Police after clubs

2015-06-16 06:01

The Woodstock police and other law enforcement agencies conducted various raids in Observatory to crack down on hotspots in the area.

The raids continued from Monday to Saturday last week.

Monday’s operation was focused on the undocumented people staying illegally on the railway property situated in Railway and Beach roads, Woodstock. The operation saw 75 people being arrested for trespassing and various other offences.

Another leg of the operation continued on Saturday to address problematic clubs in the area. During the execution of compliance visits to clubs in Observatory, one club in Main Road was closed after the police confiscated dagga in the club during the raid.

This club has been under the spotlight before for illegal activities taking place on the premises.

A member from the Western Cape Liquor Authority also participated in the raid and helped with confiscations at the club.

A club in Trill Road was served with a compliance notice as no manager was present at the time of visiting the club.

The crime prevention unit made various arrests for possession of dagga and drugs on previous occasions.

The police station is in the process to submit a complete report to the Western Cape Liquor Authority in its aim of closing the place down permanently and to get the building’s licence revoked.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Hilton Malila says this is a warning to those who continue to break the law and turn a deaf ear to their warnings.

“As the police we are very serious where liquor transgressions are concerned and will impose harsh punishment whenever we visit your liquor outlet. We want to encourage the community to keep on sending the liquor outlet complaints to the station as we use the information against any club owner during a hearing at the liquor board,” he says

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