Axe, pangas, knives confiscated at newspaper cup

19 Apr 2014 14:30pm
TSUMEB, 19 APR (NAMPA) – A variety of weapons were confiscated from members of the public at the Oscar Norich Sports Stadium in Tsumeb where football games of The Namibian Newspaper Cup are taking place.
The 2014 edition of the popular under-20 tournament kicked off here on Friday morning. It ends on Monday.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Oshikoto acting Regional Crime Investigations’ Co-ordinator, Inspector Edna Nawa told Nampa in an interview on Saturday that one axe, nine knives and three pangas were confiscated by the police.
Pangas and axes are sharpened implements mainly used to split and cut woods.
“We are conducting foot and mobile police patrols day and night, and it was during our police operations on Friday that we confiscated the dangerous weapons in and outside the sports stadium here,” said Nawa.
He said alcohol has been determined as a crime-driving substance, therefore, it is prohibited at all times on the premises of the sports stadium.
The Oshikoto police inspector urged participants and football lovers present to enjoy their football games free from alcohol and violence.
“We will not allow bottles of alcohol near the sports stadium, and we will continue to maintain law and order here until the last day of the football competition,” Nawa stressed.
The visibility of the police force and Tsumeb’s Neigbourhood Watch members was high on Friday evening in town and around the sports stadium.
So far no serious crimes have been reported at the Tsumeb Police Station, said Nawa.