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Pan against crime launched in Chateau

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Residents of Chateaubelair and the surrounding areas were treated to some serious talk and sweet music when the Pan Against Crime programme had its first rural launch at the Sharpes playing field last Sunday.{{more}}

After brief remarks from divisional commander for the police district Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Horace Williams, the police band opened up with Culture’s “Jah Rastafari”. Corporal Vaughn Miller, who hails from Chateaubelair, mesmerized the crowd with strong vocals, even improvising at times with lyrics like “Police gonna kick down criminals doors. Prepare ye the way for Jah people”.

While delivering the feature address, area representative Dr Jerrol Thompson made reference to a series of yacht robberies that occurred in the area over the Christmas holidays. He also related a story that was posted on a website warning yachting folks about the possibility of being robbed if they anchor at Chateaubelair.

Thompson made a passionate plea to the perpetuators to desist from their cruel acts. “You are destroying an already fragile industry”, he said. Thompson also implored the audience to give information to the police to help in the speedy solving of crimes.

Also addressing the crowd were Kesslon Wilson, representing the Youlou Pan Movement, Lenroy Brewster, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Eli Francis, Director of Social Services and Pastor Carlton Edwards, who gave the Exhortation.

Between speeches there were performances from various schools from the area, along with the Troumaca Secondary School Steel Band, the Rose Hall Drummers and Elite Steel orchestra.

The police band was given the job of closing the event, and once again Corporal Miller had the crowd under his spell with conscious reggae vibes, including several hits from Lucky Dube among other artistes. (AC)

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