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Police in hunt for stolen beach

Police in Jamaica are investigating the puzzling theft of a beach on the island's north coast.
An estimated 500 truck-loads of sand have been removed outside a planned resort at Coral Spring beach, reports the BBC.

Detectives say rivals in the tourism sector could be suspects, because a good beach is a valuable asset to hotels on the Caribbean island.
The beach at Coral Springs, in Jamaica's northern parish of Trelawny, was 1,300ft of white sand. The theft of its most important feature has led to its developers putting their plans on hold.

Three months on, and with no arrests or charges in the case, the main opposition People's National Party have suggested that some people now think there has been a cover up.
But the deputy commissioner for crime at the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Mark Shields, insisted this was not an open-and-shut case.

"It's a very complex investigation because it involves so many aspects," he told the BBC.

"You've got the receivers of the stolen sand, or what we believe to be the sand. The trucks themselves, the organisers and, of course, there is some suspicion that some police were in collusion with the movers of the sand."
Police said they were carrying out forensic tests on beaches along the coast to see if any of it matches the stolen sand.
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