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Mayor of Falmouth, Councillor Colin Gager, has implored the nation to protect the children, who represent the future of the country.
He pointed out that as a nation, “we have fallen short in many respects to safeguard the legacy of our ancestors.”
The Mayor cited statistics and stories of several young persons who have fallen victims to crimes, since the start of the year. These crimes, he said, are being committed by “a handful of heartless monsters, who are preying on our young children.” The Mayor stressed that this must stop now.
Councillor Gager was bringing greetings at the Heritage Week Thanksgiving Service, held at the Glorious Light Apostolic Temple, in Stewart Town, Trelawny, on October 19.
The Mayor said that the full co-operation of all political parties, the private sector and most importantly, the general public, is needed to put a stop to the criminal acts against children. He blamed some members of the public for concealing information about criminal activities, because some relatives of theirs are involved.
“Your action and non-action smacks of cowardice and sometimes a state of desperation. The blood money and the ill gotten gains are all you are concerned about,” he said.
The Mayor appealed to persons with information on illegal activities to pass on the information to the police, and not to wait until their daughter, son or a close relative becomes the next victim.
Also in attendance at the service were Prime Minister Bruce Golding; Custos of Trelawny, Hon. Royland Barrett; Deputy Speaker of the House and Member of Parliament for South Trelawny, Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert; Member of Parliament for North Trelawny, Dr. Patrick Harris and Superintendent of Police in charge of Trelawny, Linnett Williams-Martin.