National Heroes Weekend ‘relatively quiet’ – police
Support and co-operation from the public led to a “relatively quiet” National Heroes Day weekend regarding serious crime, the Bermuda Police Service said today.
But a spokesman added that 48 arrests were made and more than 120 traffic tickets were issued.
Detective Superintendent Nicholas Pedro, who was the Gold Commander for the policing plan, said: “The combined police and regiment patrols reported no major incidents over the three-day holiday.”
He reported that an 18-year-old man who suffered head and face injuries in an attack that involved several others at the Arboretum in Devonshire on Saturday had been discharged from hospital.
Mr Pedro added: “We continue to seek the public’s assistance in connection with the ongoing investigation into this matter.
“Anyone with information, is asked to call 211 or the main police number 295-0011.”
He highlighted a crash that happened on Harrington Sound Road, just east of Harrington Sound Primary School in Smith’s at 3.40am on Monday.
Mr Pedro said: “The victim in that matter, a 20-year-old male driver, was initially unresponsive and had to be pulled from the vehicle which had flipped on to its right side.
“At last check, he remained in hospital undergoing tests for head injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.”
The detective added that there was also a report of a boat that became stuck on the reef and was taking on water at about 6.30pm on Monday.
He said: “Members of the public assisted with pumping out the water and the boat was eventually beached and later taken away via a crane.
“No injuries were reported.
“Disappointingly, the message about not driving while impaired, did not register with everyone and there were three arrests for DWI offences over the holiday weekend.
“Speeding remained an issue. Our roads policing officers issued a number of tickets for speeding offences, with speeds in excess of 80 kilometres per hour being recorded.”
A BPS spokesman said there were 48 arrests made over the holiday weekend, including 34 for outstanding warrants, three for impaired driving, three for breach of the peace and eight as part of investigations into other offences.
As part of the police service’s ongoing traffic enforcement programme, Operation Vega, there were 121 traffic tickets issued, including 57 for speeding, two for failing to stop and two for phone offences.
Another 14 tickets were handed out for no driving licence, 13 for unlicensed vehicles, 15 for having no insurance, 12 for disobeying a traffic sign, two for driving while disqualified, one for a helmet offence and three for “manner of driving”.
The spokesman said: “These infractions notwithstanding, the Bermuda Police Service would like to take this opportunity to thank our partner agencies including the Royal Bermuda Regiment, CADA, and the Bermuda Road Safety Council as well as the organisers of the various social events around the island for their assistance and co-operation over the long holiday weekend.”
Mr Pedro added: “We would especially like to thank you, the members of the public, for doing your part in ensuring that the Heroes Day holiday weekend was celebrated safely and from all appearances, enjoyed by all.”