Lae Police

Woman’s body floats downriver, husband detained

On March 15th, community leaders at Four-Mile Kandis Market reported to police a missing person using the Lae police emergency toll free number.

Three-Mile police attended and were told that a man and his wife had gone to their garden early in the morning, at about 5.30am, but the husband returned alone at around 10am and reported that his wife had gone missing.

A search conducted by the community proved to be unsuccessful.

Police gave them until the next day to continue searching or to wait and see if she returns home.

Principal arrested over alleged sexual penetration

Lae police claim the incident occurred on the 13th of March, 2019, at about 2.30pm.

The principal, who is also a director of a private school at Papuan Compound, had abused the trust of the small girl, aged 10 years old. The girl is a relative to the suspect from his wife's side.

“The school is located next to his residence where he told the child to go to the house where he will photocopy some paper for her,” Lae police report.

“It was there that the child was allegedly abused by the principal.

Tough stance against street vendors, petty criminals

Lae metropolitan superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said police have been making an average of about 15 arrests a day.

“I have issued directives that there will be no spot fines issued to those offenders. Police will only make arrests when they are caught in the act,” he stated.

“Spot fines were previously issued by the City Council but this has not had any effect.

“It also has the tendency of being abused where accepting bribes crept in.

Lae police work to curb petty crimes

The issue is being addressed jointly by Lae police management and the Office of Member for Lae, John Rosso.

“I had called for the removal of new illegal squatter settlements last year. A working committee was set up but it has somewhat slowed down on its efforts. I will again push for this as the bulk of street sellers and petty criminals come from these new illegal settlements,” said Lae metropolitan superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr.

Lae police commends community

Lae’s Metropolitan Superintendent Commander, Anthony Wagambi, said Lae has had a bad  reputation however this time around, he said they managed to carry out the operations without any violence erupting.

The double header rugby league game was held peacefully in Lae on Sunday, with police and PNGDF personnel deployed all around the venue and also inside.

Drunks and would be trouble makers were prevented from entering the area, whilst gate crashers were kept at bay.

Lae police ready for Intrust Cup Game game

Lae Metro Police boss Anthony Wagambie Jnr said police expect a massive turn out of people coming in into Lae from other Morobe districts and provinces even.

He said police operations will be in full swing to ensure the match is played without disruption.

Lae’s Mobile Squad 13 have returned from Madang after operations and will be deployed to the Lae League along with other police units.

The Defence Force at Igam Barracks will have a Platoon deployed to assist with crowd and perimeter control as well.

Major crackdown in Lae land grabbing

Police see land grabbing as a breeding ground for lawlessness.

Lae police boss, Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr, said they will work in unison with other public stakeholders to crack down on illegal settlements.

“We will join forces with Lands and other stakeholders and demolish those squatter settlements. These are some of the sources of uprising law and order issues in the city,” he said.

Wagambie Jr said these agencies are ready to work but due to issues like harassment, they do not perform.

Wanted suspects captured in Madang

The suspects had conducted an armed robbery in a shop at Karkar Island and had fled by boat to Sarang village, located along the North Coast Road of Madang.

Talidig Police with the assistance of Lae based MS 13 apprehended three prime suspects of the eight who were armed with a factory made shotgun and home-made shotgun.

The suspects, after realising that they had nowhere to run, surrendered to a Foursquare Church pastor.

Lae police tail known criminals, foil robbery plans

Civilian police spotted the vehicle matching the description given and tailed it from Kamkumung to Eriku, where they were intercepted.

There were eight men on board the vehicle. Police had to fire warning shots to stop the vehicle when the driver didn’t stop after being signalled by officers sounding the siren.

The suspects, realising that it was police, tried to get off the vehicle and run away but Police managed to apprehend all eight men who were also heavily intoxicated.

80 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes confiscated

A lone policeman from Omili Police Station in Lae, with community leaders, conducted a walk through Nawaeb Block all the way to Kamkumung settlement when they approached suspicious movement of people in the area.

The group, upon realising that it was police, dropped some of the cartons they were carrying and made a run for it. 

Police and the community went through the area and retrieved up to 80 cartons of counterfeit Pall Mall red cigarettes.