From ‘red’ to hot zone

2016-11-08 06:00
Escalating gang violence in Hanover Park has resulted in the area being declared a red zone by emergency services after one of their vehicles was damaged while working in the area. Police confirm they are investigating one attempted murder case and one death occurred since last weekend.  PHOTO for illustration: Chevon booysen

Escalating gang violence in Hanover Park has resulted in the area being declared a red zone by emergency services after one of their vehicles was damaged while working in the area. Police confirm they are investigating one attempted murder case and one death occurred since last weekend. PHOTO for illustration: Chevon booysen

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Gang violence in Hanover Park has subsided considerably since last week when the area was considered a “red zone”.

Hanover Park has been gripped by gang violence since last weekend when gang and gun violence erupted despite police and law enforcement crime prevention operations.

The area had been declared a red zone early last week by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

This was after one of its vehicles was damaged while doing work in Hanover Park on Monday 31 October. EMS spokesperson Robert Daniels says the matter is now under control.

“One person was shot and this was a hazard, therefore it was declared a red zone. However, the situation has since changed and we do not require to be escorted into the community by police anymore. We never stopped going into the area,” Daniels says.

Asked to confirm the incident, Goliath says the police are “investigating a case of attempted murder”.

“Members of the Department of Health went to certify a dead body in Galway Court, Hanover Park when they heard shots being fired. On inspection of their vehicle they noticed damaged to the vehicle. Nobody was injured. No cartridges were found on the scene,” he says.

Philippi police spokesperson Captain Lance Goliath says police did not declare the area a red zone. He says ten shooting incidents were reported to the police since the weekend of Friday 28 October.

“One fatality is currently under investigation,” he says. “One arrest has been made so far and the suspect has subsequently appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder.”

“Our crime-generating areas are from Hanover Park Avenue down to Jakes Gerwel Drive and between Blomvlei Road and Downberg Road, Hanover Park,” Goliath says.

Police have not confirmed which gangs are currently keeping the community in the midst of gang violence.

“Police identified the crime-generating areas and deployments are done accordingly. More forces are deployed in the surrounding areas. Imbizos are held with the community,” Goliath says.

V Information on crime can be given to Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the local police on 021 690 1504.

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