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MEDIA

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Recent Robberies

There have recently been a number of incidents where individuals who have posted items for sale on social media, are relieved of the items without receiving payment upon showing up at an agreed location to complete these transactions. There have also been instances where prospective buyers are relieved of cash without receiving the item advertised. The BPS advises against cash transactions and instead, have payment transferred into a bank account. If this is not possible and there must be a face to face exchange of cash, please arrange to carry out such transactions during the daylight hours, in high traffic areas. This will minimise the risk of you being robbed of your cash, or item you’re selling. Also, make sure that you are shown proper proof of ownership of the item being sold, so as to avoid falling victim to purchasing stolen goods.  



Police Respond to Arrest Video

The Bermuda Police Service is aware of a video clip circulating on social media and showing the arrest of an individual by armed police officers on the evening of Monday 25th May. Assistant Commissioner of Police Martin Weekes stated, “The actions of the officers shown in the video were in response to information received and as part of ongoing efforts to disrupt gang activity and anti-social behaviour. The individual shown being taken into custody has since been bailed. Despite the sensational appearance of the video clip, I can assure the public that the actions of the arresting officers have been reviewed, as is the case with every police use of force, and found to be proportionate to the threat posed based on the information received.



ACOP Weekes Comments On Police Officer Struck By Motorcyclist

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Martin Weekes, today commented that over the weekend, officers from the Roads Policing Unit were on duty enforcing road traffic laws, and in particular speed offences and offences involving driving whilst impaired.Whilst not able to speak to specific incidents, Mr. Weekes noted that an officer was injured when he was struck by a motorcycle ridden by a subject who was later arrested for driving whilst impaired. The officer was treated at the hospital for his injuries.



Fourth Year Anniversary of the Murder of Patrick Dill

  Today marks the fourth year anniversary of the murder of Patrick Dill.  Patrick Dill was murdered, (shot to death), outside his home on Saturday 21st May, 2016. This was a senseless, insensitive act that took the life of a twenty-seven-year-old man who was in the prime of his life. Detective Sergeant Jason Smith stated: “Patrick was a vibrant young man pursuing his goals and a productive member of society who was gunned down by unscrupulous men. The investigation into Patrick’s murder is ongoing and today on the anniversary of his death, the police are appealing for witnesses to come forward and assist with this investigation, to help bring closure to his family, and friends. Things are at a critical stage and the police need your assistance to advance this matter. We are aware that members of our community who have information crucial to our investigation, may be reluctant to come forward. However, this information is invaluable to piecing together the strands that can tie everything together. Patrick’s family are still grieving and are looking for answers as to why he was taken away from them.    



The Death of Mr. Henry Santucci

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS), can now confirm the identity of the victim in that fatal stabbing incident on Saturday 16th May, as 60-year-old Mr. Henry Santucci. The Bermuda Police Service extends its sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Santucci during this difficult time. The BPS continues to appeal for anyone with information on this incident, to please contact the main police number on 295-0011 or the police reporting number 211. Alternatively, persons wishing to provide information anonymously, may do so by calling the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477.    



Retail Sector/ Restaurant Covid-19 Physical Distancing Compliance

The Bermuda Police Service has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to work on ways to help patrons and owners at reopened businesses, abide by the new regulations in the area of physical distancing and wearing of protective face-masks when shopping.  Yesterday, the Parish Constables from the Community Policing Division of the Bermuda Police Service visited restaurant and retail locations island wide, to speak with business owners and patrons to advise on the new regulations and Government guidance. We are happy to report that for the most part, business were doing their part by placing markers 6 feet apart, displaying signage and had staff monitoring the lines to enforce physical distancing and the wearing of masks. During the weekend, there were a number of reports made to the Covid Portal https://portal.police.bm as well as on Social Media that some retail establishments and restaurants were not being compliant with the Covid-19 Regulations.



Traffic Wardens to Enforce Parking Restrictions

The BPS would like to advise the public that as retail businesses in the City reopen and traffic in the City increases, that the Traffic Wardens will be patrolling the city enforcing parking restrictions as well as advising on physical distancing and the wearing of masks when queuing outside shops and restaurants. 



Missing Person Chavelle Dillon-Burgess

The Bermuda police Service today renewed its appeal for assistance in locating missing person, Chavelle Dillion Burgess. During a press conference at the Hamilton Police Station, Acting Superintendent Arthur Glasford stated, "Mrs Dillon-Burgess who is 26 years old and resides in Warwick Parish was reported as missing to Police on Thursday April 30th 2020 by family and friends.  She has not been seen or been spoken to since on or around or the Easter Weekend. There is a concern for her safety and wellbeing as it is highly uncommon for Mrs Dillon-Burgess to not make contact with her loved ones and close friends.  The Bermuda Police Service is seeking the public’s help in locating Mrs Dillon-Burgess who is the mother of an 18 month old child.  The Bermuda Police Service is interested in speaking with anyone who may have information on where she can be located or any sightings of her during their recent day to day travels.  Mrs Dillon-Burgess is described as being 5’ 4’ in height, of slim build and brown complexion. 



Community Advisory

Martin Weekes - Assistant Commissioner of Police: "As we move into Phase One of the reopening of Bermuda the Shelter at Home regulations have been replaced by the Continuing Precautions Regulations which include a NightTime Curfew between 10PM and 6AM, where residents must remain at their own home. The Bermuda Police Service alongside our partners in the Royal Bermuda regiment will be out on the street strictly enforcing this curfew.During the daytime hours the BPS will be conducting High Visibility patrols in neighbourhoods, around retail stores and grocery stores to enforce the regulations around physical distancing as well as to enforce the new regulations that specify that no large groups of persons can congregate either in public places or in private homes. The Regulations state that any group larger than ten persons is prohibited and it is an offence to host any large group.Boating is of course now allowed however the regulations are clear that only members of members of the same household may get together on a boat up to a maximum of ten persons per vessel. No Raft Ups may take place and all boating activity must cease before 7pmWhilst public recreational spaces such as parks beaches and railway trails are open, appropriate physical distancing MUST be observed and large groups are prohibited. Public playgrounds and exercise equipment must not be used.Residents are urged to show extra care on the roads and the Roads Policing Unit will be out enforcing traffic laws including Speeding and Driving whilst Impaired. Please drive carefully so as to avoid collisions that will take up the valuable time of our hospital staff who are busy dealing with COVID19 incidents."



Update Missing Person Carlton Lowe Located

  Update*** The Bermuda Police Service wishes to thank the public for their assistance in locating Mr. Carlton Lowe. He has been reunited with his family.



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29 May 2020

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