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Standoff at property on Waterloo Road as dispute over ownership escalates

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 11:54 AM
Dwight Moore (far left) stands beside a Mitsubishi SUV that blocked the path of a wrecker as it attempted to remove a black BMW X6 from a property located at 1 Waterloo Road in St Andrew this morning.

Romario Scott, Gleaner Writer

There was a major standoff at a property located at the intersection of Waterloo Road and Hope Road in St Andrew this morning as a dispute over ownership escalates.

From as early as 5:30 a.m. wreckers attempted to remove about 17 vehicles parked on the property, which is an empty lot situated across from Devon House.

The Gleaner understands that the instruction to remove the vehicles were given by prominent businessman Richard Lake, who is one of the parties claiming ownership of the land.

When our news team arrived at the location, armed police personnel and security guards were seen supervising the removal of the vehicles.

However, Dwight Moore, who is the other party claiming ownership of the property, was on the scene attempting to block the removal of the vehicles.

Moore used his vehicle in an attempt to prevent one of the wreckers from removing a BMW X6.

Lake, who is a director of CRL, is contending that the property at 1 Waterloo Road was bought in a public auction for $190 million in January.

However, he claimed that the original owners have been preventing him from taking control of the property since.

The businessman said he had written to Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson in May seeking his intervention in the matter.

The other party in the matter has so far been silent.