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Acting Commissioner Confirms Police Officer Shared Fatal Collision CCTV

Fri, 2021-11-05

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm that one of our officers inappropriately shared a video of the most recent fatal road traffic collision.

Mr. Darrin Simons Acting Commissioner of Police said,  “After the officer noticed that the video was being shared widely within the community, he immediately came forward, took responsibility for his actions and apologised.

This avoided what may have been a lengthy investigation into what transpired.

The matter is now under disciplinary review by the Professional Standards Department to determine the suitable outcome.”

Mr. Simons continued, “I am deeply troubled that we have let the community down by this action. We exist to make Bermuda safe and causing distress or harm like this is simply unacceptable. I unreservedly apologise to family and friends of the deceased, to the staff at the gas station who may have been scrutinised, and the community as a whole for the impact this has caused. We can and will do better.”

Fifteenth Road Fatality for 2021: Jahtino Richardson-Martin

Fri, 2021-11-05

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now confirm the death of 23-year-old Jahtino Richardson-Martin, Bermuda’s 15th road fatality for 2021.

Mr. Richardson-Martin was seriously hurt when the motorcycle he was riding and a car collided at the entrance of RUBiS Terceira’s North Shore service station shortly after 9:05am Wednesday, 3rd November.

Despite being rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, sadly the Pembroke resident later succumbed to his injuries. A BPS Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to help support Mr. Richardson-Martin’s family at this difficult time.

The car driver involved, said to be a 25-year-old Pembroke man, was not hurt.

Once again, if they receive it, members of the public are reminded to delete and not further share a video being circulated on social media showing Wednesday’s fatal collision. The continued sharing of the graphic video is only adding to the distress of the families involved.

The cooperation of those who have already assisted with inquiries is greatly appreciated and the BPS continues to encourage any witnesses that have not yet come forward – or members of the public with relevant information – to call Constable Noah Harvey on 247-1309, 211 or e-mail nharvey@bps.bm at the earliest opportunity.

Two Men Arrested in Connection With Aggravated Burglary Bailed, Investigation Continues

Fri, 2021-11-05

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS), would like to thank the public for their continued assistance with the investigation into the aggravated burglary/sexual assault which occurred in Smith's Parish on Tuesday 19th October, 2021.

Two arrests have been made in connection with this matter.

On Friday 29th October, 2021, a 20-year-old man was arrested and the public will recall another male suspect was arrested on the day the incident occurred.

Both men have since been bailed to return to Hamilton Police Station at a later date, whilst the investigation continues.

Detectives are still keen to hear from anyone who knows anything about this brutal attack, and home invasion. We still need your help.

We once again thank those members of the public who have come forward to assist with the investigation, and urge anyone with any information, no matter how unimportant you feel it might be, to contact Detective Chief Inspector Sherwin Joseph, the lead investigator in this matter, on 717-2158, 247-1248 or via email, jsherwin@bps.bm.

Alternatively, you may also call 211, the main police number, 295-0011 or Crime Stoppers, 800-8477.

Renewed Witness Appeal: Fifteenth Road Fatality for 2021

Thu, 2021-11-04

The Bermuda Police Service would like to thank those witnesses that have already come forward to assist with the investigation regarding the island’s latest road fatality.

However, a renewed witness appeal is being issued seeking specific information about the movements of the two vehicles involved in Wednesday morning’s fatal collision.

The investigating officer is particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen a black Yamaha NVX motorcycle travelling west along North Shore Road through the Flatts Village area toward RUBiS Terceira’s North Shore service station around 9am Wednesday – as well as anyone who may have seen a blue Peugeot 306 car travelling east along North Shore Road toward the same place, at the same time.

Members of the public with relevant information or dash cam footage are asked to call Constable Noah Harvey on 247-1309, 211 or e-mail nharvey@bps.bm immediately.

Update: Friday, 5th November - Bermuda's 15th road fatality identified.

Online Scams Advisory: Beware of Investment & Online Shopping Fraudsters

Thu, 2021-11-04

The Bermuda Police Service is alerting the public to two fraudulent schemes currently circulating within the community. 

The first is dubbed, the “Hyperfund Scam”. A company which appears legitimate, invites you to invest with them, whilst offering large returns on your investment. Hyperfund operates on a multi-level marketing model, similar to that of a Ponzi scheme. Several persons have fallen victim to the scheme, with one Bermudian investing upwards of BDA $10,000. 

In the second scam, persons are being contacted by individuals purporting to be from the online shopping platform Amazon. The fraudster then informs the intended victim they have a monetary claim on hold and requests certain personal details to confirm their order. This is an attempt from the fraudster to obtain the personal banking details of unsuspecting victims. 

The following are red flags associated with these two fraudulent schemes:

Appeal: Footage of Latest Fatal Collision Should Be Deleted, Not Shared

Wed, 2021-11-03

The Bermuda Police Service is aware of a video being circulated on social media, showing footage of today’s fatal road traffic collision.

This is a very difficult time for those affected by this incident and graphic nature of the video, will no doubt cause further distress to families and parties involved. The video is also part of an ongoing investigation.

We are urging members of the public to refrain from sharing and to delete this video, should you receive it.

Clarification: 15 Road Fatalities for 2021 So Far

Wed, 2021-11-03

This afternoon, Wednesday 3rd November, it was further confirmed that 58-year-old Matthew Cooper succumbed to his injuries at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on Friday, 29th October. Mr. Cooper, understood to be a UK guest worker, was critically injured when the pedal cycle he was riding collided with a car on Middle Road in Smith’s parish near the junction with Fielder’s Lane around 6:10pm Sunday, 17th October.

As a result, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can verify that the number of road fatalities for the year so far is 15, as outlined in this corrected list.

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