No to gun salutes for New Year

Published: Tuesday | December 31, 2013 Comments 0

The police are calling on licensed firearm holders to be responsible and avoid engaging in 'celebratory gunfire and salutes' during New Year celebrations which get under way tonight.

In a release yesterday, the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) also reminded promoters that the necessary permission must be sought and approved by the divisional commanders for the staging of events which must be held in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined in the permits issued.

"Where illegal activities are observed or are brought to the attention of the police, the event will be terminated, equipment will be seized and persons prosecuted," CCN stated, noting that the law would be applied to its fullest extent when breaches are detected.

The police urged citizens to contact the police emergency number, 119, or the nearest police station to report any breach of the law.

The police have indicated that they will take a zero-tolerance approach to persons hosting events including the following:

Dances held without approval;

Music being played beyond the cut-off time;

Music causing a nuisance to the public;

Musical events held in the streets impeding vehicular and pedestrian traffic;

Use of firearms at these events resulting in injury or death to patrons;

Use of drugs at these musical events;

Improper parking which creates congestion;

Breaches of the National Solid Waste Management Act - improper disposal of garbage;

Abstraction of electricity;

Expression of lewd lyrics by disc jockeys;

Attendance of children at these musical events.

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