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Police standby as district hosts new year's bash

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SEAQAQA in Macuata will once again welcome the new year in style with its second mardi gras scheduled to be held in the area tonight.

The first mardi gras was held last year with about 1000 people attending the event.

Tonight's event means tight police security not only at the event but also at the new year's countdown event in Labasa.

Northern police commander SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau said yesterday two teams would be on patrol tonight.

"One will be stationed in Labasa and the other one will be deployed to Seaqaqa to monitor the happenings at the mardi gras," he said.

"The police will be all out again walking the extra mile to ensure members of the community enjoy their new year's eve without mishap or criminal activities."

SSP Lutunacaucau earlier said officers were working 12-hour shifts as part of their festive season operations, which is likely to end in the middle of next month.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro earlier urged the public to enjoy the festive season responsibly.

She said police would closely monitor street parties and traffic movement during the new year festivities throughout the country.