Parkop slams market crimes

National

By MALUM NALU
NATIONAL Capital District Governor Powes Parkop says he is “fed up” with the spate of crimes at the Gordon Market and called on police to get their acts together.
He said this last Saturday after another morning of violence at the market. Police had to fire warning shots into the air when a fight erupted after a woman was stabbed.
The market is known for crimes such as mobile phone theft, pick-pocketing and bag-snatching.
“I can understand if people want us to get rid of the market from that area,” Parkop told The National.
“Port Moresby people are fed up, residents there are fed up, I’m fed up too because no matter what we try, it seems to be not getting there. Unfortunately, this market has become notorious for bad things.
“We continue to do our best but we can’t really control everybody there. The onus is also on police to improve their policing in that area.”
He said the National Capital District Commission was doing its best to control people in the market itself.
“The market inside is relatively peaceful,” Parkop said.
“It’s only the outside, which is not only a market but a transport hub, with people moving up and down who are contributing to the challenges there.
“That warrants the police to improve their work there. They can’t just leave it to NCDC.”

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