Poachers leave cops high and dry

By Melanie Gosling/iol.co.za


Hout Bay police Captain Rian Bester (left) went to the scene after being tipped off that abalone poachers were diving off Llandudno, but he was unable to go after them as the police station does not have a boat. He phoned the SAPS Water Wing, but it arrived too late. Police divers were unable to find the abalone, believed to have been stashed under water.

Police say abalone poaching around Hout Bay and Llandudno is becoming “worse than Hawston and Onrus” with organised gangs paying their “lookouts” up to R500 for a single cellphone call tipping them off about approaching law enforcement officers.

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