A month of success for Newcastle 911 CPF

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Newcastle 911 Community Policing Forum rounded up its successful statistics for the busy month of June.

June 1 – Two men were arrested after they robbed an elderly man of his SASSA card on Scott Street on June 1.

The incident was reported to Newcastle 911 Community Policing Forum and a brief description was given of the suspects.

After viewing CCTV footage, members set out to find the suspects, which led them to a shopping complex.

The two suspects were followed and with the help of Ithemba Security, both suspects were caught and arrested.

June 2 – An SAPS member from Pretoria was robbed of her belongings and bags by six suspects, after she got off of a taxi at the Newcastle taxi rank.

The incident was reported to members of Newcastle 911, and together with Newcastle police, a search was conducted to find the men.

Within a few hours, members managed to recover one of the victim’s bags. One suspect was arrested.

June 8 – After a shop in Hathorn Street was robbed at gun and knife point on March 28 by seven brazen criminals, members of 911, together with the K9 Unit, vowed to ensure all involved were caught and arrested. The arrest of the sixth suspect led authorities to an informal settlement near Ingagane, where police arrested the seventh and final wanted suspect.

June 9 – Members of the CPF received information of a woman who was robbed of her cell phone in the CBD area.

A search was conducted together with members of the SAPS, and the suspect was found and arrested.

June 14 – Members of Newcastle 911 received a tip-off regarding the whereabouts of a suspect who had committed a murder the previous day.

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Together with Newcastle K9 Unit, a local security firm, RTI and SAPS members, the suspect was found and arrested.

June 16 – A 25-year-old man was arrested, in connection with the attempted rape of a teenage girl in Pioneer Park.According to reports, the 15-year-girl and her 12-year-old brother were home alone when the suspect entered their house through a window at around 10.30pm.

The suspect allegedly assaulted and attempted to rape the girl, but her screams for help alerted her brother.

The suspect then stole her cellphone and fled the scene.

The victim and her brother ran to their neighbour’s home for help, pleading with them to call for police assistance.

The victim was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital.

At midnight, members of Newcastle 911 Community Policing Forum received information of an attempted house-breaking.

Together with Newcastle SAPS and a local security company, they joined forces to search for the suspect.

He was caught in another yard shortly afterwards.

After further investigation it was confirmed the man in custody was the suspect who had attempted to rape the teen earlier that evening.

The suspect is being charged for three offences: attempted rape, attempted house-breaking and house robbery.

June 18 – Members received a call requesting medical help, after a man was allegedly severely assaulted in Lennoxton.

Upon arrival, members were informed of the whereabouts and identity of the suspect. A search was conducted together with SAPS, Newcastle 911 and a local security firm.

The suspect was later arrested at his house.

June 20 – Three men were arrested for common robbery in Newcastle CBD by members of Newcastle 911 Community Policing Forrum

They received information concerning three men who were allegedly robbing people of their belongings in town and determined to apprehend the men, the members contacted the Newcastle police.

After conducting investigations, the three men aged 22, 27 and 35 years old respectively, were arrested and charged with common robbery.

All three men appeared in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court on June 21 to be charged while further police investigations continue.

Well done Newcastle 911!

Make sure to download the Zello App and become a part of the thousands of people who rely on Newcastle 911 in its mission to combat crime.

Zianne Leibrandt

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