National 8.8.2016 10:10 am

Shootings, crime increasing in Westbury

Crime and shootings are still on the rise in the Joburg suburb.

Shootings and other murder-related crimes have been on the increase, creating fear among residents in the Westbury area, Westside Eldos reports.

Two of the incidents happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, July 30, when a man was beaten to death by a group of men at a new pub/nightclub called Blended in Newclare near the Westbury train station.

According to a witness who does not want to be named, the man went to help his brother but was caught up in the fight. The paramedics declared him dead on the scene but his brother was taken to hospital.

Colonel Julia Claassen from Sophiatown Police Station said no arrests have been made.

Gunshots were also heard in the Newclare area on Monday, August 1, with as much as three people getting injured in the process.

The areas at which the shooting occurred were in Tamboekie Court in Westbury and the Newclare Flats near the train station.

Claassen said no arrests have been made.

“One of the men that were shot on Monday is currently receiving medical attention because he attained some lower body injuries. We are investigating both cases but once again plead with the community to come forward anonymously to catch the perpetrators involved,” said Claassen.

Community stakeholders and the Community Policing Forum (CPF) have also urged residents to come forward as the police cannot arrest the suspects without the community’s  assistance.

– Caxton News Service

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