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Break-In Discovered At Vanuatu Land Department
Police report no records stolen or removed

By Glenda Shing and Godwin Ligo

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Nov. 28, 2012) – There has been a second break-in at the Vanuatu Land Department in less than three weeks.

The second break-in into the Land Department took place in the early hours on yesterday morning according to a source within the Vanuatu Police Force.

When business opened as normal on Monday morning, the Land Department’s main entrance was closed with a notice stating the Land Department was closed due to police investigation into a reported break-in at Land Records and other departmental sections.

This is the second time in less than three weeks that the Land Department has been broken into.

Police in Port Vila worked throughout yesterday morning and into the afternoon carrying out investigation in the sections of the Land Department that were broken into.

A police source said no records were stolen or removed as checks with the assistance of the Land Department staff were carried out.

While the motive of the break-in could not immediately be established, it is believed that the break-in may be related to frustrations over land issues.

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