COVID-19 Regulations Breach in Paget & Reported Assault of Two RBR Soldiers in the City of Hamilton

Sat, 2021-03-06

COVID Regulations Breach

Shortly before 11:00 p.m. on Friday, March 5th, 2021, police attended the Horticultural Hall - Botanical Gardens, Paget, after receiving several anonymous calls reporting that a large party was taking place there with more than twenty persons, the maximum number allowed under the current COVID-19 regulations, in attendance.

Based on the number of persons at the location and the reported breaches, several police units were dispatched to assist.

The organiser of the event could not be located among the crowd and no one was willing to assist police with their inquiries. However, the details of several vehicles which began leaving the scene as police arrived, were recorded.

The public is reminded, under the current COVID regulations, gatherings are limited to a maximum of twenty-five people.

In order to hold an event or gathering larger than the permitted maximum of 25 persons, an exemption from the Minister of National Security is required.

Exemption applications are made online via the following link:

Reported Assault

At 12:30pm on Friday 5th March, 2021, officers were dispatched to a report of assault on two regiment soldiers who were carrying out security duties at the Bulls Head Car Park COVID testing site.

The victims stated that they were performing traffic duties to separate COVID testing visitors from car parking traffic, when around 12:00pm a female riding a black Click motorcycle, attempted to use a Corporation of Hamilton swipe card to gain access to the parking lot but was unsuccessful.

The regiment personnel advised her to take a ticket from the machine and to sort out the issue at a later time.

The woman instead allegedly reversed her bike then drove it into one of the soldiers. She reportedly struck him in the right leg and rode over his right foot.

The suspect is said to have again reversed her bike, drove toward the other soldier and rode over his left foot. The suspect then rode off, but remained at the location where she was eventually located by officers and arrested.

The suspect was subsequently interviewed at the Hamilton Police Station and granted police bail.

Inquiries into both matters remain ongoing and anyone with information on either incident is urged to call 211 or, the main police number, 295-0011.