Tyre burst leaves 17 injured in N7

A woman spotted her stolen cellphone among items recovered by the police, while she was at the police station reporting the theft of the device from her vehicle.

The cellphone, among other things, was recovered after police received a tip-off about a car being broken into in a parking lot around 3am on Sunday July 17. The informant was able to give police a description of the car the men were driving and when police offcers noticed the vehicle driving in Porterfield Road, Bloubergrant, they called for assistance before indicating to the driver to pull off to the side of the road.

“Back-up arrived quickly and the vehicle was searched. Two cellular phones were found in their possession as well as implements which could be used to break into a vehicle,” said Table View SAPS spokesperson, Captain Adriana Chandler.

The three men in their thirties were also in possession of property presumed to have been stolen and a knife. They were arrested and taken to Table View police station.

“While at the police station a (woman) was reporting her cellphone stolen from her vehicle and noticed that one of the cellphones found in possession of one of the suspects, was hers. The men were due to appear in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday July 19,” said Captain Chandler.

* On Sunday July 17 eleven people, including several children, were injured after a Nissan bakkie travelling on the N7 towards the Bosmansdam turn-off had a tyre burst which overturned the vehicle and sent it careering into nearby bushes.

“The occupants sustained minor to moderate injuries and were later transported to various hospitals in the area. A five-year-old sustained serious injuries and was transported to Red Cross Children’s Hospital,” said ER24 media spokesperson, Werner Vermaak.

According to Milnerton SAPS media spokesperson, Warrant Officer Daphne O’Reilly, the exact cause of the accident is not yet known and an accident report was opened.

* On Monday July 18 a woman in her forties who had been staying under a bridge bordering the railway line at Boundary Road, Milnerton, was hit by a passing train while crossing the line.

According to Warrant Officer O’Reilly, the incident is currently being investigated by the local detective branch at Milnerton SAPS.