Volcanic craters widen at Piparo

The frac­tures around the Pi­paro vol­cano are con­tin­u­ing to widen while in­creased gaseous emis­sions are be­ing record­ed by geo­sci­en­tists who are mon­i­tor­ing the vol­cano on a week­ly ba­sis.

In prepa­ra­tion for an im­pend­ing erup­tion, all State agen­cies met for a plan­ning ses­sion at the Pi­paro Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre on Thurs­day.

Piparo mud volcano acts up, homes, roads damaged

Piparo residents are on standby to evacuate their homes after what some residents say was an eruption at the mud volcano late Saturday. 

Residents posted to Facebook that the eruption took place at approximately 10:08pm.

However, in a post to his Facebook page, Princes Town MP Barry Padarath said "I can confirm that the Volcano did not erupt and no one is being evacuated up to 11:35 pm tonight."

There are reports of major cracks to the roadway and to homes near Pancho Trace.

Piparo man held with gun, drugs

One man was arrested and a revolver and quantities of cocaine and marijuana seized, by officers of the Southern Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Princes Town district yesterday morning.

The exercise, which included officers of the Princes Town and Barrackpore Criminal Investigations Departments, was conducted on Tuesday, during which a search warrant was executed at the Stone Road, Piparo home of a 49-year-old labourer.

Police seize 6,800 bullets, five high-powered weapons in Piparo raid

Police have seized five high-powered guns and a whopping 6,800 rounds of ammunition in a raid carried out in Piparo on Saturday.

The vast array of .22 and .25 ammunition were stored in boxes and biscuit containers and represents one of the largest hauls made by police in this country.

Officers of the Criminal Intelligence Division and the Criminal Gang Intelligence Unit carried out the raid at the Piparo house, after acting on information.

Rifles and shot guns were among the weapons seized.

Three men were arrested in the operation.