#OperationLockdown: Port Elizabeth police fight running battles with Northern Areas criminals

AUGUST 19, 2016

Port Elizabeth on Friday said that despite a number of attacks on police officers by some community members in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas, they remain vigilant and focussed on the execution of Operation Lockdown, which was launched early this year to curb crime - particularly gang violence in Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale.

To date, a total of 71 firearms were confiscated in these areas and arrests were effected on a daily basis.

"On Thursday, five people were arrested in the Gelvandale policing precinct for serious crimes. Three suspects were arrested for dealing/possession of drugs after police executed search warrants at their houses and three firearms were confiscated in separate incidents," the police said.

"At about 15:00, while patrolling, members were alerted to a shooting in Kobus Street.

"On, immediately, responding to the information, members of the Visible Gang Intervention Team spotted the suspect running away and chased after him."

The suspect (37 years) ran into a shop and threw a firearm behind the counter before fleeing once again.

"He was arrested in a yard in Kobus Street. A 7.65 pistol with ammunition was confiscated. While executing the arrest, police members were stoned by the community," police said.

"About the same time, while police were patrolling in Bethelsdorp, they heard the sound of gunfire and immediately proceeded in the direction of the shooting.

"A suspect was seen running away in Kleinskool with a firearm in his hands. While fleeing from pursuing police, the suspect dropped a revolver and managed to escape."

The police said another suspect was also arrested during the early hours of Friday morning in Stag Street in Gelvandale with a .22 rifle in his possession.

"While conducting random stop and searches in the area, police spotted the suspicious looking man who immediately started to run when he saw them. He was arrested in a yard in Stag Street," police said.

"It was established that the firearm was stolen in the Uitenhage area.

"A total of 105 rolls of dagga and 54 tik packets were also handed in as exhibits."

The Acting Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Brigadier Ernie Neveling, congratulated the team on the outstanding successes and sent out a stern warning to those, who attack our members and police vehicles that such actions are unacceptable and will not tolerated.