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171 arrested on various charges in Uitenhage weekend anti-crime operations

MARCH 27, 2017
171 arrested on various charges in Uitenhage weekend anti-crime operations

Several anti-crime operations that were conducted by Uitenhage police over the weekend resulted in the arrest of a total of 171 suspects for various crimes.

"These arrests included rape, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, theft out of motor vehicle, housebreaking and theft, theft and the possession of suspected stolen goods," said police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart.

"Fifteen persons were arrested for driving under the influence of liquor over the past weekend. A total of 29 persons were apprehended for possession of drugs."

Captain Swart said that a multi-disciplinary roadblock was conducted on Friday, on the R75, outside Kirkwood and a total of 144 vehicles were stopped and searched.

"A total of 13 fines were issued to the value of R6 850 during the course of the roadblock," she said.

"A total of 32 traffic fines were also issued, valued at more than R16 000, over the past weekend. The suspects were also arrested on charges relating to malicious damage to property and contravention of protection orders."

The acting Uitenhage Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ronald Koll, commended officers saying that: “It is encouraging to see that our colleagues still continue to give 100% effort in their work. 

"Many police officials sacrifice their time by working after hours in dangerous conditions to combat crime and to protect the members of the public and their property. The number of arrests and successful police operations in this area has increased, which shows that most police officials are indeed dedicated to their profession.” 

The South African Police Service is appealing to the community to work with them in reducing crime by providing valuable information that will lead to the arrest of suspects, the tracing of illegal firearms and the recovery of stolen property. 

"Let us share information and support each other in the fight against crime. Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211," said Captain Swart.