8 Jan 2004

PNG highlands residents demand mobile police unit

5:15 pm on 8 January 2004

People living in Papua New Guinea's southern highlands province are appealing to authorities to set up a mobile police unit to help combat rising gun-crime and disorder.

It's reported that mobile squad seven, based in Mount Hagen, withdrew from the town of Tari last week, after criminals stole two of their weapons, and kidnapped a policeman, who was later released.

The National newspaper says the provincial official, Philip Moya, is calling for intervention by the provincial and national governments, for the sake of the people.

Mr Moya called for the instigation of a permanent mobile squad unit, based in the town of Tari in the Hela region.