Police warning over kites

Police yesterday appealed to kite flyers to make safety a priority after a teenager was injured last week.

A police spokesman said that kite flyers were “reminded that their pastime should be conducted safely and without excess noise, in accordance with the law”.

He was speaking after a 16-year-old boy motorcycle rider suffered serious cuts to his neck after he rode into a kite string on Dutton Avenue, Pembroke on Thursday.

The teenager also crashed his bike and suffered cuts and bruises to his hand, leg and foot.

He was helped at the scene by the kite flyer and was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for his injuries before he was later discharged.

The police spokesman said it was illegal to fly a kite over a public place “to the annoyance or danger of any passenger or frequenter”.

He added: “The Bermuda Police Service wishes to make it clear that we would rather not use law enforcement resources to tackle this issue, as we respect the longstanding Bermudian tradition of kite flying and are aware that some enthusiasts fly their kites all year round.

“Therefore, we appeal for a common-sense approach, and urge kite flyers to be vigilant regarding public safety, as well as considerate of their neighbours regarding excess noise and the times that kites are flown.”

He added: “Members of the public that fly kites are also requested to be mindful of the time of day that they take part in such activity.”

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Published Dec 3, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 3, 2019 at 7:59 am)

Police warning over kites

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