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Awareness team attacked by drunk youths: Police

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the team went to Mataworei on Wednesday, May 20th, to conduct COVID-19 awareness when the drunk youths came into the area and started a fight then attempted to attack the government and police officers.

“Their actions had disrupted the awareness and the people attending the awareness were frustrated with their behaviour,” stated PPC Yapu.

PPC Yapu said the matter was reported to his office by the awareness team and on Thursday, May 21st, he dispatched a team to the area.

Mobile squad tipped off on illicit spirits

PPC Manus Chief Inspector David Yapu said the section of mobile squad, under the command of sergeant Steven Karmi and Senior Constable Herman Ipai, whilst on routine patrol were tipped off on a boat coming into town to sell homebrew. 

When the boat arrived at the boatshed, police searched it and confiscated 41 containers of homebrew; illicit spirit in 600ml plastic containers.

The operator of the boat, who was also the owner of the homebrew, jumped out of the boat and swam out to sea.

Homebrew producers beware!

The NCD Task Force will be carrying out numerous raids at identified homebrew hot spots in settlements as well as obscure residential areas.

Task Force Commander, Mark Mosinakave, says his personnel will be out in full force to deal with the issue of homebrew on the community level by taking out the root cause of the issue, the suppliers.

“This issue of homebrew has long been ignored but not anymore. The Task Force is here to make a difference and effectively deal with this illegal activity.”

Police to crack down on homebrew issue

NCD Taskforce Commander, Mark Mosinakave, says despite the destructive nature of the homebrew production and sales, people are still carrying out this illegal activity.

“They think that what they are doing is good for them, but they do not realise that they are affecting the community as well as contributing to law and order issues,” he stressed.

Massive homebrew haul at Vadavada

Between 3 and 5am today, the personnel carried out the raid at the Vadavada settlement area and in the process, detained a family of six.

NCD Taskforce commander, Mark Mosinakave, outlined that the suspects were under surveillance by police who were tipped off about the illegal production they were carrying out.

The raid held six people, a husband and wife, their son and granddaughter and two other male relatives.

The raid produced 160 litres of steam stored in numerous containers as well as pre-packed 500ml containers along with 10 buckets of the illicit spirit.

Oro to ban yeast sales

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector, Lincoln Gerari said many problems in the province are Homebrew related and yeast is the main ingredient that makes that illegal alcohol.

Gerari said he had been given support by the three MPs in the province and is anticipated to start enforcing the ban shortly.

"I will be visiting schools and communities about the ban.

"There is an increase in lawlessness due to the increase in the production of homebrew," he said.

9 arrested over homebrew

The nine aged between 28 and 45 years were apprehended at Buliso village in the Bupi Chupen Lelemadih LLG and taken to the Lorengau by their ward councilor.

Amongst the nine was a female who admitted to taking part in the sale of homebrew.

Manus police commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu told Loop PNG the woman was warned and later released due to lack of evidence.

He said items used in the production of home brew were also surrendered by the accused persons to Police on Tuesday this week.  

Youths vow to weed out drugs and homebrew

Thousands of people who gathered in Kundiawa town last Friday made a new year resolution to eradicate drugs such as marijuana and homebrew or steam which is destroying the future generations.

The New Year resolution was done in front of Opposition Leader, Don Pomb Polye.

Polye was invited as the guest speaker by Simbu Youth Group which is working with police and the Simbu Provincial government to eradicate drugs and steam from the province.

He was welcomed by traditional dancing groups and mothers and youth groups upon arrival, prior to the actual event.

Youths urged to make a change for the future

With the rise in homebrew consumption among youths, Milne Bay provincial youth coordinator Vicky Wesley urges youths to stay away from consuming homebrew and drugs as these are illegal.

She said it’s time for youths to change but it’s up to every individual to make the change within them.

 “If you feel you need to change, the only way out is to say no and say yes to change as the drugs and homebrew will only land you in more trouble and negativity.

“The need to change must come from within you and it takes a lot of boldness and courage to do so.”

Milne Bay youths surrender guns and homebrew equipment

About 200 youths from the two wards surrendered a homemade gun, two sets of live ammunitions and nine gas cylinders.

Among the youths are seven mothers who brew and sell homemade alcohol (steam) to the youths in order to earn income especially single mothers.

The mothers did not attend the ceremony but surrendered their homebrew equipment.

Milne Bay provincial youth coordinator for the Community Development Division Vicky Wesley said the youths have surrendered on their free will in order to make a change and have a fresh start.