Law enforcement takes charge in CBD crime hotspot

2018-05-30 06:01
Officers of various law enforcement agencies, leaving no stone unturned during a joint clampdown on criminal activity in the Kimberley Central Business District.Photo: Supplied

Officers of various law enforcement agencies, leaving no stone unturned during a joint clampdown on criminal activity in the Kimberley Central Business District.Photo: Supplied

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The Craven Taxi Rank and Flea Market was cordoned off, more than 400 people searched, and dealers in second-hand goods were inspected for compliance on Thursday (24/05).

Members of the Frances Baard Police Cluster, in a joint operation with officials of Correctional Services, law enforcement officers of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, officers of Home Affairs and the crime intelligence unit, clamped down on criminal activity in the Kimberley Central Business District (CBD).

Capt. Olebogeng Tawana, police spokesperson, said the Craven Taxi Rank and Flea Market in Stockdale Street had been identified as one of the hotspots in which criminal activity was rife.

The focus of the operation was to search for wanted suspects, illegal firearms, undocumented persons and stolen goods, as well as do compliance inspection on dealers in second-hand goods and curb the illicit drug trade.

Tawana revealed that six cellphones, which are suspected to have been stolen, as well as a carton of illicit cigarettes, had been confis­cated during the operation.

“High visibility of law enforcement agencies in the Kimberley CBD brought a sense of hope to the patrons, and on the other hand the space in which the criminals were operating was squeezed, as we were all over the CBD,” said Tawana.

Eight undocumented persons were arrested and charged in accordance with the Immigration Act, and briefly appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court. They are expected to reappear soon.

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