Armed robbery cuts short police funeral escort

2015-08-17 16:06
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Cape Town - Traffic officers waiting outside a church to escort a funeral procession in Belhar on Saturday had to leave in hurry when they heard of an armed robbery nearby.

They rushed to the scene where three suspects had allegedly held up a resident outside his home. A woman was arrested on the scene, and the officers then gave chase and arrested a second suspect, who had a toy gun in his possession.

The police arrested the third suspect a while later, the City of Cape Town said in a statement on Monday.

In a weekend which offered interesting twists and turns, a minibus taxi driver was arrested for reckless and negligent driving after he collided with a Metro Police patrol vehicle on the R300, causing it to roll and land on its roof. Three officers were injured.

The Metro Police department arrested a further 30 motorists for drunken driving and six suspects on drug-related charges.

In Khayelitsha, officers had to step in after a father allegedly pointed a firearm at his son during an argument.

In Elsies River, a tavern owner was arrested after allegedly assaulting a member of the city’s Liquor Enforcement unit when he attempted to issue a spot fine for contravention of trading hours. The tavern owner is set to appear in court on Wednesday.

A statement from the city said the unit had overt he past few days teamed up with the police and the Western Cape Liquor Authority to inspect licensed premises in Ocean View, Atlantis, Kensington, Lwandle, Langa, Philippi East, Observatory, Cape Town, Observatory and Woodstock.

"They issued 15 spot fines during the operations totalling R17 100. During an undercover operation, two people were arrested and 117 litres of alcohol confiscated."

The City’s Vice Squad also continued their integrated operations with the Hawks, focusing on brothels and street prostitution in Macassar, Somerset West, Brooklyn, Goodwood, Bellville, Wetton and Parow.

A total of 14 sex workers were arrested and 16 spot fines issued.

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