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Police: spate of criminal activity over Easter holiday

Police released crime statistics for the Easter holiday period (File photograph)

Attempted robbery, drink-driving and possession of a knife were among the crimes tallied by police over the Easter holiday weekend.

The Bermuda Police Service said that shortly before 3am yesterday, a man turned up at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital seeking treatment for a knife wound to his hand.

Police said that the victim had been walking to his car on Angle Street, Pembroke, when he was approached by three men dressed in black and on dark-coloured motorcycles.

They allegedly demanded a chain from him but he refused to hand it over.

A struggle reportedly ensued during which the male sustained lacerations to his hand. The suspects rode off along Angle Street, on to Union Street and disappeared.

No property was taken.

A man was arrested just before 12.30am on Saturday for waving a knife and threatening people in the area of Dundonald Street in Pembroke.

A police spokesman said: “Officers on patrol located a male fitting the description of the subject on Victoria Street, near the Hamilton Police Station.

“Officers engaged the subject, who dropped a bag he had in his possession and ran off.

“After a brief foot pursuit, the subject was apprehended at the intersection of Church Street and Court Street.”

The BPS said that despite public warnings that police presence would be increased across the island during the festival holiday, there were 158 tickets issued for traffic offences, 117 of which were for speeding.

They also included seven drink-driving offences. The highest breathalyser reading recorded was 202.3 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, more than twice the legal limit of 80mg.

There was also a report of a vehicle fire, thought to have been started maliciously.

Police said that at about 8.45pm on Saturday, officers along with the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service attended a report of a vehicle ablaze on The Glebe Road, Pembroke.

“On arrival, officers found a light truck engulfed. The fire was extinguished by BFRS.

“Subsequent inquiries led to suspicions the fire was maliciously set.”

Finally, police reported that on Sunday, three individuals dressed in black clothing, wearing black helmets, masks and gloves, attempted to steal a motorcycle in the area of Tamarind Vale, Warwick.

When a member of the public approached them, they fled, two on a motorcycle and one on foot.

A spokesman added: “The suspects on the motorcycle dropped the bike but still managed to make good their escape.

“Officers responded to the area and saw a male fitting the description of the suspects.

“Unable to give an account as to why he was in the area, he was arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

“He was taken to the Hamilton Police Station, where he was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.

“The bike dropped by the two other suspects was subsequently recovered by officers. Checks revealed that it had been previously reported stolen.”

All the matters are under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the main police number, 295-0011, or 211.

Information may also be shared directly with a police officer or via the BPS Community Reporting Portal.

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Published April 03, 2024 at 7:56 am (Updated April 03, 2024 at 7:56 am)

Police: spate of criminal activity over Easter holiday

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