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International Day for the Prevention of Money Laundering

Fri, 2021-10-29

Acting Assistant Commissioner (Crime) Nicholas Pedro – “The Bermuda Police Service stands with other jurisdictions around the world in supporting and celebrating Anti-Money Laundering Day on 29th October.

Money laundering presents many dangers, especially to Bermuda, an island centre that derives so many benefits from the international financial markets, insurance & reinsurance.

Money laundering increases the threat of monetary instability, due to the misallocation of resources; undermines financial markets; it creates economic distortion and instability, and ultimately results in loss of revenue.

As the primary law enforcement agency in Bermuda, we remain 100% committed to a robust anti-money laundering & terrorist financing regime, and supporting all our partners in this effort.”

Renewed Road Traffic Advisory

Thu, 2021-10-28

The BPS has become concerned with the recent uptick in serious injury collision over the course of the last week and includes a fatality last evening. Addressing the situation, Chief Inspector, Robert Cardwell, who heads up the Bermuda Police Service Tactical Support Unit, stated, “Time and time again, our investigations reveal that bad decision making including driving whilst impaired by alcohol or drug and inattention as the primary causes behind these collisions.

Impaired driving is heavily frowned upon in the community.  It is inevitable as we have seen, that impaired driving will lead to a collision of some kind. Knowingly driving whilst impaired with the heightened risk of taking a life or causing a permanent life changing injury to someone, is incomprehensible.

Driving whilst impaired puts you and everyone else at risk. The pubic are reminded that consuming alcohol – any amount whilst also under the influence of prescribed or over the counter medication such as cold and flu medicine, can elevate levels of impairment. If you are out and are consuming alcohol have an exit plan.

The following can negatively impact your ability to operate a vehicle.

13th Road Fatality for 2021: Tilhan Chitrananda

Thu, 2021-10-28

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm the 30-year-old man transported to hospital in an unresponsive state following a serious road traffic collision yesterday, Wednesday 27th October, has succumbed to his injuries.

Tilhan Chitrananda, a Sri Lankan national, was the driver of one of the motorcars involved in a two vehicle collision on the North Shore Road near the junction with Tamarisk Hill, Smith’s at approximately 4:10 p.m.

He became pinned under his vehicle after it flipped on its side.

Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service personnel assisted with the effort to extricate Mr. Chitaranda, who was transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.  

Mr. Chitaranda’s passing marks the 13th road fatality for the year so far.

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed and is assisting his family at this time.

The Bermuda Police Service extends its condolences.

Two Car Collision on North Shore Road: 1 Driver Seriously Injured [Updated]

Wed, 2021-10-27

At approximately 4:10 p.m. today, Wednesday 27th October, 2021, police and other first responders attended a road traffic collision involving two motorcars on the North Shore Road, near the junction with Tamarisk Hill, Smith's.

The vehicles were headed in opposite directions when they collided.

The car in headed wast flipped onto the passenger side, with the driver, a 30-year-old male trapped underneath.

He was attended to at the scene by EMS staff for injuries which were described as life threatening and subsequently transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Hospital, in an unresponsive state.

The female driver of the other car which was headed west complained of chest pains. Though not considered life-threatening, the full extent of her injuries remain unknown at this time.

As a result of this collision eastbound traffic was being diverted over Store Hill, as the roadway just east of that point was closed, while the collision scene was being processed.

This has resulted in major traffic delays for commuters headed east.

We ask for your patience and understanding while we work to have the roadway reopened.

Update - Thursday, 28th October: 13th road fatality for 2021 identified.

Robin Hood Shooting Now Murder Investigation: 2 Killed, 2 Injured

Wed, 2021-10-27

Chief Inspector Peter Stableford, Officer in Charge (Serious Crime Unit): "I would like to provide an update on the investigation into the shooting which occurred about 6.00 pm last night where two young men have been murdered. I can confirm the identity of the individuals as Micah Davis [photo 1] [photo 2] who was celebrating his 22nd birthday yesterday and Ayinde Eve [photo 1] [photo 2] who was 27 years old. Another 2 persons were also shot but did not receive life threatening injuries. The bar at the time had a number of patrons who were there to watch the football and it was busy.

Anyone on the premises between 3 pm and 6 pm yesterday is asked to get in touch with us if we haven’t spoken to you yet as you may have information that is vital to enquiry – please call 211 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

What we know at this stage is that 2 gunman on a black motor cycle attended the Robin Hood Public House both were wearing black helmets and dark pants, the rider wore a dark top and passenger a light coloured top. I repeat a black motor cycle with 2 persons the rider in dark pants and top, with the passenger in dark pants and light top both with black helmets.

The passenger has gone into the premises and shot a number of times at the patrons. Ayinde ran from the premises out into the rear car park where the second gunman and rider of the cycle was waiting. Ayinde was shot a number of times by the second gunman riding the black motor cycle. Both gunmen have left on the cycle and are believed to have travel out of the city via Band room Lane and onto Glebe Road shortly after 6.00pm.

The investigation at this stage is that this is a gang related attack which has was carefully planned and carried out. Over 20 rounds of ammunition were discharged in the attack by both gunman. The third victim was associated to the deceased remains in hospital and the fourth was an off duty police officer enjoying the football with friends who was treated for gunshot wounds to his hands and discharged.

The appeal today is for people with dash cams, home CCTV and video door bells to have a look at your footage from 5 pm to 7 pm last night and if you see anything to get in touch – these gunman had to set up and ready themselves somewhere in our community and had to drive back somewhere. Please call 211, the main number 295-0011 or me personally on 717-2286. We have a web portal set up to assist anyone with footage to get it to us – please login on at; https://portal.police.bm/robinhood."

Four Shot at Robin Hood Pub & Restaurant: Investigation Underway [Updated]

Tue, 2021-10-26

Around 6:00 p.m. today, Tuesday 26th October, 2021, Police and EMS staff responded to reports of a firearms incident at the Robin Hood Pub and Restaurant on Richmond Road, Pembroke.

Reports are that unknown individuals entered the premises and discharged several shots in the direction of a group of men who were in the establishment.

Four persons sustained gunshot wounds.

Three of the injured parties were transported to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, while the fourth victim was taken to hospital in a private vehicle.

This matter is being treated as a critical incident with Assistant Commissioner Daniels as the Gold Commander and a team of detectives is being led by Detective Chief Inspector Peter Stableford of the Serious Crime Division.

There were several individuals inside the pub and restaurant at the time of the incident and the investigators are interested in speaking with anyone with information no matter how insignificant they may think it to be.

Acting Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons condemned this senseless act of violence, “This heinous act carried out by individuals who it would seem have no regard for life or even the safety and wellbeing of others for that matter, has left our community shaken. This is not who we are as Bermudians. The public can expect to see increased policing around reassurance patrols in direct response to this incident. This is being addressed at the highest level in terms of our response and commitment of resources around that. There were rumours circulating that a police officer was killed in this attack. I can categorically state, there is no truth to these claims.”

Meantime, we are again appealing for anyone with any information at all on this incident, to please call 211, the main police number, 295-0011 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.

Update - Wednesday, 27th October: Robin Hood shooting now murder investigation: 2 killed, 2 injured.

WhatsApp Message Allegations About a Person of Interest Not From BPS

Mon, 2021-10-25

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS), has been alerted to a WhatsApp message being circulated which contains allegations about a person of interest  to police.

We wish to advise members of the public to not circulate the message should you receive it and instead, immediately delete it.

Please be aware information regarding ongoing investigations involving persons of interest, should not be considered accurate or legitimate, unless that information is contained in an official BPS release.

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