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BPS Aware of Unverified Social Media Message Titled ‘Stay Safe Ladies’

Thu, 2021-07-01

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is aware of an unverified message being circulated on social media titled ‘Stay Safe Ladies.’

However, the BPS is not aware of any similar incidents of sexual assault reported to police recently.

Nonetheless, the BPS Vulnerable Persons Unit would like to reiterate that any incidents of sexual assault should be reported at the earliest opportunity.

In addition, anyone going out socialising is reminded to consider the following safety advice.

If you are in the company of people you do not know very well, do not let your drink out of your sight.

While out socialising, do not accept drinks from unknown individuals.

Alcohol impairs your judgment. Always have a friend with you - use the buddy system.

BPS Commends Peaceful COVID-19 Restrictions Protest Rally

Wed, 2021-06-30

The Bermuda Police Service, (BPS), wishes to commend those members of the public who participated in yesterday’s protest rally at the Cabinet Office, for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves.

Chief Inspector Alex Rollin – Community Policing Division, said: “The organisers were in constant contact with the Bermuda Police Service in the lead-up to yesterday’s event.

They kept us abreast of what their plans were for the day and assured us there would be neither encouragement nor tolerance of any illegal activity or untoward behaviour.

The rally passed without incident and the police presence at the Cabinet Office Grounds was therefore kept at a minimum, with officers engaging only in crowd control duties.”

As we have stated in the past the BPS supports peaceful protest, as long as such protest is done within the confines of the law.

19-Year-Old Man Left Injured in the Road After Suspected Collision

Mon, 2021-06-28

Inquiries continue by the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) regarding the circumstances of a suspected collision, after a 19-year-old Southampton man is hospitalised.

Around 1:10am Saturday, 26th June, police, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service as well as ambulance personnel responded to a reported single vehicle collision on Palmetto Road in Devonshire, near the junction with Frog Lane.

Details remain limited at this time. However, it appears that on the arrival of first responders the 19-year-old Southampton man was found unconscious and injured, lying in the road with several individuals gathered around him.

He was tended to on site by EMTs before being transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for further treatment of facial, back and internal injuries.

A BPS Traffic Collision Investigator, along with Forensic Support Unit personnel, processed the scene.

This incident is believed to have involved a single motorcycle – but the vehicle involved was not found at the scene. It is also unclear if the injured teen was the rider or pillion passenger at the time of the incident.

Appeal for Witnesses After Man Sustains Serious Stab Wound

Mon, 2021-06-28

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is investigating a stabbing incident that occurred this past weekend, after a 25-year-old Sandys parish man attended the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Details are limited at this time. However, it is understood that the 25-year-old man sustained a serious stab wound to his chest – although at last check, the injury was described as not life threatening.

Around 2:50am Sunday, 27th June, police officers were dispatched to the hospital to make initial inquiries, but few details regarding the circumstances were available at that time.

It is believed that the Sandys parish resident was in the Somerset Road, Cambridge Road area late Saturday night and/or early Sunday morning, before being transported to hospital by a private car.

Sixth Road Fatality of 2021 [Updated]

Fri, 2021-06-25

At 10:00 a.m. today Friday 25th June, police received a 911 call reporting a serious road traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a motorcar, on Knapton Hill near Knapton Estate Road, Smith's parish.

Police and other first responders arrived to find the motorcycle rider, a 23-year-old-male, unresponsive and being attended to by members of the public.

EMTs quickly began performing CPR on the victim who was transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital where, sadly, he was subsequently pronounced dead.

The other vehicle involved in the collision, described only as “a black car”, left the scene before police arrived.

This incident is now being investigated as a fatal hit and run road traffic collision and police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle and its driver.

Anyone with information on this fatal collision, no matter how insignificant you think it to be, is asked to call PC Rawlins on 717-2123. You may also call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011.

This marks the island’s sixth road fatality for 2021.

Update & Ongoing Witness Appeal: Darrell’s Wharf Shooting

Wed, 2021-06-23

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can confirm that a 56-year-old man who was shot multiple times during a firearms incident which occurred around 7:30pm on Wednesday 16th June at Darrell’s Wharf in Warwick, has now been transferred from the Intensive Care Unit, to a general ward at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

As the investigation into this brazen daylight attack continues, detectives are renewing their appeal for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects, who escaped on a motorcycle.

16 Collisions Over Holiday Weekend Despite Ongoing Traffic Offences Focus

Tue, 2021-06-22

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell (Officer in Charge, Tactical Support Division) – “Despite an ongoing focus on traffic offences by the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) which saw more than 70 tickets issued over the National Heroes’ Day holiday weekend, a total of 16 collisions occurred during the same timeframe, ranging in severity from relatively minor to potentially life threatening. All 16 are under active investigation. It would appear that inattention and driving without due care were factors in most of these incidents.

To emphasise the continued efforts of the BPS, from Friday, 18th June through Monday, 21st June at least 77 tickets were issued for traffic offences, along with 24 motorist advice notices (official warnings). Of note, the Roads Policing Unit (RPU) handed out 57 speeding tickets during the period – as well as tickets for no driver’s licence, driving while disqualified and driving without due care. Road sobriety checkpoints were also in effect. However, only one person was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving as a result.

In addition, police officers responding to regular calls for service during this past holiday weekend issued another 20 traffic tickets for offences including speeding; disobeying a traffic sign; no driver’s licence; driving while disqualified; illegally towing a vehicle; permitting an unlicensed vehicle to be driven and driving without due care.

The most serious of the incidents involved:

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