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Two Suspects Arrested in Connection With Northlands Primary Incident

Tue, 2022-12-06

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with that assault which took place at the Northlands Primary School, last Friday.

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) wishes to thank the public for their assistance leading to these arrests.

However, the BPS still wants to hear from anyone who may have information about the incident or who may have come to the assistance of the victim.

Anyone with information on this incident, is asked to call Detective Sergeant Seymour Foote on the following numbers 717-2282, 247-1154, the main police number 295-0011, or the non-emergency reporting number 211. You may also email Sergeant Foote at sfoote@bps.bm.

Northlands Primary School Incident Witness Appeal [Updated]

Mon, 2022-12-05

At 3:15 p.m., on Friday, December 2nd, 2022, police received a report of an incident at Northlands Primary School, Pembroke.

The caller stated he had parked his motorcycle in the school parking and was approached by the two males. An argument which ensued eventually became physical and resulted in a forty-two-year-old suffering a wound to the head as well as facial injuries.

He was transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he received treatment for his injuries and was subsequently released.

The two suspects said to be twin brothers, left the area on foot, shortly after the incident. They are described as light complexioned, slim built, and approximately 5’ 10” tall. One of the suspects sports dreadlocks, the other had his hair braided.

At the time of the incident they were both dressed in grey hoodies, grey sweat pants and black neck scarves.

Anyone with information on this incident, is asked to call Detective Sergeant Seymour Foote on the following numbers 717-2282, 247-1154, the main police number 295-0011, or the non-emergency reporting number 211. You may also email Sergeant Foote at sfoote@bps.bm.

We are particularly interested in hearing from nearby residents who have CCTV cameras as they may have recorded the incident or footage of the suspects arriving at or leaving the scene.

Update: Tuesday, 6th DecemberTwo suspects have been arrested in connection with that assault which took place at the Northlands Primary School, last Friday.

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) wishes to thank the public for their assistance leading to these arrests.

However, the BPS still wants to hear from anyone who may have information about the incident or who may have come to the assistance of the victim.

Anyone with information on this incident, is asked to call Detective Sergeant Seymour Foote on the following numbers 717-2282, 247-1154, the main police number 295-0011, or the non-emergency reporting number 211. You may also email Sergeant Foote at sfoote@bps.bm.

Operation Vega Update 7th November - 5th December 2022

Mon, 2022-12-05

During the period Monday, November 7th 2022, to Monday, December 5th, 2022, 428 tickets were issued for traffic offences.  That’s down from 702 in the previous reporting period.  In addition, this reporting period saw 48 Motorist Advice Notices, (MANs), which are official written warnings given to motorists by police officers, issued. A reduction from 68 in the previous reporting period.

Of note, 7,869 traffic offence tickets have been issued since the commencement of Operation Vega, on July 6th, 2021.

Addressing these results, Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell of the BPS Tactical Support Division, indicated: “The numbers continue to demonstrate the commitment of the Bermuda Police Service (BPS), to this initiative, geared toward making our roads safer.

We are indeed seeing good results with fewer traffic infractions being reported.

However, Impaired driving continues to be an area of major concern with 12 arrests for this offence in the last month. For the year so far, there have been 180 arrests for driving whilst impaired. For the same period in 2021, that figure stood at 121.”

Mr. Cardwell also expressed concern about dangerous driving practises. “Driving without due care and attention and dangerous driving continues to be prolific particularly during the early morning commute. Such actions create a bad driving/riding experience for other road users.  We urge you to leave home a little earlier to avoid taking unnecessary risks which could lead to serious injury, or worse.”

The BPS wishes to remind the public of the guidelines regarding illegal license plates, as well as illegal tint.

Make sure your vehicle is properly licensed and insured. Also please ensure that your driver’s license is current.

The break-down of traffic offences reported is as follows:

Speeding                                          204 (-99) - Speeds range from 59 kph to 81 kph.  

Impaired Driving Arrests               12

Traffic Sign                                       29 (-126)                 

Unlicensed Vehicle                         57 (-29)                  

No third party insurance               50 (-20)           

No Driver’s license                         36 (-2)      

Manner of driving                           8 (-10)

Disqualified driver                           3 (+1)                     

Seatbelt                                             2 (+2)                       

Helmet                                               2 (-13)               

Handheld device                              3 (+1)

Fail to give name/address              0 (0)

Fail to Stop                                        2 (-2)

Fraud Documents                             1 (-3)

Defective Vehicle                              5 (+4)

Making False Statement                 0 (-0)

License Plate offence                     14 (+12)

Tint Offence                                     7

Youth License Offence                   2

Single Vehicle Car Crash in Southampton

Mon, 2022-12-05

Around 1:20pm on Monday 5th December 2022, Police and other first responders attended a report of a single vehicle collision along Riviera Road, Southampton.

Initial information suggests that a 67 year old man driving a motorcar and his 62 year old female passenger were exiting a private drive, where it is believed the driver may have suffered a medical episode  and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn.

The female passenger was able to free herself from the vehicle, however, the male driver who was unresponsive at the time, had to be extracted from the vehicle by Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service. 

Both victims were taken by ambulance to KEMH for treatment of their injuries, the extent of which is not known at this time.

Anyone who may have witnessed, or has information about this collision, is asked to contact PC Rajiv Bailey on 211 or email rbailey@bps.bm.

Commissioner Darrin Simons Responds to Advocacy Groups’ Concerns

Fri, 2022-12-02

Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons - "The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) welcomes and appreciates the concerns expressed by advocates, in relation to an article in today’s edition of the daily newspaper, regarding the outcome of a recent court matter involving Police Constable Simons.

The BPS does not condone the actions to which he pleaded guilty and that has understandably led to disquiet among the community.

It never should have happened.

We condemn the actions of that officer in the strongest possible terms.

Particularly, as it undermines our continued efforts to strengthen the critical relationship between the community and the police.

However, natural justice processes must be followed in determining the final disposition of the officer. We therefore ask for the public to be patient as the process takes place.

Failure on the part of the BPS to follow principles of natural justice in our decision-making may result in legal and or financial repercussions.

I wish to once again state, the BPS welcomes feedback and views from advocacy groups representing any sector of the community. This provides opportunity for discussion and understanding for all."

Recent Road Traffic Collisions Update

Thu, 2022-12-01

Shortly before 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday 30th November 2022, police received reports of a serious road traffic collision involving two auxiliary cycles near the intersection of Ord Road and Tribe Road number one, Warwick.

A 17-year-old male rider was travelling towards Ord Road and stopped at a stop sign, with the intention to cross the roadway and continue north on Tribe Road number one.

At that time, a 76-year-old female was riding west on Ord Road, and the two vehicles collided.

The woman, who was unresponsive following the collision, was transported by an ambulance which was nearby, before the arrival of police.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call PC 2393 Thompson on 717-2393, the main police number, 295-0011 or e-mail, tthompson@bps.bm.

Subsequent checks by officers indicated she is now warded in the Intensive Care Unit.

Meanwhile, police are investigating a single vehicle, road traffic collision, which occurred near the junction of Crow Lane and Lane Hill, Pembroke, around 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, 30-Nov-2022.

Upon arrival officers ascertained a 69-year-old male riding a motorcycle was travelling in a southerly direction along East Broadway.

As he approached the junction of Lane Hill, he lost control of the bike and hit the kerb.

This caused the motorcycle to swerve and the rider to fall off the bike, which landed on top of him.

Ambulance personnel arrived and conveyed the victim to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for further medical treatment for injuries which are said to be non-life-threatening.

The incident resulted in delays as traffic was diverted around the scene while it was being forensically processed.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact PC 2571 Howarth, via email, ehowarth@bps.bm, or, the main police number 295-0011.

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