Police made over 30 arrests during Cup Match Weekend

The Bermuda Police Service wishes to thank the public for their cooperation during the just concluded Cup Match Holiday weekend, during which we also celebrated Emancipation Day and Mary Prince Day.

We would like to congratulate Somerset on their victory in the annual two-day classic and the contenders St. Georges, for providing a worthy challenge.

There were no untoward incidents reported at the Somerset Cricket Club during the match, nor were there any such reports at any of the other social events put on during the weekend.

However, sadly, we recorded our eighth road traffic fatality for the year over the long holiday weekend, with the loss of 22-year-old Troni Aisha Robinson-Burgess, who passed away following a road traffic collision involving two bikes on Thursday, July 28th.

A 21-year old female, the pillion passenger on the bike ridden by Ms. Robinson-Burgess, remains in hospital receiving treatment for injuries sustained in that collision. The 27-year-old male who rode the other bike involved, was also admitted to hospital for treatment for his injuries. He has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The Bermuda Police once again extends sincerest condolences to the family of Ms. Robinson-Burgess.

As part of a robust policing initiative implemented during the weekend, there were a number of arrests made during stop and search exercises carried out under Section 315-F of the Criminal Code. While the majority of these were for outstanding warrants, four of those arrested were for possession of bladed articles and two for possession of controlled drugs believed to be cannabis.

As we indicated there would be, a number of traffic checkpoints were set up at locations across the island. These resulted in five arrests for driving whilst impaired.

There were 31 total arrests made this past weekend.

• Breach of Peace – 2
• Warrant – 16
• Drugs – 2
• Wilful Damage – 1
• Bladed weapon – 4
• Threatening words – 2
• DUI – 5
• Burglary – 1

James Howard, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police – Operations, said: “While for the most part it was a relatively quiet holiday weekend as it pertains to criminal activity, the loss of yet another life on the island’s roads cannot go unnoticed. That coupled with the fact that there were multiple arrests for impaired driving is cause for serious concern from the entire community. We must do better.”

Mr. Howard added: “Also of note, is the number of bladed article arrests. As mentioned by my colleague, Antoine Daniels, Assistant Commissioner – Crime, in a recent interview, it appears there is a growing trend involving people arming themselves with knives and other bladed articles for protection and going out in public. As Mr. Daniels stated, rather than providing protection, this practice creates greater risk for the individual carrying such items as well as for members of the public who may intervene to quell a situation.”

Please be reminded that It is illegal under Section 315 of the Criminal Code to possess a knife in public — including a pocket knife if the blade exceeds three inches — without lawful reason such as work.
Summary conviction can come with a prison term of no less than three years, with five years for conviction on indictment.

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