New anti-gang unit recover 12 guns in six days

Image: Gareth Wilson

Two firearms, three toy guns and an air rifle were recovered by police at the weekend.

The operations were carried out by the anti-gang unit who are working to get stolen guns off the streets.

Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said since the inception of the anti-gang unit (AGU) three weeks ago, significant arrests and recoveries had been made.

Since July 15, a total of 12 firearms were recovered, of which nine were reported stolen, and four toy guns recovered in drug dens.

Naidu said the latest arrest was on Sunday morning when a 28-year-old man was arrested for being in possession of a stolen firearm.

“While conducting stop-and-search operations in Langdon Street in Bethelsdorp, members saw two males running down Shaheed Street, in Extension 36, in Bethelsdorp.

"One of them was seen with a firearm in his hand. A foot chase ensued and the suspect was seen tossing the firearm in a yard,” she said.

“He was apprehended and the firearm recovered.”

Naidu said the firearm was reported stolen in Durban Central in April 2019.

She said several disruptive operations were held in known gang hot-spot areas at the weekend.

In two separate instances, three toy guns were found at a house, in Cenonia Close, in Bethelsdorp while an air rifle was found hidden between shacks, in Kobus Road, in Gelvandale.

Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga with Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane and Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani at a roadblock in Port Elizabeth last week. This was followd by new vehicles being handed over to the Anti-Gang Unit.
Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga with Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane and Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani at a roadblock in Port Elizabeth last week. This was followd by new vehicles being handed over to the Anti-Gang Unit.
Image: Gareth Wilson

This comes after another firearm and ammunition were found at a house, in Goliath Street, in Helenvale, on Friday evening.

“The serial number of the firearm was filed off and the firearm was confiscated for further investigation and analysis,” Naidu said.

Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Liziwe Ntshinga said this was part of their plan to clampdown on all gang related activities.  “We can see that the Anti-Gang Unit is making an impact in these areas. We will continue with our vigorous and high density policing in these areas.

"Houses of suspected drug dens and criminals will be constantly visited. We also make a clarion call to the communities in these areas to work with us to ensure that their areas are safe,” she said.

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