British tourists told to stay in resorts in Jamaican security alert

British tourists told to stay in resorts in Jamaican security alert

The warnings were issued in response to the spate of killings in St James and the state of public emergency imposed in the parish by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

"UK tourists are now quite rightly concerned about outbreaks of violence and those due to fly out in the coming days are now trying to cancel their trips over safety fears".

British and Canadian authorities are warning their nationals visiting Jamaica's Montego Bay to limit their movements following a state of emergency over violence and shootings in the tourist hotspot.

About 200,000 British tourists holiday in the Montego Bay area every year.

It advised: "You should exercise caution if you are in the area".

The UK advisory said for excursions outside hotels, these should be undertaken with organised tour operators, and transportation should be arranged or provided by the hotels.

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Under the state of emergency, security forces will have "extraordinary powers and some rights will be suspended".

Jamaica Constabulary's force police commissioner, George Quallo, told the Jamaica Information Service 335 murders were recorded in St James Parish in 2017, nearly twice as many as the other parishes.

Four attackers with AK 47s riddled the vehicle with shots killing the driver with a head shot and injuring the other two passengers. Miraculously, the child was unhurt.

Canada Travel said in a warning advisory there have been reports of alleged sexual assaults at tourist resorts. The state of emergency allows law enforcement to search businesses and recreational areas that are under a temporary curfew without a warrant.

It warns sun seekers to avoid travelling to the area, citing "an extreme risk to your personal safety and security", and to remain within the resort compounds if you're already there.

The country - which still has the death penalty - has been plagued by high rates of murder and violence.

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