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Fewer arrests made during long weekend

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 10/06/2020

The Acting Deputy Police Commissioner – ‘Atunaisa Taumoepeau has confirmed to Radio Tonga News this morning that there were less arrests made during this past long weekend, than the weekend before.

The total arrests made over the long weekend was 86 men and women between the ages of 18-50 mostly on charges of being drunk and disorderly in public places, disturbing the peace, and breaking curfew restrictions.

In comparison to the prior weekend Taumoepeau says they had arrested more than 40 on Friday, more than 30 on Saturday, and over 10 people on Sunday and the public holiday.

It was anticipated that there would be more arrests over this past weekend due to a number of celebrations taking place and the addition of the public holiday on Monday, however Taumoepeau says this was not the case.

Despite this lower number of arrests Taumoepeau still strongly advised the public to be cautious when consuming alcohol, follow the curfew restrictions, and he also urged parents to ensure their children are picked up straight after school to minimize the chances of school brawls breaking out in the Nuku’alofa area.

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