The Police appear to have intensified their watch and surveillance in particular zones where statistics show these are particular to criminal activity. TVM happened to be in a position to follow a Police raid that took place on a Buġibba establishment where Police suspected that criminal activity by some individuals was taking place.
It was at about 11pm when about four Police vehicles were seen in Triq il-Ħarifa in Buġibba in what appeared to be a coordinated operation involving District Police, the Police dog handling section and members of the Rapid Intervention Unit.
In the blink of an eyelid the Police positioned themselves swiftly, some entering the establishment and others on the pavement a short distance away from the outlet. From our observations, persons in the outlet were made to kneel down and some were manacled and a search for drugs was carried out.
Every corner of the establishment was thoroughly searched, including behind ‘fridges and picture frames. The search took over an hour but it is not known if any arrests were made.
So far the Police have given no information in the raid but TVM confirmed it was led by Superintendent Walter Spiteri and Inspector Josef Gauci and involved ten Police personnel.
Sources close to the Police Force told TVM that in recent weeks it has strengthened its human resource in tourist zones like Buġibba and Qawra where during summer the local and tourist population doubles. It was also stated that during this period the number of road blocks has increased in various areas.