Police to be out in force to stop violence and drink driving

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Police will be out in force tonight and tomorrow to stem any potential New Year’s violence.

The news was announced by Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Martin Weekes today.

Referring to the Christmas Day murder of Malcolm Augustus, 20, and road death of Malik Weeks, 24, he said at a press conference: “This year the Christmas holiday period was marred by the tragic deaths of two young men, one lost through the gun violence that continues to plague our Island and one lost on our roads. We wish to again extend our condolences to the families and to thank the public for their support and assistance in the investigation of both these incidents.”

He added: “I would like to reassure the public that persons are currently in custody in relation to the murder of Mr Augustus and that enquiries are continuing into that incident. We do encourage anyone with any information to come forward either to the BPS or to the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline. “

Mr Weekes continued: “The BPS wishes to advise the public that, supported by the Bermuda Reserve Police, we will be out in force tonight to show a strong, highly visible police presence throughout the Island during this evening’s festivities, our intention being to prevent incidents of antisocial behaviour and public disorder in and around the many parties and functions that are planned.

“Significant attention will also be focused on Bermuda’s roads in an effort to prevent and detect offences of impaired driving. We ask the motoring public for their patience when travelling on the roads tonight as there will be road checks set up at various times and places throughout the night designed to keep our roads safer.”

David Minors, of the Road Safety Council, thanked the police for their work and also extended his condolences to the family of Mr Weeks — who was the son of MP Michael Weeks.

Mr Minors invited the community to “reflect on what’s truly precious” this festive season and “make healthy decisions” such as following the rules of the road, wearing a seat belt and making sure helmets are fastened properly.

Asked if the stretch of North Shore Road in Hamilton Parish where Mr Weeks lost his life is known to be a dangerous spot, he said the council would be “looking into that area of road” along with other areas in 2013, in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Works.

He said they would be looking “to see if we can revamp roads that need to be looked at and doing a wide-ranging review in 2013”.

Chairman of the CADA anti drink-driving campaign Anthony Santucci advised that a free “let us drive” service will be available between 3.15am and 3.45am on New Year’s Day to help revellers get home safely.

The transport service will depart from outside the LOM building on Reid Street in Hamilton.

He urged members of the public not to drink and drive and to make sure that young people do not get access to alcohol over the New Year period.

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Published Dec 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm (Updated Dec 31, 2012 at 12:15 pm)

Police to be out in force to stop violence and drink driving

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