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Court Street Shooting: Two Men Injured, Investigation Underway

Mon, 2021-08-02

Chief Inspector Peter Stableford (Officer in Charge, Serious Crime Unit) – “Good afternoon everyone. It’s unfortunate again that eight days later, a second shooting here on Court Street. This one has happened at 1:45pm today (Monday, 2nd August).

Two persons have been injured. They are being treated for their injuries at the hospital at the moment.

The hospital is in lockdown. Again, this is the very early stages of this. We’re looking at every option as to what the cause and motives are.

I know everyone likes to speculate as to whether it’s gang related. We just don’t know at this time, but we’re not ruling anything out.

The only information I have at the moment is that it was two persons in dark clothing on a motorcycle; they’ve come along Tills Hill, shot at two males sat on the wall at the side of the road and driven off again.

Anyone that has any information, again – I made this appeal last week – people just aren’t coming forward. People see what happens, but they’re not speaking with us. We need that assistance and the public’s help to target these individuals and to bring these individuals to justice.

Acting Commissioner Simons Addresses Recent Assaults on Police Officers

Mon, 2021-08-02

The return of the Cup Match Classic and the festive mood this brings was a welcomed addition to the summer calendar. Things went pretty smoothly at the game.

In addition to officers arresting a man carrying a suspected firearm (not part of the Somerset motorcade), other incidents over the long holiday weekend required a police response.

Troublingly, the safety of our officers was threatened as they were assaulted by members of the public whilst bravely performing their duty.

This meant officers had to take protective measures for their safety and the safety of others.

Witness Appeal After Reported Stabbing Incident at John Smith's Bay

Sun, 2021-08-01

Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Sunday 1st August, 2021, police attended John Smith’s Bay following reports of a stabbing incident. 

It appears several individuals had earlier gathered at that location for a birthday celebration.

However, it is understood an altercation broke out around 12:30 a.m. and resulted in a twenty-year-old male and two nineteen-year-old females, being injured with what was believed to be a bladed article.

They were each conveyed via private vehicle to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where they were attended to for their injuries which were deemed to be non-life threatening. 

At last check, the male victim along with one of the female victims were discharged, while the other female victim remained hospitalised.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or, may have cell phone footage of the incident, to please contact 211, the Criminal Investigation Department at 247-1744, or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477.

Firearm Seized & Suspect Arrested

Sat, 2021-07-31

At approximately 6:00 pm on Saturday 31st July 2021, police officers were regulating the flow of traffic during the Somerset Cricket Club celebratory motorcade.

As the motorcade arrived at the St. George’s Cricket Club, police officers' attention was drawn to a man riding a motorcycle in an erratic manner on Wellington Slip Road, St. George.

Officers stopped the man and issued him various moving violation tickets.

They attempted to arrest him for an outstanding warrant. However, he violently resisted and the officers deployed their Taser to subdue him.

During a subsequent search, the suspect was found to be in possession of a firearm. Officers seized the firearm for forensic examination and the suspect was taken into police custody.

Police are aware that a number of individuals recorded the incident on their mobile phones.

We are appealing for witnesses to this incident to come forward and provide any footage obtained.

We ask that anyone with information, contact Senior Investigating Officer, Acting Inspector, Jason Smith on 717-0864.

Noise Complaints Received Regarding Bernard Park Event

Sat, 2021-07-31

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) has received a number of noise complaints as a result of the volume level of music played during an event which took place at Bernard Park in the early hours of this morning.

The organisers co-operated with police following requests to turn down the music in light of those complaints from nearby residents.

A noise permit was granted, as is required for events of this nature.

That notwithstanding, the BPS will ensure that music at such events is played at a volume level which will allow for the enjoyment of participants, but not adversely affect the peace and quiet of surrounding neighbourhoods. Particularly during the early morning hours.

Acting Commissioner's Post Cup Match Statement

Sat, 2021-07-31

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) would like to congratulate the Somerset Cricket Club, on winning Cup Match 2021 and retaining the coveted cup following an exciting and entertaining game at the Wellington Oval in St George's.

Kudos to Neil Paynter and the management of the St. George's Cricket Club for putting on the event and helping return the island to some measure of normalcy in the face of difficult circumstances created by continued efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Acting Police Commissioner Darrin Simons said, “The partnership between the BPS and the two clubs worked to ensure this year’s Cup Match was a success, particularly from a public order perspective.

There were no incidents requiring police involvement at the grounds and we would like to also thank the spectators for their cooperation during the two day event.

It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Emancipation day, Mary Prince day along with old Cup Match rivalries, in an atmosphere of safety and enjoyment.”

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