3 Dec 2008

Solomons police urge village support to curb violence

2:13 pm on 3 December 2008

Solomon Islands police commander is calling on villagers at Koa Hill near Honiara to come up with a plan to combat ongoing violence directed at police.

This follows an attack which left seven officers hurt on Monday.

The acting police commissioner, Peter Marshall, says hundreds of rocks were thrown, along with spears and fists.

He says the village, which has a reputation for the consumption of kwaso, or illegal homebrew alcohol, has often been the source of trouble in the past.

"Our focus is now on that particular community with them to take responsibility and come up with some sort of approach that we could work more closely with them."

Acting Commissioner Peter Marshall says they have made three arrests and expect to make more in relation to the attack.