police-briefs

Con men/women Alert

Obtaining money by deception is becoming a big problem in Vanuatu today.

The Vanuatu Police Force’s (VPF) Fraud Unit has reported an increasing number of its cases almost every week.

Section 130B of the Penal Code [CAP 135] states, “A person must not, by deception, dishonestly obtain for oneself or another person any money, valuable thing, or financial advantage of any kind whatsoever.”

The VPF is now emphasising to all people throughout Vanuatu to be alert and never trust any person who approaches them asking for a large sum of money in exchange for business ideas, vehicles, land, and so forth.

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Foreign fishing vessel detained

The Vanuatu Police Maritime Wing in Port Vila, together with the Vanuatu Fisheries Department (VFD) have confiscated a fishing vessel believed to belong to Vietnam.

Leson 369 is a long line net registered licensed vessel under the VFD.

It was detained because it breached Vanuatu’s Fisheries Act, fishing within 12 nautical miles from the coastal line.

The Vanuatu Police Maritime Wing and the VFD have a good working relationship to provide safety within Vanuatu’s nautical borders.

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Police investigating Australian’s death

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an expatriate in the second week of January.

On the 8th of January 2024, VPF officers in Port Vila received a report that Paul Derrick, an Australian was found dead inside his own house at Tassiriki area.

The late Derrick is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pentecost Vanua Trading, which is located at Tagabe area.

Upon arriving at the deceased’s home, the VPF officers, specifically Forensics Unit officers together with the ProMedical officers, moved his body to the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) mortuary.

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Drivers reminded to provide professional service

The year 2024 is going to be a very busy one for Public Land Transport (PLT) drivers because many cruise ships are coming to Vanuatu.

Therefore, the VPF encourages all hardworking PLT drivers, particularly in the main ports to always wear their best outfits and adhere to their professional dressing code whenever they are out providing transport services to both tourists and local customers.

Such awareness on this subject was bought to attention when the Police Traffic Unit and the Port Vila City Warden conducted a minor Traffic Dressing Code Operation, specifically for PLT drivers. During the minor operation, 50 Public Transport vehicles were confiscated.

To all PLT drivers, be advised the Police Traffic Unit and the Port Vila City Warden will be doing regular traffic checks.

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Annual Operations feedback

Each year, the VPF sets up operations on several big events that usually happen throughout the country. As known, one of the massive operations that is carried out each year is Operation Noel, this usually starts before Christmas.

Before the operation begins, the VPF conducts regular public awareness by spreading precaution messages to remind the public of potential serious issues that could happen during the festive season.

But despite the awareness, as evidenced during the past recent operation, VPF officers in Port Vila received countless report on different incidents that occurred. Seven (7) traffic accidents were attended to and recorded during the period.

According to the data collected, 76 suspects were arrested and detained, and 15 were remanded at the Vanuatu Correctional Centre.

These remand cases are results of domestic violence issues, illegal drugs activity, threats to kill and intentional assault offences.

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SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST