NEW CALEDONIA POLICE ACTION TARGETS PETTY CRIME

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (Oceania Flash, Feb. 12) - Police in New Caledonia's capital Nouméa mounted a large-scale operation aimed at deterring petty crimes and delinquency, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

During the weekend, close to 1,000 residents, including motorists, were subjected to search by police, gendarmes and customs officers, who joined forces for the occasion to form a "regional intervention group".

For the second large-scale operation of its kind in the French territory, the target was the capital Nouméa and its surroundings.

The operation was spearheaded by French Home Affairs Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who recently launched a massive campaign to curb crime and what is described in France as "insecurity".

Police later said the operation resulted in the arrest of five people caught driving under the influence of alcohol, three invalid driver’s licenses, ten drivers failing to produce insurance documents, one individual found with cannabis and another carrying a weapon without a permit.

February 12, 2003

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