Philippi police were quick on the trail of a suspect who was found in possession of an illegal firearm on Thursday 4 August at 17:00. Philippi police spokesperson Captain Lance Goliath says “police in Philippi are working around the clock in order to eradicate crime and bring the perpetrators to book”. “Police were busy with crime prevention duties in Athburg Walk, Hanover Park when they spotted a suspicious looking man who started running away when he spotted police. Police gave chase and managed to apprehend him and confiscated a 9mm Z88 Parabellum pistol, a magazine and ammunition,” Goliath confirms. The serial number of the pistol was filed off.Goliath says police arrested the 29-year-old suspect on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. The suspect appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday 8 August on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.The station commander Colonel Dennis Abels says police will continue clamping down on crime and the perpetrators thereof. “Police will maintain their zero tolerance approach in the combatting and investigation of crime. He commended his officers for a job well done as well as the community for their involvement in reporting crime and criminals,” Goliath says. V Anyone with information about crime can call the police at 021 695 1500 or Crime Stop at 086 001 0111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.