The National, Thursday 04th April, 2013
PEOPLE consuming alcohol openly in public places and acting out of hand have been warned to stop the practice.
Lae metropolitan commander Supt Iven Lakatani yesterday issued this warning to city residents after learning that a large number of arrests police made during the Easter period were alcohol related.
Though he could not provide any statistics he said alcohol-related arrests have topped the police arrest list for Easter and an increasing number of women were among those arrested.
“Just yesterday (Tuesday) people from one highlands province which included women had to be dispersed by police because they were consuming alcohol and making a lot of noise at a residential area in town,” Lakatani said.
He said that was not good and that the public must understand the meaning of public holidays and celebrate them accordingly.
“Instead of observing the meaning of Easter by going to church, these perpetrators decided to consume alcohol,” he said.
He said that police would get tough on people consuming alcohol in public places.
“Such people will also be vulnerable to opportunists and they must be aware of that,” Lakatani added.