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Illegal firearms recovered in Port Elizabeth

Oct 1, 2018
Illegal firearms recovered in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth police say the seizure of illegal firearms in the Northern areas is of paramount importance as these weapons are used by gang members to commit serious and violent crimes.

"On Sunday, the Bethelsdorp Task Team members arrested two suspects and recovered two firearms in separate incidents," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"At about 09:20, on Sunday morning, the members were patrolling in William Slammert Drive in Bloemendal when they saw three males walking.

"When they noticed the police, one male looked around and started walking in another direction."

She said that members then chased after this male and succeeded in apprehending him in a church yard.

Illegal firearm recovered in church yard

 

"The immediate vicinity was searched and a .38 revolver was found lying next to where he was arrested."

Col Naidu said that a 25-year-old suspect was arrested and detained on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm.

"At about 12:15, the members were patrolling in Kwanoxolo when they spotted a known gang member.

"As he saw the police vehicle, he started running," she said.

"A foot chase ensued and he was found hiding in a house. The house was searched and a 9mm firearm was found in the room."

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

"Both suspects will appear in the Port Elizabeth magistrates;’ court soon."

The Cluster Commander for Mount Road, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, commended the members for their alertness and swift reaction to suspicious behaviour of persons.

"We will continue in our targeted approach to policing in our efforts to arrest these criminals who are committing crimes with firearms," added Maj Gen Patekile.

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