Locals stone cops, passing cars

2016-03-08 06:00

When members of the police’s Operation Combat were about to leave the scene of an arrest in Lavender Hill last week they were attacked by members of the public and gang members.

The members arrested a 16-year-old in Eltister Road last Wednesday at about 19:20 for the possession of two mandrax half tablets. The mandrax had been found in a roll of bank notes to the value of R880.

The police members were stoned by the angry crowd. The area is known as a Fast Guns gang area.

The crowd started to burn tyres and threw stones at all cars that passed them in Prince George Drive, as well as at the police vehicles.

Later the crowd gathered on the corner of Prince George Drive and Hek Street.

Shots were allegedly fired from within the crowd. Police members fired warning shots in the sand next to them to disperse the crowd and to protect themselves and their property.

Two of the Operation Combat vehicles were damaged; one on the right rear wheel. The other got dents on the driver’s door.

Members of the traffic department and Metro Police cordoned off the streets at the corner of Prince George Drive and Hek Street, the corner of Joe Marks Boulevard and Sonata Street, the corner of 5th Avenue and Prince George Drive in the direction of Lavender Hill and the corner of Prince George Drive and Military Road in the direction of Wynberg.

Warrant Officer John Bartlett, spokesperson of Steenberg police, says no arrests have been made.

“Police have opened a case of public violence and malicious damage to property for investigation. The motive for the incident sparked from the arrest of the minor suspect.

“The police were assisted by Metro Police and the traffic department. Members of the public order police were also dispatched to stabilise the situation. Members of Operation Combat, with the help of Steenberg police and the Metro Police, dispersed the crowd and everything was left under control.

“No-one sustained any injuries,” he says.

Anyone with information is requested to call Steenberg police on 021 702 9000.

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