PNG province wants yeast banned to stop crime

9:07 pm on 8 December 2015

The police in Papua New Guinea's Northern Province are calling for the Chamber of Commerce to ban the sale of yeast in shops, supermarkets and other outlets.

The Post Courier reports this is seen as a way of stopping escalating crime which police put down to the consumption of homebrew, which is dependent on yeast.

The police commander, Lincoln Gerari, says his desire is to see youth stop consuming homebrew and to have a corresponding drop in offences.

Mr Gerari says he hopes his request will be taken seriously in view of the severe consequences resulting from drinking homebrew.