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Dyke Road de-bushing under way

A major de-bushing exercise is under way along the Dyke Road in Portmore, St. Catherine in response to the appeal from the St. Catherine South Police for the clearing of the thoroughfare, which was being used as a base for criminals.

The project is being carried out by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).

There is a strong security presence.

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, Information Minister Robert Morgan and other political representatives are observing the activities.

Mr. McKenzie said he is disappointed that it took an appeal from the police for the area to be cleaned.

The work is being done as part of the National All Island Clean-up programme.

Mr. McKenzie said he hopes the work will improve the visibility in the area so that people who traverse the road "will feel a bit more safe". 

During this phase of the project, the work, which started at Ackee Village, will continue to the train line on the Dyke Road.

Last week, Senior Superintendent Christopher Phillips, Commanding Officer for the St. Catherine South Police, disclosed that criminals had been using a bushy area along the Dyke Road as a base to launch attacks on residents in Gregory Park.

The disclosure came after the firebombing of several houses in Gregory Park led the police to the seizure of six guns in bushes along the thoroughfare.

SSP Phillips said items of clothing, mosquito repellant and empty liquor bottles were found at the scene.