As the authorities try to find a solution to the crime wave, latest statistics show that almost 900 people have been murdered in Jamaica since the start of the year.

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Over the past several months the Police High Command has been grappling with a flare-up of gang violence in St. James, St. Catherine, Clarendon and the Corporate Area.

Scores of persons have been killed over the period, including women and children.

Crime data obtained by RJR News shows that between January 1 and the end of last month 872 persons were murdered across the island.

This is 157 more or a 22 per cent increase over last year’s figure for the corresponding period.

There were 140 murders in July.

This followed the month of June which recorded 157 murders and May which registered 138.

The data showed that the last three months have been the bloodiest with nearly half of the murders occurring during the period.

St James had the most murders – 176 murders recorded at the end of July.

Another troubled parish is Westmoreland which has recorded 82 murders, followed by Clarendon with 80, St. Catherine North 75; St. Catherine South 72 and St. Andrew South 72.

Hanover has registered 40 murders and East Kingston, which is now the scene of a bloody gang violence, 28 murders at the end of last month.

Another trouble spot, West Kingston, has recorded 60 murders since January.