26 Nov 2012

Police in Solomon Islands hunt crocodile bothering deaf students

2:25 pm on 26 November 2012

The head of a school for deaf students at Aruligo north west of the Solomon Islands capital says police officers from the regional assistance mission are still hunting a large crocodile in the area.

Brother George van der Sant says the animal, which is almost three metres long, was first seen in the sea in front of his San Isidro Care Centre just over a week ago.

He says the crocodile spent a day swimming up and down the beach about 10 metres from shore while students were preparing a feast.

Brother George says the crocodile population has built up since the surrender of all guns to RAMSI several years ago.

"The difficulty here is that our students are deaf. They can't hear anything, even the warnings or something. The idea that a crocodile is in front of you is not nice."

Brother George says it took RAMSI two days to respond to his request for police officers to come and kill the crocodile.