2015-05-26 06:00

Army members stand on the corner of Edward and Hector Avenues while the Ottery area was in lockdown on Friday. 

Chevon Booysen

Army members stand on the corner of Edward and Hector Avenues while the Ottery area was in lockdown on Friday. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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“The CPF thanks the police, army and all security agencies for heeding the call of the community. We would like to see these kinds of operations repeated. We recognise that it will take some time before the scourge of gangsterism and drugs are eradicated from our areas but we are grateful for all efforts by the security establishment.”

The CPF has called on the community to be alert and report guns and drug hiding places to the authorities.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Wynita Kleinsmith says 16 successful arrests were made during Friday’s operation. The arrests are related to the illegal possession of drugs, especially tik, and ammunition.

During the operation a firearm was also found abandoned.

“At about 05:00 a docket of negligent loss of firearm was opened against the lawful owner of a firearm after a Rossi .38 special was found abandoned in the garden of Weltevrede Court. It was found with five live rounds,” Kleinsmith says.

The case is under investigation as the owner has not reported the firearm as stolen.

During the operation a number of other items were also found abandoned.

This includes six 9mm rounds found in front of Bloemhof Court, an undisclosed amount of cash found at Weltevrede Court and one black airgun with no serial number found at Oxford Court.

Station commander Colonel Shawn van Wyk says the police will continue clamping down on crime and its perpetrators. He commends his members on a job well done.

“The police will maintain their zero-tolerance approach in the combatting and investigation of crime,” he says.

When the lockdown finished just after 09:00 on Friday, residents were heard cheering in support of the operation as the law enforcement agencies left the area.V

Anyone with information on suspected criminal activities can call the police on 021 700 3940 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.


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