Unlicensed firearm, ammunition seized after tip-off

2017-05-04 06:00
 Photo: andile sitholeVerulam SAPS Crime Prevention members (from left) Sergeant Padayachee, Constable Pillay, Constable Pitchigadoo and Constable Damane with the unlicensed firearm and ammunition recovered in Trenance Park.

Photo: andile sitholeVerulam SAPS Crime Prevention members (from left) Sergeant Padayachee, Constable Pillay, Constable Pitchigadoo and Constable Damane with the unlicensed firearm and ammunition recovered in Trenance Park.

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THE members of the Verulam Crime Prevention are optimistic that building a strong partnership with community structures and the public in the fight against crime pays off.
This comes after a man was arrested at his home in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition in Trenance Park, Verulam on April 21.

The arrest was made after the police received a tip-off from a member of the public, who said the man had the unlicensed firearm.

Verulam SAPS spokesperson Captain Mark Prakasim told Coastal Weekly that the police were patrolling in the area when the tip-off was received.

Captain Prakasim said: “The police proceeded to the suspect’s house in Trenance Park. When they arrived they knocked at the door, but the suspect did not want to open it.
“The police forced the door open and found the suspect holding the firearm. The police disarmed the suspect and took the firearm and ammunition.
“The suspect was arrested and brought to the Verulam police station. He has appeared in Verulam Magistrate’s Court for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.”

Captain Prakasim commended the members for their swift reaction in arresting the suspect and asked the community to work with the police in the fight against crime to root out criminal activities in Verulam and surrounds.

Chairperson of the Community Policing Forum Duncan Dube told Weekly that the partnership between the police and the public has yielded positive results.

Dube said: “In our CPF meetings we always encourage the public to work with the police and report any criminal activities.”

Dube thanked residents who volunteer to work with the police in fight against crime.
“On behalf of the CPF, we thank the resident who alerted the police about the suspect who was in possession of an unlicensed firearm.
“This was very exemplary for the member of the public to being proactive. It is our wish as the CPF that the public not take the law into their own hands, they must rather report to the police all illegal activities in their area. In that vein we will win the fight against crime.

“Our latest reports indicate there has been a great achievement in building partnership between the police and the residents. Last month another resident alerted the police about a man who was in possession of an unlicensed firearm. We need to promote and instil a culture of being proactive in the community.”

 

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