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Reprisals fear after gun was brandished in city

Police fear gang reprisals may come after a gun was brandished near Hamilton Police Station, and are stepping up patrols as a result.

No one was injured in the incident on the junction of Court and Victoria Streets around 5.30pm.

According to police, two men on a motorcycle were riding through the area when the pillion passenger brandished what appeared to be a firearm at another motorist.

No shots were fired and no one was injured. No arrests had been made as of yesterday afternoon.

A police spokesman said: “There are initial indications that the firearms incident reported Thursday evening in the vicinity of the Hamilton Police Station might be gang-related.

“The potential for a reprisal attack cannot be discounted. Therefore, the Bermuda Police Service will increase operations throughout the Island commencing this weekend.”

The spokesman added: “This increased police activity will include road checks that will take place at various locations. This will no doubt cause some inconvenience and we ask the public for their patience and cooperation.”

In an apparent reference to previous gun crimes carried out by pairs of men on motorcycles, the spokesman added: “We also encourage the public to assist police efforts by reporting any suspicious activity. The incident on Thursday was committed, once again, by two men on a motorcycle. Therefore any sightings of men on motorcycles, or fast moving convoys of vehicles under suspicious circumstances should be reported to the police.”

He asked anyone with information regarding the Thursday incident or who wishes to report any suspicious activity to contact the Serious Crime Unit at 247-1079 or Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

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Published February 25, 2012 at 7:00 am (Updated February 25, 2012 at 7:17 am)

Reprisals fear after gun was brandished in city

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