Police arrest 31 over Cup Match weekend
Police reported 31 people arrested for 33 offences over Cup Match, including four for possession of bladed articles.
Most arrests during “robust policing” over a largely incident-free holiday weekend were for outstanding warrants, with 16 people detained, a police spokesman said.
Two arrests were for possession of controlled drugs, believed to be cannabis.
Traffic checkpoints announced in advance of the holiday resulted in five arrests for driving while impaired at locations across the island.
In addition, two were arrested for breach of the peace, two for threatening words, one for wilful damage and one for burglary.
Arrest figures are for 31 people – with two people arrested for both bladed article offences and possession of controlled drugs.
· Breach of peace: 2
· Warrant: 16
· Drugs: 2
· Wilful damage: 1
· Bladed weapon: 4
· Threatening words: 2
· DUI: 5
· Burglary: 1
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police James Howard said the island enjoyed “a relatively quiet holiday weekend as it pertains to criminal activity”.
But he noted the tragic loss of a life on the roads, with 22-year-old Troni Aisha Robinson-Burgess named as the victim of a fatal crash on Thursday in Southampton.
Mr Howard said the death, coupled with “multiple arrests for impaired driving”, was “cause for serious concern from the entire community”.
He added: “We must do better.
“Also of note is the number of bladed article arrests.”
Mr Howard highlighted the ”growing trend“ raised recently by Assistant Commissioner Antoine Daniels of ”young people arming themselves with knives and other bladed articles for protection and going out in public“.
“As Mr Daniels stated, rather than providing protection, this practice creates greater risk for the individual carrying such items, as well as for members of the public who may intervene to quell a situation.”
He added: “Please be reminded that it is illegal under Section 315 of the Criminal Code to possess a knife in public – including a pocket knife if the blade exceeds 3in – without lawful reason such as work.
“Summary conviction can come with a prison term of no less than three years, with five years for conviction on indictment.”