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We are not asleep - Old Harbour police

Published:Friday | June 14, 2013
Phillip Reynolds, caretaker at a goat farm in St Catherine who was tied up by gunmen as they slaughtered more than 30 sheep and goats early Wednesday morning. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer

The Old Harbour Police are assuring residents of Nightingale Grove Farms community they are not asleep on the job.

Sub-officer in charge of the Old Harbour police, Inspector Machel Panton was responding to concerns raised by residents after a farmer lost approximately J$2 million in livestock between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. It was the latest in a series of robberies stretching back to last year they say.

"The police continuously patrol the area," he said. "So we know the concerns." Residents say the police are too reactive rather than proactive. But Panton hoped to change that perception.

"What we will do is increase the patrols to see how best we can solve or prevent some of these crimes from happening," he said. But that is little comfort to Wadeton Reynolds, the latest affected farmer.

"Right now, mi just feel dem a go come back," he said. "Nobody round here can't keep animal again." He said the thieves are selling the sheep as goat meat, because the meats look similar. He suspects the buyers are 'big name people' as small cook shop owners don't have the storage capacity or equipment to handle all that meat. His neighbour Bill Waite shares Reynolds' pain. In October, he lost over 20 sheep from his farm.