Philippi police arrested 63 people for various crimes during the past week. 31 of the people arrested, were arrested for crimes relating to the possession of drugs which include mandrax, herion, tik, and dagga. Some suspects already appeared and some suspects are due to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to the possession of drugs.
Experiencing sporadic shooting incidents police in Philippi are working around the clock in order to address the shootings as well as other crimes and bring the perpetrators to book. In the early morning hours of Thursday (16 April 2015) whilst patrolling around Mentz Court in Hanover Park police approached a suspicious looking male. Upon searching him police found a 9mm pistol with a magazine and live ammunition in his possession. The suspect could not provide a valid reason for being in possession of the firearm and ammunition and was arrested for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Following investigations of three attempted murder and four murder cases in Hanover Park seven suspects were arrested and have subsequently made their appearance in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on charges relating to attempted murder and murder.
Police also arrested a 35 year old male for the possession of suspected stolen property when he was found to be in possession of a black “wheelie” dustbin which contained a large quantity of paving bricks. The suspect could not produce any proof of ownership. The suspect is due to appear in the Athlone Magistrates Court on a charge of possession of suspected stolen property soon.
Several other suspects were arrested for various crimes such as theft, assault, shoplifting as well as suspects who had warrants of arrest issued against their names for not complying with maintenance of their children, made their appearance in the Athlone Magistrates Court on these charges.
Philippi SAPS Station Commander Colonel Frankes De Vis says that they will be working around the clock to combat crime and bring the perpetrators to book. They will maintain a zero tolerance approach against criminals. Members under his command and the public are thanked for their contribution in the fight against crime.
Source : South African Police Service