Firearms taken out the hands of criminals, Port Elizabeth

South African Police Service

Firearms taken out the hands of criminals, Port Elizabeth
Firearms taken out the hands of criminals, Port Elizabeth

The correct deployment of members in hotspot areas and focus on serious crimes is bound to produce positive results. In the last 24 hours, Mount Road policing cluster and the Operational Command Centre members succeeded in confiscating two firearms and ammunition as well as a toy gun.

On Friday, 16 March 2018, at about 18:15 members from the Cluster Crime Combating Task Team (CCCTT) and Tactical Response Team (TRT) responded to a shotspotter activation in Helenvale. Due to their immediate response a suspect was seen running from Voissen Street into Kobus Road.

A foot chase ensued and the suspect ran through the front door of a house and out the back. Members lost sight of him however as he ran he dropped the firearm in the yard. A 9mm pistol was recovered.

Another firearm was taken out of the hands of criminals when SAPS Kabega Park members were patrolling an area known as Lusaka when they arrested a suspect and seized a pistol. It is alleged that at about 15:20 members were visiting taverns and spaza shops in their area when they noticed two suspicious males standing near the braai area at a tavern.

On seeing the police, one of the males threw something behind the door of the tavern. The men were approached and searched. A 9mm firearm was recovered from behind the door and the suspect arrested and detained on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

In another incident, a suspect was arrested in Walmer location as members were also concentrating their duties at taverns in their area. While doing stop and searches in Phelakulu Street, one person was arrested for illegal possession of ammunition.

It is a fact that firearms are used to commit serious and violent crimes and the deprivation of these weapons from the hands of criminals will contribute in the reduction of serious crimes.

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