POLICE have issued a stern warning to individuals who illegally burn sugar cane.
Sounding the warning to would-be offenders, Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Ioane Naivalurua said he had given a directive to every police officer to deal with these individuals.
"Every police officer has been given the authority to take any individual who is found guilty of committing such a crime to task," he said.
"I can assure you that all burning of sugar cane farms will be investigated by our officers.
"And if it is found that someone is being mischievous and setting these farms on fire, we will take that person to task.
"We are urging these people to stop this stupidity or they will face the consequences of their actions."
Brigadier-General Naivalurua also urged community members to assist police in bringing the culprits to justice.
"Under the Duavata Community Policing model, we are asking all of our community members to work with police to find these people. I am urging those who live in the cane belt area to work with police because this is a community initiative and justice can only be achieved if we work together."