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Public Advisory: Swing Bridge, St. George’s [Updated]

Tue, 2022-08-30

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is advising the public – motorists in particular – to expect delays at the Swing Bridge in St. George’s and if possible, to avoid using it, until further notice.

Apparently some electrical wires have come down across the bridge, causing normal traffic flow along the span to be affected. The cause of the downed wires is not known.

It is unclear at this time if any of the wires involved are live. BELCO has been notified and are en route. Police officers are currently on scene assisting with traffic management.

The BPS appreciates the patience and understanding of the motoring public and area residents while this situation is addressed. Our main concern is safety.

A further update is anticipated in due course.

Update: The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm that normal traffic flow has resumed across the Swing Bridge in St. George’s. We are grateful for the assistance of BELCO in resolving this issue, as well as the patience of the motoring public and area residents.

Sudden Death of 63-Year-Old Malcolm Stovell Jr.

Tue, 2022-08-30

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 63-year-old Malcolm Stovell Jr. and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Shortly before 6pm Sunday, 28th August 2022, police responded to a report of a lifeless body washed ashore on a beach, near Astwood Walk in Warwick, later identified as Mr. Stovell.

The 63-year-old, understood to be a Warwick resident, is believed to have been swimming in the ocean shortly before the discovery of his body.

The investigation surrounding the circumstances of Mr. Stovell’s sudden death continues.

The BPS is renewing the appeal for anyone who may have been in the Astwood Walk, Warwick area – in particular, the beach area known as “100 Steps Beach” – around 6pm Sunday, 28th August, to call 211 or e-mail 211@bps.bm as soon as possible.

Sudden Death of 63 Year Old Male [Updated]

Sun, 2022-08-28

Shortly before 6pm on Sunday, 28th August, police responded to a report of a lifeless body washed ashore on a beach, near Astwood Walk in Warwick.

The victim, a 63 yr-old male, is believed to have been swimming in the area shortly before the discovery of his body.

Police cordoned off the area whilst the scene was being processed. An investigation surrounding the circumstances of his death has begun. An autopsy is anticipated, to determine the exact cause of death.

The Bermuda Police Service is appealing to anyone who may have been in the area, in particular, the beach area known as “100 Steps Beach” to call 211.

No further information will be given until the next of kin have been notified.

Update: Tuesday, 30th AugustThe Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 63-year-old Malcolm Stovell Jr. and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Shortly before 6pm Sunday, 28th August 2022, police responded to a report of a lifeless body washed ashore on a beach, near Astwood Walk in Warwick, later identified as Mr. Stovell.

The 63-year-old, understood to be a Warwick resident, is believed to have been swimming in the ocean shortly before the discovery of his body.

The investigation surrounding the circumstances of Mr. Stovell’s sudden death continues.

The BPS is renewing the appeal for anyone who may have been in the Astwood Walk, Warwick area – in particular, the beach area known as “100 Steps Beach” – around 6pm Sunday, 28th August, to call 211 or e-mail 211@bps.bm as soon as possible.

Sudden Death of Death Of Kerry Lee Horrer

Fri, 2022-08-26

The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 40-year-old Kerry Lee Horrer, an American visitor.

Mr. Horrer’s lifeless body was discovered in the vicinity of the Victualing Yard, in Dockyard, by members of the public on Monday 22nd of August, 2022.

An investigation surrounding the circumstances of Mr. Horrer’s death continues, however an autopsy has revealed that foul play is not suspected.

The Bermuda Police Service extends its sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Kerry Lee Horrer at this difficult time.

Sudden Death of 57 Yr-Old Judy Severe

Wed, 2022-08-24

The Bermuda Police Service can now confirm the death of 57 Yr-Old Ms. Judy Severe.

Ms. Severe was one of several visiting cruise ship passengers at the Horseshoe Bay Beach on Saturday, the 21st of August, 2022.

It was reported that Ms. Severe and others from her group were out snorkeling in shallow waters, when Lifeguards observed that she had not moved from her position for a period of time and decided to check in on her. On doing so, they discovered that she was unresponsive. Lifeguards pulled her body ashore, where lifesaving efforts were attempted by lifeguards and two off-duty nurses, prior to the arrival of emergency services. However, she was pronounced dead on arrival at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

An autopsy has revealed that the cause of death was due to drowning.

The Bermuda Police Service extends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Judy Severe during this difficult time.

BPS on LGBTQ+ Community and Events

Wed, 2022-08-24

Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons
"This is an important week for our LGBTQ+ community members with several upcoming events planned for Bermuda Pride 2022. We have been working alongside OUTBermuda to plan safe public events.
Sadly, sometimes there is still a narrative of disrespectful, and sometimes hateful, comments that cause feelings of fear and isolation.This is not right. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect; even if we differ.
The BPS is committed to serving, respecting, and protecting each of our community members and I take this opportunity to reaffirm that their police service will be there when they have need."


Acting Superintendent Jerome Laws:
"The LGBTQ+ Community is growing in Bermuda and the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) must ensure that our staff understand and practice the BPS Code of Ethics and Core Values in the areas of Diversity, Equality and Fairness.
In the BPS Strategic and Operational Plan 2021 -2026 under ‘Work in Partnership’ a key deliverable is to 'develop our links with faith-based communities and other hard to reach groups (e.g. LGBTQ+)’.
• I am leading on this item, supported by a team of officers and the Occupational Health Unit.
• The BPS will create a safe space supportive of a professional environment for all LGBTQ+ staff within the BPS.
• We welcome colleagues from all backgrounds to support and to actively aspire to represent all of our communities through intersectionality.
• The BPS attends meetings with various stakeholders in the LGBQT+ Community to discuss work processes, support requirements and scrutiny.
• We are in the process of facilitating an LGBTQ+ Community input on training days
• We are currently involved in preparations for the Bermuda Pride 2022 being held on the weekend of August 26th – 28th 2022."

 

40 Yr-Old Man Found Dead in Dockyard

Wed, 2022-08-24

Shortly before 11pm on Monday 22nd August, police and other first responders attended a report of an unresponsive male being found in the vicinity of the Victualing Yard in Dockyard.

On arrival, EMT’s attended to a 40 year-old male, however it was determined that there were no signs of life present and death was certified at the scene by an attending physician.

An investigation surrounding the circumstances of the man’s death has commenced. No further information will be given until the next of kin has been notified.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have been in the Dockyard area and noticed anything unusual between 6pm and 11pm, to contact Inspector Clifford Roberts on 717-0590 or 211.

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