Reaction Unit SA crime report

2017-12-14 06:00

FIRE DESTROYS HOME: VERULAM

A FAMILY has lost all their possessions after a fire completely destroyed their home in Trenance Park on Friday, November 24.

At approximately 8.30am members of Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) responded to the fire on Camelthorn Place. Upon arrival officers found several neighbours attempting to extinguish the blaze. The fire was eventually controlled. The eThekwini Fire Department responded swiftly to assist. The inside of the home was completely destroyed.

According to the two occupants, the fire started in the bedroom and quickly spread throughout the home. Paramedics treated a 19-year-old female for smoke inhalation and a 24-year-old male was treated for minor burns to his hands. The cause of the fire has not been established.

MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION: VERULAM

At approximately 4.47am on November 24 members of Rusa were dispatched to Umdloti Beach Roadafter receiving reports of a motor vehicle collision.

Upon arrival a Kia Picanto was found lying on its roof. It was established that the Piacanto and a Kia Rio were travelling in opposite directions when they collided into each other. The Kia Picanto­ then overturned.

The occupants of both vehicles were not injured.

HOUSE BREAK-IN: TONGAAT

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to a home on Flame Road in Tongaat on Sunday, November 26, after receiving reports of a house break-in.

Upon arrival it was established that the homeowner had returned from his holiday on the South Coast and discovered that his house had been broken into. Reaction officers entered the home and found that all the rooms were ransacked.

Several household items, overalls, a work bag and a set of keys had been stolen.

Decomposing body recovered: Tongaat

A decomposing body was discovered in an open field bordering a train line on Truro Road in Trurolands, Tongaat last Wednesday.

At approximately 9.26am Reaction Unit South Africa received a call from a member of public reporting a pungent smell emanating from a nearby bush. A reaction officer was dispatched to the location and upon arrival searched the area and found the body of a black male lying face down. The body was in a severe state of decomposition and unidentifiable.

The deceased was dressed in black tracksuit pants and a red T-shirt. He was barefoot, however, sandals were found in a packet a few metres away. Due to the extent of the decomposition it could not be established if the deceased was murdered or died of natural causes.

The SAPS is investigating further.

21-YEAR-OLD KILLED BY TAXI: OAKFORD

A 21-year-old female was killed by a taxi on Oakford Road in Verulam on Friday.

At approximately 2.24pm paramedics from Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to the scene after a taxi passenger called for medical assistance. Upon arrival on scene, officers found the EMRS ambulance in attendance. According to a pedestrian, a group of farm labourers were crossing the road when a passing taxi ran into the female. She was killed instantly. The female’s colleagues then hastily broke branches and placed it near her body to prevent speeding motorists from driving over her. Seven passengers in the taxi suffered minor injuries.

The taxi, a brown-and-white Toyota Hiace stopped approximately 120 metres from the point of impact.

Shopper stabbed: Verulam

A 23-year-old man was stabbed during an argument over a missing USB storage device at an electronics business in Moss Street in the CBD on Friday.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to the scene after receiving several calls from onlookers reporting the incident.

Upon arrival reaction officers found the man bleeding profusely from a stab wound to his forehead.

It was established that he had purchased an amplifier valued at R300 from the salesman. He then left the store and continued with his shopping in the CBD. As he walked past the shop towards the taxi rank he was confronted by the salesman who claimed he had stolen a USB device that was plugged into the amplifier during a demonstration that was conducted during the sale.

Both the salesman and the victim began arguing when a fist fight broke out. The salesman then drew an Okapi pocket knife and stabbed the customer in the forehead. A large crowd gathered outside the business and threatened to assault the suspect. The knife used in the stabbing was recovered.

The suspect was restrained and handed over to police.

House Break - In : Verulam

A approximately 10.14pm last Sunday members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to Ivy Street in Southridge after receiving a call from a homeowner reporting a break-in at his residence.

Upon arrival reaction officers found that forced entry was gained via the back door.

The entire house was ransacked. Three Plasma TVs, a laptop, Sony PlayStation 3, clothing and a large quantity of gold jewellery were stolen.The South African Police Service is investigating further. For more updates join Facebook Page: Reaction Unit South Africa

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