Police issue warning for New Year celebrations
THE police warned yesterday they will be vigilant to ensure that law and order are maintained in communities, business centres and other areas where events will be held to ring in the New Year.
Licensed firearm holders were reminded to be responsible and to desist from partaking in 'celebratory gunfire and salutes' during the celebrations, while promoters were reminded that the necessary permission must be sought and approved by divisional police commanders for the staging of events.
"Where illegal activities are observed or are brought to the attention of the police, the event will be terminated, equipment will be seized and persons prosecuted," said a release from the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN), the police's information arm.
A zero-tolerance approach, said the police, will be applied in the following cases:
* where dances are held without approval;
* music being played beyond the cut-off time;
* music causing a nuisance to the public;
* musical events held in the streets, impeding vehicular and pedestrian traffic;
* use of firearms at these events, resulting in injury or death to patrons;
* use of illegal drugs;
* improper parking which creates congestion;
* improper disposal of garbage;
* illegal abstraction of electricity;
* use of lewd lyrics; and
* attendance of children at these musical events.
"The police are urging all patrons and promoters to act responsibly, with appropriate discretion and within the remit of the laws, [and] citizens are urged to contact the police emergency number, 119, or the nearest police station to report any breach of the law," said the CCN.