Festival crime

Two cars were stolen, two people were pickpocketed and an alleged drunken driver was arrested at the eighth annual Mitchells Plain DStv festival at Westridge Gardens, held from Friday November 25 to Sunday November 27.

Mitchell’s Plain police spokesman Captain Ian Williams said on all other accounts the festival was regarded as a success.

He advised parents to register their children at the police’s Missing Persons Venue Operational Centre (VOC) stall at the festival next year. The children are tagged, which helps them find their parents and caregivers speedily in the event they are seperated from each other.

Rozario Brown, founder and co-ordinator of the festival, said it was regrettable that the incidents reported by the police had happened on the outskirts of the festival. “I will check with neighbourhood watch members, who were deployed to patrol the festival’s perimeters,” he said.

Mr Brown said he had only heard of incidents yesterday, Tuesday December 6, when the Plainsman called him.”We are sad to know these incidents happened and we are willing to assist the police in any way possible,” he said.