Police officer injured in ‘unprovoked attack’

An off-duty police officer was injured in an “unprovoked and violent attack” in the East End yesterday, the Commissioner of Police said.

Stephen Corbishley said that the attack on the police officer would be “pursued robustly” by the Bermuda Police Service “not least as he is a representative of law and order in Bermuda and to send a clear message to persons who choose to be violent against anyone, whether it be a member of the public or a police officer, that they will be arrested and presented before the courts”.

He added that the attack at the Clearwater Beach car park at about 4.30pm took place in front of the officer’s family.

Mr Corbishley said: “The trauma they have suffered in seeing a loved one violently assaulted cannot be underestimated and makes this attack all the more serious and despicable.”

Mr Corbishley said that the man had identified himself as a police office “to persons who were acting antisocially and with potential danger to members of the public”.

He added that several people had been taken into custody in connection with the attack after information was provided by the public.

Wayne Caines, the Minister of National Security, said that he was “deeply concerned” to learn of the attack.

He added: “I was also informed that the attack took place in front of the officer’s wife and his eight-year-old.

“This attack is despicable and evidences a lack of humanity.” Mr Caines said that those responsible would be held accountable.

He added that the injured officer was in “good spirits” but was concerned about the emotional wellbeing of his family.

Mr Caines said: “Our ministry will make sure that the officer and his family have the support that they need during this most difficult time.”

Anyone with information contact police on 295-0011 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

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Published Nov 5, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 5, 2019 at 11:58 am)

Police officer injured in ‘unprovoked attack’

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