29 Jul 2016

Samoa police cracking down on youth gangs

3:23 pm on 29 July 2016

The police in Samoa have kicked off a Safe City Operation by investigating dozens of youths thought to be involved in gangs.

They say the youths are threatening the safety of people going to night clubs and other public places at night.

Two of the suspects have been charged for the death of a 34 year-old man assaulted and beaten last Saturday.

The police spokesperson, Taupa'u Maotaoalii Kitiona, says the police have identified one gang, but believe there are several others holding meetings in isolated houses in Apia.

Police say the youths are involved in other criminal activities such as stone throwing and stealing money and food.

Our correspondent says close by village councils have been asked to help the police campaign.