Police investigate attacks at Rangers

  • Southampton Rangers Sports Club (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Southampton Rangers Sports Club (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A man was stabbed and another was slashed by a broken bottle in separate incidents that happened at a sports club over the weekend, police said last night.

Detectives were investigating the attacks that happened two days apart at Southampton Rangers Sports Club.

A police spokesman said a 22-year-old suffered cuts to his hand apparently from a broken bottle “wielded during an altercation at the establishment” at about 11.55pm on Friday.

The man left the venue by a private vehicle.

On Sunday, a 20-year-old left the club at about 9.15pm with a wound to his abdomen “after apparently being stabbed during an altercation with another man inside the sports club”, police said.

He was taken to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital by police and was recovering in a stable condition on a general ward.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police James Howard, who is in charge of the Tactical Operations Division, said: “Again, I wish to remind all licensed premises that antisocial behaviour committed on your premises will not be tolerated.

“As a result of these recent incidents in addition to previous ones at the Southampton Rangers Sports Club, the Bermuda Police Service is evaluating the range of options available under the Liquor Licence Act.

“Liquor-licensed premises must ensure that the antisocial behaviour of a few does not affect the responsible socialising of the many responsible patrons.

“Liquor-licensed premises have a ‘social responsibility’ for the safety of their patrons and the conduct of those persons who threaten that safety.”

Mr Howard added: “The Bermuda Police Service will continue to respond to any antisocial behaviour linked to liquor-licensed premises with all of our law enforcement options, which includes but is not limited to the temporary closure of offending properties.”

Anyone with information about either incident was asked to call the Criminal Investigation Department on 247-1744 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

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