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Arrest Order In Force: Tudravu

People found using the sea during the implementation of the Environmental Emergency Declaration will be arrested. This follows a directive from the Police chief of operations officer, Assistant Commissioner of
10 Jan 2015 12:55
Arrest Order In Force: Tudravu
Police officers question a fisherman as they patrol restricted areas around the Suva foreshore. Photo: Police Media Cell

People found using the sea during the implementation of the Environmental Emergency Declaration will be arrested.

This follows a directive from the Police chief of operations officer, Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu.

“With immediate effect, I have directed officers to arrest those found in breach of the Environmental Emergency Declaration Regulation,” ACP Tudravu said.

“I have instructed our operations and divisional Police commanders in the affected areas to arrest those found in breach of the regulation.”

It is understood that people were still ignoring warnings given by the Police and the Interagency Taskforce not to use the sea for recreational purpose and as a source of food.

“We are concerned that some members of the public have been sighted in the restricted areas despite numerous pleas to refrain from using these waters for fishing or any other form of recreational activities.

“While this was the last step we had intended to take, we are only resorting to such measures now for everyone’s interests and wellbeing,” ACP Tudravu said.

The declaration will be effective for a month.

It gives the Fiji Police Force the powers to prohibit and evacuate people from using the sea for any purpose.

 

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