Drunk youths disturb celebration


POLICE in Manus say the consumption of homebrew and drunkenness spoiled what could have been a peaceful Independence Day celebration on the island.
Acting provincial police commander Chief Inspector David Yapu said an incident at Haus island involved a group of youths who drank homebrew, damaged properties and harassed people.
“The ward councillor contacted us as soon as the youths were getting out of hand,” he said.
“A team of police officers was immediately dispatched and soon after apprehended 12 youths under the influence of alcohol and took them to the police station in Lorengau where they were locked up.”
Police also arrested people for drinking homebrew, drinking in public places, assault and using abusive language.
“Otherwise, Manus was relatively quiet,” he said.
“I thank the Manus people for their contributions to make the independence celebrations peaceful and successful.”
Meanwhile, police received a report of an alleged rape from Mussau island.
New Ireland police commander John Midi said apart from that, he had not received any further report from the station commander in Lihir on the celebrations.
He said people in Kavieng celebrated by organised sports competitions at the Kavieng prison compound. Prisoners also took part.

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