlier during the day.

But Linton told reporters that the people of Marigot, who he represented in the last Parliament, “are standing up for issues of justice that need to be addressed."