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Two arrested for having knives over Labour Day weekend

Martin Weekes, the acting Deputy Commissioner of Police. (File photograph)

Police made 39 arrests over the Labour Day weekend, including two people for possession of knives.

Martin Weekes, the acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, said in one incident officers received a report of a person with a knife at a Front Street establishment.

“Officers went to the location and approached an individual fitting the description of the suspect,” Mr Weekes said. “A knife was recovered from him and he was arrested and taken to the Hamilton Police Station, where he was detained.

“In the second incident an individual who had cause to attend Hamilton Police Station was arrested and, upon being searched, found to be in possession of a knife.

“Both individuals have since been released on police bail pending further investigations.”

Mr Weekes added that despite advanced publication that Road Sobriety Testing checkpoints would be in place, eight people were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol — including one who was more than double the legal limit.

“Thankfully, our policing efforts resulted in these individuals being taken off the road, preventing any tragedies from occurring,” he said.

“However, the BPS reminds and encourages the public to take responsibility for their behaviour and simply do not operate any kind of vehicle if you have been drinking or may have taken any mind altering drugs, legal or otherwise.

“Also of concern is the fact that close to 90 individuals were issued speeding tickets, with the worst offender being clocked at 96km/h. Bearing in mind, the speed limit is 35km/h.”

Mr Weekes, however, said the weekend passed without any “major policing incidents” with the majority of calls related to minor incidents such as loud music complaints.

“I wish to thank the public for their co-operation and understanding when delayed on the roads due to the requirements of Roadside Sobriety Testing checkpoints as well as those set up where required to prevent acts of violence and the carrying of weapons,” he said.