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14-year-old among suspects busted with illegal firearms in Bethelsdorp

Mar 1, 2019
14-year-old among suspects busted with illegal firearms in Bethelsdorp

Police in Port Elizabeth continue to make inroads in recovering illegal firearms and arresting suspects.

"Two firearms and two suspects were arrested in separate incidents on Thursday in Bethelsdorp," said police police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

In the first incident, Bethelsdorp Task Team members were patrolling in Sweden Street in Timothy Valley when they spotted two suspected gang members walking in the street.

"Both males were searched and a black revolver and ammunition was found in the pants pocket of the 19-year-old teenager," she said.

"He was arrested and detained on a charge of prohibited possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition."

Col Naidu said that in another unrelated incident, at about 13:50, while members of the Mount Road Operational Command Centre (OCC) were busy with stop and searches in Burke Street, they noticed a male running.

14-year-old arrested with illegal firearm

"It is alleged that as he ran, he tossed a .38 revolver into a yard. The 14-year-old teenager was later arrested and detained at a juvenile facility," she said.

"A case of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and possession of stolen firearm was opened."

The firearm was reported stolen in Beacon Bay in December 2018.

"The latest arrests and confiscations brings the total number of firearms recovered to 10 with 8 arrests within a week from the Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale areas."

Both suspects will appear in court soon.

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