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Sudden Death of 47-Year-Old Robert A. Vaughan

Wed, 2022-06-08

The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 47-year-old Robert A. Vaughan and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

It appears that around 2pm Tuesday, 7th June 2022 Mr. Vaughan, a local elevator technician, was working inside a 10th floor room at Seon Place, Front Street, City of Hamilton when he fell off a ladder, striking his head.

Despite lifesaving efforts as he was rushed unconscious to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, Mr. Vaughan was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police officers then attended Seon Place to conduct initial inquiries, along with a Government Occupational Safety & Health official.

The investigation regarding this fatal industrial incident is ongoing.

An autopsy is anticipated, but foul play is not suspected.

Reported Two Vehicle Collision in Southampton

Mon, 2022-06-06

Around 3:50pm on Monday 6th June 2022, police and other first responders were dispatched to a report of a two vehicle collision on Middle Road, near the junction with Peppercorn Lane in Southampton.

Initial reports suggest that a 72 year-old woman was traveling west along Middle Road when she lost control of her vehicle and crossed into the east bound lane, striking a residential wall. As a result, the wall collapsed with debris falling onto another car which was traveling east.

The woman was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries, the extent of which is not known at this time.

Police are currently on scene diverting traffic, using a single lane system. Traffic delays should be expected. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes, until the vehicles and major debris have been cleared from the road.

Reported Single Vehicle Car Crash In Devonshire [Updated]

Sat, 2022-06-04

Around 9:30am Saturday, 4th June 2022, a reported single vehicle car crash occurred along Middle Road, Devonshire in the vicinity of Fort Hill Road.

Details are limited at this time. However, it appears that the car involved struck a wall.

Traffic diversions are currently in effect at Montpelier Road and Orange Valley Road until further notice, while the scene is processed.

Any witnesses are encouraged to call 211.

Update: Traffic diversions are no longer in effect at Montpelier Road and Orange Valley Road in Devonshire.

Inquiries continue regarding the circumstances of this morning’s reported single vehicle car crash in the Middle Road, Fort Hill Road Devonshire area.

The driver is believed to have sustained head and neck injuries. An update on their medical condition is anticipated in due course.

Once again, any witnesses are encouraged to call 211.

Update: Monday, 6th JuneIt now appears that the car involved was being driven west along Middle Road, Devonshire around 9:30am Saturday, 4th June 2022 when it struck a wall near the junction with Fort Hill Road.

The driver, said to be a 40-year-old Devonshire man, had to be assisted out of the vehicle by Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service personnel as well as ambulance personnel.

He was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance and apparently received treatment for head, neck and chest pain, before being discharged later that day.

Inquiries continue and witnesses or members of the public with any information are still encouraged to call 211.

Renewed Scam Advisory: Alleged U.S. $800,000 Prize From ‘Samsung’

Wed, 2022-06-01

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is once again advising members of the public that if you receive a message from unknown persons suggesting that you have won a large sum of money, it is more than likely a fraud and should be ignored.

A variation of a classic scam currently circulating claims U.S. $800,000 in prize money from ‘Samsung’ has been won.

More recently, in an effort to further validate the scam, the fraudsters have managed to convince a Bermudian male to post a misleading video on social media stating that the prize draw is legitimate. In addition, the fraudsters are informing recipients that they must keep their ‘winnings’ secret.

The BPS is aware of one elderly local man who has been involved in the fraudulent scheme for over 12 months and has so far sent $65,000 in cash and iTunes cards, before reporting the matter to police. It is suspected that overseas fraudsters have swindled more local residents.

How it Works

The recipients are usually contacted via WhatsApp and informed that they are the winner of an $800,000 prize draw. Of note, more often than not, the WhatsApp contact number has a +234 prefix telephone code, which means that the senders originate in Nigeria.

The recipients are then shown a briefcase containing cash via video and are assured that a representative is currently on-island to deliver the cash to the recipients.

However, prior to delivering the cash, the recipients are directed to purchase numerous Apple iTunes cards locally, in order to satisfy delivery fees.

Once purchased, the recipients are instructed to reveal the unique number located at the back of every iTunes card and send a photograph of each number via WhatsApp back to the senders.

The fraudsters (senders) then quickly redeem the value of the cards before the recipient realises that they are being scammed.

Advice

•          Report any suspected scam you may be involved in to the BPS non-emergency number at 211 or via e-mail to 211@bps.bm. Provide as much information as you can.

•          If any credit / debit cards or other account details have been provided, contact your local bank as soon as possible.

•          No legitimate organisation demands payment of any fees via the purchase of iTunes cards.

•          Block all WhatsApp contact from calls originating out of Nigeria, or any other unknown contact. Here is WhatsApp’s guide on how to block calls and messages.

•          Be aware of scams involving Apple iTunes cards. Here is what Apple says about gift card scams.

Proactive Policing Results in Loaded Firearm & Quantity of Drugs Seized

Mon, 2022-05-30

Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro (Crime Division) – “At 10pm on Thursday 26th May, 2022, uniform officers were conducting lawful road checks in the vicinity of Horseshoe Bay, Southampton.

They had cause to stop a private car containing a 40-year-old male and a 29-year-old female. A search of their vehicle uncovered a loaded firearm and a quantity of suspected controlled drugs, assessed to be a sufficient amount for supply.

Both persons were arrested and detained at Hamilton Police Station.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Carrying or possessing a firearm carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 12- 17 years in prison on conviction in the Supreme Court, and a term of imprisonment of up to seven years on conviction in the Magistrates’ Court, for a first time offender.

Possessing a firearm in Bermuda is a serious matter and anyone found in possession of a firearm will very likely go to prison.

We take matters relating to guns very seriously, and will use the latest forensic and evidential techniques available to catch and convict persons possessing and using firearms.

Please be warned that our officers are actively tasked with catching persons involved in this activity, and we will take steps to ensure that the full force of the law is utilized to achieve this.

We NEED members of our community to continue helping us to make Bermuda safer. If you know about anyone with a firearm, please call us directly on 211, or call the independent and anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.”

Single Vehicle Car Crash in Devonshire: Woman Driver Injured [Updated]

Sun, 2022-05-29

Around 12:00pm on Sunday 29th May, police officers on patrol, came across a single vehicle collision on Middle Road, Devonshire in the area of the U.S. Consulate General.

Initial information suggests that a woman driving a private motorcar was travelling in an easterly direction, when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a utility pole.

The woman, who is believed to be the only occupant in the vehicle, was transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital via ambulance, for treatment of head and neck injuries.

Traffic is currently being diverted at Montpelier Road and Flora Duffy Hill, while police process the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact PC Tashun Simons on 211 or email tsimons2@bps.bm.

Update: Monday, 30th MayThe driver of a car hurt when the vehicle struck a utility pole on Middle Road in Devonshire near the junction with Montpelier Road around 12 noon Sunday, 29th May 2022, said to be a 37-year-old Pembroke woman, was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

She was later arrested on suspicion of impaired driving and released on police bail, pending further inquiries.

Traffic was diverted for approximately two hours while the scene was processed. Any witnesses are once again asked to call Constable Tashun Simons on 211 or e-mail tsimons2@bps.bm.

Injured Teen Male Continues to Recover After Suspected Motorcycle Crash

Sun, 2022-05-29

A male teenager who sustained head and facial injuries as well as abrasions to his body in a suspected motorcycle crash on Friday evening continues to recover in hospital.

He is now understood to be a 17-year-old Southampton resident.

As of Saturday afternoon (28th May), the young man had been transferred from the Intensive Care Unit to a general ward to continue recuperating and is likely to be discharged from the hospital in due course.

Inquiries are ongoing regarding the circumstances of the suspected motorcycle crash, which occurred around 6:45pm Friday, 27th May 2022 on Camp Hill Road, Southampton near Fork Lane, leaving the teen injured and unresponsive lying in the road.

Constable Rajiv Bailey is still interested in speaking with anyone that has information regarding this incident and renews the appeal for those that can assist to call 211 or e-mail rbailey@bps.bm as soon as possible.

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