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Blue Monday for firearm suspect<div>Metro Police Officers attached to the Gang and Drug Task Team arrested a suspect for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition in Philippi this morning. </div><div><br></div><div>At around 08:00, officers followed up on information received and tracked down the suspect in an informal settlement in the area. He granted permission for them to conduct a search, and was found in possession of a .38 special revolver with the serial number still intact and four live rounds of ammunition (pictured). <br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /></figure>​​</span>The 37-year-old suspect was arrested and detained at Philippi SAPS.</div><div> </div><div>In general enforcement in the past week, Metro Police officers made 86 arrests and issued 3 323 traffic and by-law fines.</div><div><br></div><div>LAW ENFORCEMENT</div><div><br></div><div>Officers made 183 arrests in the past week and issued 3 335 by-law fines.</div><div><br></div><div>On Friday, 5 August, LEAP officers were on patrol in Harare, Khayelitsha at approximately 23:00.</div><div><br></div><div>A pedestrian who was walking along the road suddenly started running away when he spotted the officers, but was caught after a short chase.</div><div><br></div><div>The suspect was found in possession of a firearm and 34 rounds of ammunition (pictured). He was detained at Harare SAPS.</div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1188px;" /></figure>​​</span>TRAFFIC SERVICES</div><div><br></div><div>Officers arrested 59 motorists – 51 for driving under the influence of alcohol and eight for reckless and negligent driving.</div><div><br></div><div>During a series of integrated operations in the past week, officers impounded 145 public transport vehicles, executed 1 763 warrants of arrest, issued 32 708 fines for various traffic violations and recorded 38 322 speeding offences. </div><div><br></div><div>The highest speeds recorded were as follows: </div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>147 km/h on Marine Drive  (60 km/h zone)</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>146 km/h on the N1 at Koeberg Interchange  (70 km/h zone)</div><div>•<span style="white-space:pre;"> </span>213 km/h on the N1 at Plattekloof road (120 km/h zone)</div><div><br></div><div>‘It blows my mind how motorists can engage in such reckless behaviour and think that it is okay. How many more times do we have to highlight the potential consequences for yourself, but also those around you before the penny will drop? How many more horrific road accidents will it take? These excessive speeds are but one of the many reasons why we undertook the review of our Traffic by-law. For too long, people have been behaving in the most shocking manner on the roads, and effectively getting away with a slap on the wrist. The measures built into the new by-law will now make people think twice, especially when their vehicle is impounded and they’re left to pound the pavement,’ said the  City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. </div><div> </div><div>PUBLIC EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTRE</div><div><br></div><div>The City’s emergency call centre logged 1 777 incidents between Friday, 5 August and Sunday, 7 August.</div><div><br></div><div>These included 41 motor vehicle accidents and 21 accidents involving pedestrians.</div><div><br></div><div>There were also 156 assault cases, and 28 reports of domestic violence.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Over the past three weekends, the average number of incidents related to domestic violence has crept up to just over 25, from an average of 16 in the first three weekends of July. It’s likely that these calls are but a fraction of the number of actual incidents, but it’s incredibly disappointing to see the increase, particularly as we commemorate Women’s Month. It’s an indictment on us as a society, and we really need to do better,’ added Alderman Smith. <br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-07T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#40dbd004-40b4-4ca7-8b48-7e2e62aa6d23;L0|#040dbd004-40b4-4ca7-8b48-7e2e62aa6d23|Community and public safety;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10

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