Mbonege Beach put on Alert after Crocodile Sightings

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Popular Mbonege beach, west of Honiara.

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has issued a general warning to the surrounding communities at Mbonege Beach, following sighting of crocodile over the past weeks.

Police Commissioner Matthew Varley said recently police have responded to a report of a crocodile sightings around the waterways at the Mbonege beach.

Mr Varley said currently they are ongoing searches been carried however they have failed to locate or destroy the crocodile.

He said locals have told police officers that it’s normal to spot crocodiles after rain periods especially around the Mbonege river mouth and beachfront.

Meanwhile, Mr Varley said it is advisable to keep a look out especially for the safety of the children and swimmers around the beach location.

He added instructions have been issued on how to report to police when any crocodile is sighted so that police can attend to destroy it.

In previous police conferences, Deputy Commissioner, Juanita Matanga confirmed that it is a grave concern to noticed the increasing number of crocodiles attacks throughout the country.

“Crocodiles have caused threats to the security and wellbeing of communities and individuals especially after several deaths have been recorded as a result of crocodile attacks,” she said.

She said if anyone has any sightings of the deadly reptile, they should report the matter to any nearest police station or call the police communication centre so that police can take action and get rid of it.

There were previous confirmed media reports of crocodile attacks that resulted in the deaths of children in the country.