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Bus Crash on North Shore Road, Devonshire: One Person Injured

Wed, 2022-11-09

Shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday 9th November, 2022, officers dispatched to the area of North Shore Road, Devonshire, near the old Clayhouse Inn to a report of a PTB bus had gone off the road and landed in a trench.

Reports are one passenger on board the bus was injured. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

The roadway was closed at the scene of the collision. Traffic headed west was diverted at the junction of North Shore Road and Store Hill. Traffic headed east, was diverted at the junction of Barkers Hill and North Shore Road.

However the bus was removed and the roadway reopened around 6:15 p.m.

Operation Vega Update: 10th October - 7th November 2022

Mon, 2022-11-07

This last period of Operation Vega, October 10th, 2022 to November 7th, 2022 represents another period of heavy traffic enforcement. The numbers reported for each traffic offence have increased over the previous reporting period.  

Of major concern is the troubling issue of impaired driving. This continues to be a prolific offence, with 15 offenders arrested in this period. Of note, in the month of October this year, there were nine people charged before the courts, fined and banned from the roads, for driving whilst impaired.

Also of concern is the number of unlicensed and uninsured vehicles on the roads, as well as the number of persons driving or riding with invalid or, no driver’s license.  Please be aware, failure to license your car, attracts a $750 fixed penalty. For failing to license a motorcycle, the fixed penalty is $250. Operating a vehicle without a driver’s license, carries a fixed penalty of $100. The courts will levy a $1000 fine if you are found to be operating an uninsured vehicle.   

Disobeying traffic signs and red lights is also a prolific problem on the roads. And for those using Paget lights during the morning commute, we have heard you. 

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell of the Tactical Support Unit, stated: “We have been deploying roads policing to those lights of late and we have reported many for traffic offences including driving without due care and attention, driving without reasonable consideration and disobeying the red light. There is a current trend where motorcyclists travelling east, towards the red light, go into the offside lane, wait for the light to turn green, then, shoot off across the first car stopped at the light and weave between the first car travelling west. We have been heavily policing this bad riding behaviour.” 

The public is once again reminded that Operation Vega remains in place. This will continue until we are satisfied that we have brought calm to our roads.

During this period, (October 10th, 2022 to November 7th, 2022) 702 moving violation tickets (MVTs) were issued, up from 495 in the previous reporting period. In addition, during this reporting period, 68 motorist advice notices, (MANs - warnings), were issued. That’s up from 52 in the previous reporting period. 154 Parking violation tickets were issued, down from 190 in the previous reporting period.

8,585 MVTs have been reported in the Operation Vega period which launched on July 1st 2021 to November 7th, 2022.  

The break-down of traffic offences reported is as follows:

Impaired Driving Arrests           15

Speeding                                     303 (+22)  excessive speeds recorded ranged from 58 kph to 93 kph.  

Traffic Sign                                      155 (+116)                 

Unlicensed Vehicle                         86 (+31)                  

No third party insurance                 70 (+14)           

No Driver’s license                          38 (+6)       

Manner of driving                           19 (+5)

Disqualified                                       2 (-3)                     

Seatbelt                                              0 (-11)                       

Helmet                                                15 (+10)               

Handheld device                                2 (+2)

Defective vehicle                               1 (-1)

Fail to give name/address                0 (0)

Fail to Stop                                          4 (+2)

Fraudulent Docs                                 2 (-4)

Defective Vehicles                              1 (-1)

Making False Statement                    0 (-1)

Fail to exhibit license plate               2 (+2)                       

In tandem with Operation Vega, we continued to meet our mandate of making Bermuda safer by responding to calls for service. This was a busy period for calls for service, with 1,028 recorded, up from 976 in the previous period.

Operation Minotaur: Significant Cannabis Shipment Seized

Thu, 2022-11-03

On Monday, October 24th, 2022, Police and H.M. Customs conducted a joint operation dubbed, “Operation Minotaur”.

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS), Drugs Unit was called in after officers from H.M. Customs intercepted a shipment found to contain approximately 120lbs of cannabis.

Warrants executed at a number of locations in both Pembroke and St. George's resulted in the arrests of three suspects in relation to this matter.

Detective Superintendent (Acting), Sherwin Joseph of the Crime Division stated: “This was a significant seizure by H.M. Customs. The amount of cannabis it contained has an estimated street value in excess of five million dollars. This is a major success in the ongoing combined effort by both agencies, to combat drug importation and other forms of criminality at our borders.”

The BPS Drugs Unit continues investigations into this incident.

No further information will be provided at this time.

Sudden Death of 32-Year-Old Faisal Baia

Tue, 2022-11-01

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 32-year-old Faisal Baia and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

The lifeless body of Mr. Baia was found in the Blue Hole Park area of Hamilton parish shortly after 11am Monday, 31st October 2022.

He was later pronounced dead at the scene by an on call doctor.

A BPS Family Liaison Officer is providing support to Mr. Baia’s loved ones at this difficult time.

Foul play is not suspected. However, an autopsy is anticipated.

The investigation regarding this sudden death continues and anyone with information that can assist is once again asked to contact Sergeant Cornelius Marc on 717-2233 or, via e-mail cmarc@bps.bm.

Two Men Hurt Fighting Each Other With Bladed Weapons on Front Street

Mon, 2022-10-31

Around 9:15 p.m. on Monday 31st October 2022, police received a ‘911’ call regarding two males fighting in the area of the Bird Cage on Front Street, in the City of Hamilton.

One of the males, a 31-year-old, sustained a cut to one of his hands. The other male, a 46-year-old, suffered injuries to his back and both arms.

Both men were attended to at the scene by EMTs and were subsequently transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

Neither man’s injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Police officers recovered a box cutter and a knife at the scene of the incident which was closed off for a short period, while being processed by officers from the Forensic Support Unit.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call 211, the main police number 295-0011 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

You may also share the information with a police officer you know.

Sudden Death of Man at Blue Hole Park [Updated]

Mon, 2022-10-31

The Bermuda Police Service is investigating the sudden death of a man, whose lifeless body was found in the Blue Hole Park area of Hamilton Parish, shortly after 11:00 a.m. today, Monday, October 31st, 2022.

An on call doctor attended the scene and pronounced the man dead at approximately 1:00 pm.

Anyone with information on this matter, is asked to contact Police Sergeant, Cornelius Marc on 717-2233 or, via e-mail: cmarc@bps.bm.

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

Update: Tuesday, 1st NovemberThe Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 32-year-old Faisal Baia and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends.

The lifeless body of Mr. Baia was found in the Blue Hole Park area of Hamilton parish shortly after 11am Monday, 31st October 2022.

He was later pronounced dead at the scene by an on call doctor.

A BPS Family Liaison Officer is providing support to Mr. Baia’s loved ones at this difficult time.

Foul play is not suspected. However, an autopsy is anticipated.

The investigation regarding this sudden death continues and anyone with information that can assist is once again asked to contact Sergeant Cornelius Marc on 717-2233 or, via e-mail cmarc@bps.bm.

Some Parish Constables Re-Deployed Until End of December

Mon, 2022-10-31

The Bermuda Police Service wishes to inform the public that due to operational priorities, some Parish Officers are being re-deployed to general patrol duties until the end of December 2022.

Therefore, there will be limited access to your Parish Officers during this period.

We recognize the value that Parish Officers bring to our community and thank the public for their patience and understanding.

Meantime, should you need to contact the Parish Constables office please call, 247-1425.

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