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Jamaica in the 1970s was a nation in turmoil. The economy was in decline, gangs roamed the streets at the behest of politicians and the murder rate soared. The song "Police and Thieves" caught the mood perfectly; sung by Junior Murvin and produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry, it was certainly Murvin's finest moment, and arguably Perry's, too. It was a bigger hit in the UK than in Jamaica when it was released in 1976, and its standing as an unofficial theme song of the Notting Hill Carnival – which was also plagued by violence in the late '70s – was helped by the Clash's spiky cover version the following year.

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Lightning Usain Bolt sends reminder of supremacy

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Jamaica unveils its secret weapon for the Olympics

Prince Harry showed he has inherited his father's gift for looking awkward on foreign trips when he tried to imitate Usain Bolt's victory celebrations during a visit to Jamaica yesterday.

Prince Harry outsprints Usain Bolt

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