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Oct 25: Decrease in Traffic offences

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PRESS RELEASE, TUESDAY 25th October, 2011

Crime Report for Period 17th - 23rd October 2011.

  • Total of 57 criminal offences registered during the period 17 - 23 October, 2011 compared to 60 the previous week.
  • Out of the 57 crimes reported, 32 reported at Central Police Station (District I), 07 each at Mu'a and Nukunuku Stations, 06 - Neiafu, Vava'u, 05 - Vaini Station.
  • Theft was the most reported crime with 17 offences followed by housebreak and common assault with 12 each, 04 - obtain by false pretence, 03 - willful damage to property, 02 - indecent assaults and 01 each manslaughter by negligence, forgery, unlawful entry into building and trespass.
  • Total of 38 offences reported under Other Acts; an increase 01 offence from 37 the previous week.
  • Recorded decrease in the number of offences under Traffic Act and regulations from 308 the previous week to 190 last week.
  • A vehicle crash at Pea village along Taufa'ahau Road between 01 - 1.30am Saturday morning 22 October 2011 resulted in the death of two (02) passengers, a 20 years old male from Ha'akame and a 23 years old female of Haveluloto living in New Zealand.  There were seven (07) persons in the vehicle including the driver (5 males and 2 females) when the vehicle crashed.

The vehicle was travelling along Taufa'ahau Rd on easterly direction towards Ha'ateiho when the crash happened.

Preliminary investigations reveals that lack of vehicle control, over speeding and driving under the influenze of alcohol contributed to the cause of the crash.

The two deaths brings the number of road deaths to nine (09) as of 24 October 2011 compared to a total of six (6) road deaths for the whole of 2010.

Police continue to urge drivers to refrain from drinking alcohol before driving and use safety seat belts while riding on vehicles.

As it drives towards the end of the year and festive seasons of Christmas Police will increase traffic operations with the objective of reducing road trauma and fatality.

  • Last week Police investigators at Nukunuku arrested a 44 years old male person of Lapaha from Fonoi Island at Ha'apai.  The suspect is charged with theft of outboard motor engine valued at T$9,000.00 from Ha'atafu last month (September 2011).
  • The suspect will appear at the Nukunuku Magistrate Court Thursday 27/10/2011.  The outboard motor engine was also recovered from Fonoi.
  • Police search for missing 30 years female tourist at the northern part of ‘Eula near Fangatave Beach on Saturday morning 22/10/11 ended in a good result, when the New Zealand tourist was found alive and well in a location near Houma village.

The tourist went tracking on Friday 21/10/2011 and police at ‘Ohonua was alerted midnight Friday 21/10/11 when she did not return.

Police appreciated the help of local tour guide and community.

T. Faletau

Acting Police Commissioner

ENDS

Issued by the: Ministry of Police, Fire Services and Prisons, Nuku'alofa, 2011.

 

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