Caines declares Cup Match holiday a success
The Minister of National Security has congratulated the public after a mostly peaceful Cup Match holiday.
Wayne Caines said, apart from a stabbing at Paradise Lakes, the holiday festivities passed without major incidents.
Mr Caines said: “Cup Match is an iconic event and for most Bermudians it is the longest holiday weekend.
“Apart from the cricket match, there is a lot of revelry, but also rest and recreation for many hard-working Bermudians.
“I’m glad to say that while there were some unfortunate incidents, our people largely had a respectful and safe summer break. And that makes it a huge success.”
The Bermuda Police Service said there were 48 arrests over the holiday weekend, with 12 people arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
But Mr Caines added several large-scale events took place with “very few incidents”.
He said: “We must thank our emergency service personnel. We see them as first-responders when there is an incident, but we forget they are on duty — away from family and friends — during these holidays when the rest of us are having fun.
“They are on duty at all manner of unsociable hours to protect and serve us.
“They include people at the hospital and ambulance service, our firemen and people responsible for maritime safety. And there are many others.”
Mr Caines added police had set the tone to ensure a reduction in incidents with a comprehensive plan for the holiday period.
He added: “The increased police presence was evident with 150 police officers on duty over the holiday, while a strong maritime presence included the BPS and the Royal Bermuda Regiment.
“And our emphasis on alcohol awareness, we believe, won widespread community buy-in.”
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