SL ship crew nabbed for metal theft
Sri Lankan crew from an attached ship in Durban
Harbour has been arrested when they tried to raise R800 ‘pocket
money’ by selling metal from the ship for scrap. The 13 men arrested
with the metal at the weekend are part of the 26-member crew of the
Lanka Mahapola, who say they are owed $85 000 (R708 900) in wages.
Combating artefact thefts :
More manpower for Special Police Unit
The Special Police Unit set up to investigate
and combat artefact thefts has been further strengthened by
increasing its cadre from eight to 30. The Special Police Unit will
function with immediate effect. Addressing the inaugural ceremony to
mark the unit's activation at the Archaeological Department, Deputy
Inspector General (Crimes Range) Ravi Wijegunawardana said Inspector
General of Police N K Illangakoon is paying special attention to
prevent thefts and destruction of artefacts.