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Police arrest 81 in first few days of national lockdown

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 1/04/2020

Since the beginning of the lockdown and Police Operation COVID-19 kicked off, 81 people have been arrested including a 30-year-old man from Longolongo after midnight last night at Kolofo’ou for breach of curfew and a warrant for his arrest. This arrests related to breach of curfew, obstruction of police officers, public drunkenness and housebreaking.

The 30-year-old Longolongo man, is remanded in police custody while investigation continues.

Police also seized 15 cartons of mutton from the arrested person’s car and are making inquiries into the owner of the goods that are believed to be stolen.

In a press release from Police – A/Deputy Commissioner ‘Atunaisa Taumoepeau urged the public respect the law and respect police officers as they go about their duty.

Police are working together with His Majesty’s Armed Forces to enforce the National Lockdown Order. Taumoepeau warned they “will not hesitate to take enforcement action on those who continue to ignore the restrictions.”

Meanwhile, Police Operation Centre can be contacted at or call 23713 to report anyone who is breaching the Lockdown instructions or their responsibilities.

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