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Teen arrested with firearm in Bethelsdorp

Oct 17, 2017
Teen arrested with firearm in Bethelsdorp

Police in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday said that the continuous eradication of firearms is paramount in order to ensure the safety of all citizens in the Northern Areas.

This after Bethelsdorp officers on Monday afternoon responded to information received from their Station Operational Command Centre (SOCC) Commander about a suspect in possession of a firearm.

"Information was immediately followed up and a 19-year-old man was arrested and found in possession of block 17 Astra firearm," described police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"The firearm was found tucked in his pants."

The man is expected in court on Tuesday.

"In another incident on the same day, the Visible Gang Intervention Team and Gelvandale members were patrolling the Helenvale area when, at about 18:00, they heard the sound of gunfire," she added. 

"A suspect was spotted pointing a firearm in Kobus Road and he also fired a shot."

Colonel Naidu members chased after the suspect who while running discarded the firearm in the church yard.

"The suspect (20) was arrested and the firearm recovered."