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Over 140 arrested in Uitenhage weekend anti-crime operations

MARCH 6, 2017
Over 140 arrested in Uitenhage weekend anti-crime operations

Several successful operations were conducted over the past weekend and it resulted in the arrest of a total of 142 suspects for various crimes in the Uitenhage Cluster.

"These arrests includes murder, rape, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, theft out of motor vehicles, housebreaking and theft, theft and the possession of suspected stolen goods. Ten (10) persons were arrested for driving under the influence of liquor over the past weekend," said police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart. 

"A multi-disciplinary roadblock was conducted on Friday, 3 March 2017 on the R335, outside Addo and a total of 201 vehicles were stopped and searched.

"A total of 24 fines were issued to the value of R15 100 during the course of the roadblock.  A 29-year-old male suspect was also arrested for being in possession of 12 packets of tik. 

"The suspect was arrested on the spot and detained on a charge of illegal possession of drugs, with an estimated value of R3 888.  He was due to appear in the Addo Magistrate’s Court on Monday."

Captain Swart said that a total of 21 traffic fines were also issued, valued at more than R10 500, during the past weekend. 

Four suspects were also detained on charges relating to the illegal possession of two 9mm firearms and ammunition, yesterday, Sunday, 5 March 2017 in Uitenhage. 

"The foursome are due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on these charges.  Other suspects were arrested on charges relating to malicious damage to property, contravention of  protection orders and 15 suspects were detained for the illegal possession of drugs," she said. 

"The reduction of crime in the Uitenhage Cluster will remain a priority for all the police members in this cluster and they will continue with their efforts to combat crime effectively in the Uitenhage Cluster. 

"The South African Police Service appeal to the community to work with the SAPS 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."

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