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Reported Armed Robbery at Washington Mall Gold Standard Store [Updated]

Wed, 2020-01-29

Around 9:30am today (Wednesday, January 29th), two men wearing dark coloured clothing and dark coloured helmets with tinted visors rode up to the eastern entrance of the Washington Mall in the City of Hamilton – parked their motorcycle at the entrance, made their way to the Gold Standard store and began smashing the display cases and removing items of jewellery.

During the incident, there were two members of staff inside the business.

Reminder: Alarming Census Social Media Message Not for Bermuda

Wed, 2020-01-29

The Bermuda Police Service is aware that an alarming social media message warning residents about a group of individuals pretending to verify data for a Government census, only to steal from homes, is recirculating locally – but is still not relevant for Bermuda.

START OF UNVERIFIED VIRAL MESSAGE

“Hi Security Alert: Be warned, there is a group going to homes and pretending to be officials from home affairs.

Three Motorists Arrested on Suspicion of Impaired Driving

Mon, 2020-01-27

Three motorists were arrested on suspicion of impaired driving from the evening of Friday, January 24th until the evening of Sunday, January 26th, with road sobriety checkpoints conducted in seven parishes (Hamilton parish, Smith’s parish, Devonshire, Pembroke, Paget, Warwick and Southampton) during this past weekend.

While there are no road sobriety checkpoints scheduled for this coming weekend, members of the public are urged not to drive or ride under the influence as police officers conducting their regular patrols will be on the lookout for any offences, including impaired driving.

Witness Appeal After 28 Year Old Man Hurt in Reported Motorcycle Crash

Sun, 2020-01-26

Around 8:40pm Friday, January 24th police and fellow first responders were dispatched to a reported single vehicle motorcycle crash in Devonshire.

It appears that a passing female motorist found a 28 year old Pembroke man lying in the road – injured and unconscious, but breathing – along Middle Road in Devonshire, near the junction with Montpelier Road. She then called emergency services for assistance.

Police Actively Searching Various Locations for 14 Year Old Destiny Winters [Located]

Fri, 2020-01-24

Police officers are actively searching various locations for 14 year old Destiny Winters today (Friday, January 24th), after she left her designated Government Care Facility without permission around 9:15pm Thursday, January 23rd.

So far the teen has not been located. However, efforts to confirm Destiny’s whereabouts and wellbeing are ongoing.

Destiny is described as brown complexioned, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall of medium build, weighing around 130 pounds with shoulder length curly hair.

She was last seen wearing a black jacket, army green pants, white socks and black slippers and is known to frequent locations in Pembroke including Fentons Drive, Parsons Road, St. Augustine Hill, Middletown, One Way Deepdale and The Glebe Road.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of 14 year old Destiny Winters is urged to immediately call police on 295-0011 or her designated Government Care Facility on 292-3699.

The public is reminded that harbouring a juvenile is an offence punishable under the law.

Update: Saturday, January 25th - Destiny Winters has been located and safely returned.

Commissioner, Minister of National Security: No Murders In 2019 Joint Statement

Thu, 2020-01-23

Stephen Corbishley, The Commissioner of Police, today advised that 2019 was the first time in over 20 years that no homicides were recorded in Bermuda, with the belief that this position could actually be even longer subject to examination of archive crime records.

Commissioner Corbishley stated: 

"2019 saw tremendous work by the BPS and the Government’s Anti-Gang Task Force in preventing the risk of serious violence, particularly in regards to gun crime, across the island.

Last year not one life was lost through homicide which is testament to those involved in protecting the public and dealing with small parts of our community who choose to be involved in gang related crime. Additionally, we recorded just 2 firearms related injuries and whilst this is still extremely serious, it pales against the recording of 28 firearms related injuries 10 years ago.

However, tackling this problem is complex and involves significant resources to intervene in tensions and ensure we prevent the supply and use of guns and other weapons.

Additionally, we see increasing numbers of young men want to turn away from crime and there is excellent support from Pastor Bean and others to assist them.

But last year’s position cannot leave to complacency and whilst it is an excellent achievement, the same, if not more effort, needs to continue in order to prevent the senseless loss of any life and instead create pathways for young men involved in gangs, drug dealing and other forms of crime to redirect their lives.

The key for this is to continue a strong partnership between Government, Police and local communities."

Police Focus Efforts on Locating 14 Year Old Destiny Winters [Located]

Wed, 2020-01-22

Police officers continued their search for 14 year old Destiny Winters today (Wednesday, January 22nd), 12 days after she left her designated Government Care Facility without permission on the evening of Friday, January 10th.

Tuesday night (January 21st) police officers – following leads regarding her possible whereabouts – checked a location in Warwick, but Destiny was not located.

Earlier this morning (Wednesday, January 22nd) police officers also checked a location in Sandys parish, to no avail.

However, efforts to confirm Destiny’s whereabouts and wellbeing are ongoing.

The Bermuda Police Service thanks the media and members of the public that have supported police efforts to locate the teen, and reiterates the importance of finding the CedarBridge Academy student promptly.

As a reminder, Destiny is described as brown complexioned, approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing around 130 pounds with her hair said to be dyed black, short and curly.

She was last seen wearing a black rain jacket, shorts as well as black Nike sneakers and is known to frequent locations in Pembroke including Fentons Drive, Parsons Road, St. Augustine Hill, Middletown, One Way Deepdale and The Glebe Road.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of 14 year old Destiny Winters is urged to immediately call police on 295-0011 or her designated Government Care Facility on 292-3699.

Update: 14 year old Destiny Winters has been located and returned to the care of the Department of Child and Family Services.

Thank you all for your kind assistance in ensuring her safe return.

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