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Operation To Focus On Rock Throwing On Southern Expressway

Police have launched Operation Watercolour, specifically focused on reports of rock throwing on the Southern Expressway.

The operation, launched today, supports the ongoing additional resources that have already been dedicated to policing in and around the Southern Expressway in light of recent events of rocks being thrown indiscriminately at passing motor vehicles.

The focus of the operation is to prevent further incidents and identify suspects relating to any events reported to police; or those who may choose to undertake this very dangerous and irresponsible activity.

Assistant Commissioner Paul Dickson is coordinating the operation to ensure a formal approach was taken to the detection and apprehension of suspects.

“The incidents reported to police highlight the need for an operation over and above the resources that have been directed to the area in light of recent rock-throwing events,” he said.

The behaviour of those linked with these incidents is appalling and extremely dangerous to road users. The operation aims to prevent further offences and detect suspects to ensure there are no serious injuries on our roadways connected with these attacks.”

The operation has a range of key activities, ranging from dedicated resources, intelligence reviews and the identification of people of interest to police.

“Throughout the operation, SAPOL will be directing resources including general patrols, bicycle patrols, mounted and dog operations as well as using the police helicopter,” said Assistant Commissioner Dickson.

“Those detected committing any offences will be held accountable for their actions,” he said.

“They face offences ranging from ‘throw missile’ to ‘acts to endanger life’ that can carry a term of imprisonment up to 18 years.”

“This remains a significant focus for SAPOL and we will do everything within our resources and powers to ensure we detect any offences,” he said.

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity on or around the Southern Expressway is advised to contact the Police Assistance Line immediately on 131 444. With timely information to police, we can provide a direct response and prevent future attacks.

- SAPOL

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