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Reported Two Vehicle Collision in Southampton [Updated]

Mon, 2023-07-24

Around 5:35pm on Monday July 24th, police and other first responders were dispatched to a report of a two vehicle road traffic accident, involving a car and a truck on Middle Road Southampton, just west of Raynor’s Gas Station.

Details are limited, however one person has been transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment. The extent of the injuries is not known at this time.

Traffic is being diverted at Camp Hill Road, Scenic Heights and Middle Road / Southampton Princess.

Traffic delays are to be expected until the scene is cleared.

Update: At last check, the car driver hurt in a collision with a truck on Middle Road, Southampton near Williamsville Place around 5:35pm Monday, 24th July 2023, was understood to have sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Apparently the truck driver was unhurt. The car and truck involved, believed to be driven by a 28-year-old Southampton man and a 54-year-old Warwick man respectively, were said to be travelling in opposite directions at the time.

Any witnesses are asked to call 211.

Recruit Foundation Course 82 Passing Out Parade Recap

Sun, 2023-07-23

At 4pm Thursday, 20th July 2023 the Passing Out Parade for Recruit Foundation Course 82 took place at Police Headquarters in Prospect, Devonshire.

Nine Constables, consisting of three women and six men ranging in age from 20 to 45 years old were on parade, accompanied by the Bermuda Island Pipe Band under the command of Pipe Sergeant Aidan Stones. They were led by the Parade Commander and Drill Instructor Constable Peter-Paul Taylor.

The newest members of the Bermuda Police Service are:

Constable 2581 Bryanna Bell

Constable 2582 James Adams

Constable 2583 Kwensi Cann

Constable 2584 Christopher DeSilva

Constable 2585 Julian Johnson

Constable 2586 Raeshun Robinson

Constable 2587 Kelise Stewart

Constable 2588 Sandra Stowe

Constable 2589 Kyrun Zuill

Also of note:

Constable James Adams is the son of a long serving member of the Bermuda Police Service, retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Carlton Adams.

Constable Christopher DeSilva’s grandfather, Raymond DeSilva Sr., was a recruit on the very first Recruit Foundation Course and went on to serve for five years.

Constable Kyrun Zuill’s grandfather was also a serving Bermuda police officer.

Commissioner of Police Mr. Darrin Simons, on behalf of the men and women of the Bermuda Police Service, congratulated and welcomed the nine new officers into the Bermuda Police Service family.

Dignitaries in attendance included: Her Excellency the Governor, Ms. Rena Lalgie and Minister of National Security, the Hon. Michael Weeks, JP, MP. Both spoke at Thursday’s ceremony.

Special guests in attendance included: Deputy Opposition Leader, Mr. Jarion Richardson; Permanent Secretary for National Security, Lt. Col. Edward Lamb (Ret.); Commanding Officer of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, Lt. Col. Benjamin Beasley, BEM; Honorary Colonel of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, John David Gibbons O.B.E, E.D.; Collector of Customs, Mrs. Lucinda Pearman; Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms. Cindy Clarke, JP; Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Dana Lovell; Commissioner of Corrections, Ms. Keeva-Mae Joell-Benjamin; Assistant Commissioner of Corrections, Mr. Philip Downie; Commandant of the Bermuda Reserve Police, Mr. Ron-Michel Davis; President of the Ex-Police Officers Association, Mr. Calvin Smith; Chief Officer (Court and Security), Ryan Belboda; Assistant Police Chaplain, Constable Corville Hylton and Centre Against Abuse Executive Director Mrs. Laurie Shiell-Smith.

There were several awards presented during the ceremony. The awards and recipients were:

Athletic Awards - The Instructors Cup is an award that is given to the fastest male and female officer over the International 10 kilometre or 6 mile Flatts road running course.

The Instructors Cup was presented to Constable Bryanna Bell for the fastest time of 1 hour 5 minutes and 57 seconds in the female category.

The Instructors Cup was presented to Constable Kwensi Cann for the fastest time of 59 minutes and 18 seconds in the male category.

All Round Athlete & Physical Fitness Awards

Constable Bryanna Bell (female).

Constable James Adams (male).

Michael Mylod’s Cup – This award is for the best effort on the course and the officer who has made the most significant progress.

Awarded to Constable Kelise Stewart.

Charitable Presentation – It is a tradition of each Recruit Foundation Course to raise money in aid of a charity of their choice. All members of RFC 82 decided that the Centre Against Abuse would be the recipient of their charitable donation.

A cheque for $3,000 was presented to Mrs. Laurie Shiell-Smith, Executive Director of the Centre Against Abuse.

Academic Award – Awarded to Constable Christopher DeSilva, who achieved an overall test average of 91% over 11 exams.

Commissioner’s Shield – Awarded to Blue Syndicate, led by Training Centre staff member Constable Julia Swan; consisting of Constable Bryanna Bell, Constable James Adams, Constable Christopher DeSilva, Constable Raeshun Robinson  and Constable Kyrun Zuill.

The award was collected by Constable James Adams.

Baton of Honour – Awarded to Constable James Adams, who was selected as the most distinguished student officer by the Training Centre staff.

Motorcyclist & Two Pedestrians Hurt in Front Street Collision

Sun, 2023-07-23

Around 1:15am Saturday, 22nd July 2023, a collision occurred involving a motorcyclist and two pedestrians on Front Street in the City of Hamilton, near the junction with Burnaby Street.

A local male rider, as well as a visiting male pedestrian and a visiting female pedestrian, were injured.

All three were transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment.

At last check the three injured individuals, all understood to be in their 20s, were receiving medical care at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The scene was processed and police officers have already spoken with a number of witnesses.

Inquiries continue by the investigating officer, Sergeant Dominique Simons.

Sudden Death of 68-Year-Old Calvin Thomas

Thu, 2023-07-20

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the sudden death of 68-year-old Calvin Thomas and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

The Devonshire resident’s lifeless body was found floating in the waters off of North Shore Road, Devonshire around 6:40pm Saturday, 15th July 2023.

An autopsy has since ruled out foul play and confirmed that Mr. Thomas tragically drowned.

A BPS Family Liaison Officer continues to provide relevant support to his loved ones.

General Safety Reminder Regarding Children During Summer Break

Wed, 2023-07-19

With a variety of summer programmes involving a number of children currently underway, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) reminds residents of some general safety advice.

Water Activities

Children should never be left unsupervised near a pool or the ocean. Responsible adults need to properly supervise children at all times when on the beaches and shorelines as well as around public and private pools. Children, especially young ones, can get into trouble quickly, even in shallow water.

While deemed by some a cultural rite of passage, cliff diving is a very dangerous activity and should be avoided. Many young lives have been forever changed as a result of cliff diving incidents gone wrong. When at the beach, check to see if there are lifeguards on duty or, at the very least, if a flotation device with an attached lanyard is nearby, which can be thrown to anyone experiencing difficulty in the water. Children who are not strong swimmers should use personal floatation aids if going swimming.

Personal life jackets should be worn on all boats - especially with children and those who cannot swim. Also, have at the least one life jacket for each boat passenger. Avoid having children sit on the bow (front) of any boat, especially small fast powerboats where a large wake or quick stop could lead to serious injury.

Traffic Awareness

Children also require adult supervision if walking near traffic (especially when in groups) and should always walk on the sidewalk, if possible. Motorists are asked to be especially vigilant near playgrounds and homes, as children playing in those areas may run out into the road without warning. Never allow children to play in the road.

Safety is the Top Priority

Children should be reassured that they can speak with a trusted adult if they feel uncomfortable in any situation. Adults, including summer programme staff, can help ensure a safer summer for Bermuda’s children by being vigilant and reporting any concerns or suspicious circumstances to the BPS by calling 211, or 911 in an emergency.

Reported Serious Single Vehicle Collision on Pitts Bay Road [Updated]

Wed, 2023-07-19

Around 12:20am on 19 July, police and other first responders were dispatched to a report of a serious single vehicle collision on Pitts Bay Road, near the junction with Turnstile Lane, Pembroke.

Initial information suggests that a man on a livery cycle, was traveling north on Pitts Bay Road, when he lost control of the  vehicle, causing him to strike a wall and utility pole.

The man was transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital,  for treatment of possible head injuries.

A section of Pitts Bay Road was closed for just over an hour, while police processed the scene. 

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision is asked to call 211 or 295-0011.

Update: 20th July - At last check the rider hurt in a single vehicle rental scooter collision on Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke near Turnstile Lane around 12:20am Wednesday, 19th July 2023, was being treated at the hospital for injuries understood to be non-life threatening.

Apparently, the 38-year-old visiting American man was expected to be discharged from the hospital in due course, after receiving relevant medical care.

Teen Remains in Hospital Following Sandys Parish Disturbance

Mon, 2023-07-17

Detectives continue their inquiries into a reported large disturbance that occurred around 12:10am Saturday, 15th July 2023 on Somerset Road in Sandys parish, near Cambridge Road.

Initial information indicated that three men, now understood to be a 37-year-old, a 34-year-old and a 19-year-old were injured, treated at hospital and later discharged.

However, it has since been confirmed that only the two older men were discharged from the hospital after medical care. At last check the 19-year-old man remained at the hospital, receiving medical treatment for what are understood to be non-life threatening injuries at this time.

The witness appeal continues and investigators are still keen to speak with anyone who was in the Somerset Road, Cambridge Road Sandys parish area around 12:10am Saturday, 15th July 2023.

Members of the public with relevant information are once again encouraged to call Detective Sergeant Odessa Philip on 717-2193, e-mail or call the Criminal Investigations Department on 247-1744.

Alternatively, those that can assist are encouraged to speak to a police officer they know, or provide an anonymous tip by calling the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline, 800-8477.



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