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Suspects arrested in Athlone with firearms

WESTERN CAPE: The determination and commitment of police officers to ensure a safer festive season, yielded notable successes. Members of Maitland Flying Squad were doing a stop and search operation in Athlone area last night when they searched a pedestrian and found a 9 mm pistol without a serial number in his possession.

The suspect, a 29 year old man was arrested and detained on a charge of possession of prohibition and unlicensed firearm and ammunition.  The suspect will appear in Athlone court on Friday morning.

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The arrest comes after Athlone police members were busy with patrols earlier this week when they searched a suspect in Forbes Avenue, Belgravia Estate.

The man aged 23 was arrested when found in possession of a loaded pistol for which he did not possess a valid license. He made his court appearance in Athlone Magistrate court already on a charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Submitted by: Col André Traut


 

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