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Drunkards Back On Streets

Drunkards have yet again been seen on the streets of the capital city despite strong efforts by Police to remove them. This was after a group of five drunken men
15 Jun 2015 11:52
Drunkards Back On Streets

Drunkards have yet again been seen on the streets of the capital city despite strong efforts by Police to remove them.

This was after a group of five drunken men and a woman were spotted drunk and involved in a punch-up along the Walu Bay Bridge in Suva.

One of the men allegedly involved in the punch-up was seen beating up a woman, who was later identified as his partner.

A Fiji Sun news team that was doing rounds around the city early yesterday spotted and photographed the drunkards and was sworn at by them.

This is the same spot where drunkards were pictured last week sleeping on the sidewalk.

The team later went to the Suva Market Commu-

nity Post in Suva and transported four police officers to the scene to round up the men and woman from the spot to stop the woman from being beaten up further.

The group was rounded up and then transported back to the Police Post via the Fiji Sun transport where they were warned and questioned by Police.

The Police officers at the post told the group that the Fiji Sun news team and the Police were doing their job of ensuring that members of the community were safe from illegal drinking activities.

They were also warned that media had full rights to photograph drunk and disorderly behaviour in public places.

Commissioner of Police Bernardus Groenewald commended the Fiji Sun news team and said there was a need for the Police operational team to review their plan.

“Thank you very much for that. It is much appreciated,” he said.

“But the problem is we have a 24-hour operational plan in place to address these drunkards. But it seems to me that my people are not at the right spots at the right time.”

Mr Groenewald said it was unfortunate that while they had done proper policing on certain drinking spots, such as those along Waimanu Road in Suva and around the city, drunkards seemed to keep moving to new drinking spots.

“I think it is necessary that my operation team review the deployment of our people to these critical drinking spots,” Mr Groenewald said.

“I think it is very important that when we know this information that we can change our operational plans to include also the other spots.”

Feedback: aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 


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