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BPS Thanks Public for Curfew Compliance, Asks for Continued Cooperation

Mon, 2021-09-20

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) would like to thank the public for its support in adhering to the new curfew regulations which went into effect this past weekend.

Na’imah Astwood, Acting Assistant Commissioner – Operations- said, “We are grateful to the public for working with the police in obeying the new COVID regulations as we all work together to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus and its highly contagious Delta variant.

There was only one person found in breach of the current curfew regulations over the weekend. We remain hopeful the community will continue to comply with the new regulations which remain in place until Friday October 1st, 2021.

We would also remind individuals to ensure they allow ample time to get to their final destinations before the start of the nightly curfew at 12:30 a.m. During previous curfew restrictions, the Bermuda Police Service observed an increase in high rates of speed by individuals attempting to make it indoors before the start of curfew.

This resulted in a number of serious road traffic collisions. A situation we would not like to see repeated during the current curfew restrictions.

We have already recorded nine fatal road traffic collisions so far this year and there were several serious collisions over the weekend.

While our officers will be out on the roads ensuring compliance, we wish to appeal for individuals to exercise even more caution when using the roads in the hours just before the start of the nightly curfew.

Again, we urge that you leave for your final destination in time enough to avoid any untoward occurences.

Should any situation arise which requires that you leave your residence during curfew hours please call the main police number, 295-0011 and speak with the on duty Inspector, prior to taking any action.

Let’s continue to work together as we see our island though this difficult time."

Social Media Hoax Message Circulating Did Not Come From BPS

Mon, 2021-09-20

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is aware of a message purportedly issued by the organisation and now being circulated on social media, warning residents to be aware of would be government workers distributing masks for the prevention of COVID spread.

The post suggests these masks contain some form of anaesthetic property which renders individuals incapacitated after they follow the “government workers” instructions that they be tried to ensure proper fit.

The post claims that once incapacitated persons are then robbed of valuables by these individuals portraying themselves as government employees.

The BPS wishes to inform the public, it has not issued any such notice.

Investigations have revealed the notice originated in another jurisdiction and is now being circulated here.

Anyone receiving the hoax message, is advised to immediately delete it and not forward it on.

Further, any BPS advisories to the public are issued via the local print and broadcast media, as well as via our own social media pages.

Person of Interest Appeal: Zywonde Lema

Mon, 2021-09-20

The Bermuda Police Service is once again asking for the public’s assistance in locating 19-year-old Zywonde Lema.

Mr. Lema is a light skinned, black male, approximately 5’ 3” in height, slim built, clean shaven and wears his hair in a high top fade.

He is known to frequent the Peat Lane, Pembroke area as well as Cedar Hill in Warwick, and Camp Hill, Southampton.

Mr. Lema is a person of interest to police.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Acting Detective Inspector, Dean Martin, on 717-2074, via e-mail or, the Serious Crime Unit on 247-1739.

Serious Road Traffic Collision on South Road in Warwick [Updated]

Sun, 2021-09-19

Around 7:50 p.m. on Sunday 19th September, 2021, police responded to a reported serious road traffic collision involving two motorcycles on South Shore Road just east of the LITT restaurant.

Details are limited at this time, but reports are two motorcycles headed in opposite directions collided near the junction of South Shore Road and Glenwood Park Lane, Warwick.

One of the riders, a 46 year old male, reportedly sustained a broken arm and was in and out of consciousness.

The second rider, a 21 year old male was reportedly alert and had suffered only minor injuries.

Both men were attended to at the scene by EMS personnel and subsequently transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where at last check, they were being attended to for their injuries.

The roadway was closed while Traffic Collision Investigators and officers from the Forensic Support Unit processed the scene.

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

Update: Tuesday, 21st September - At last check, the 46 year old male rider involved in Sunday evening’s serious two motorcycle collision on South Road in Warwick was in critical condition in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, while the other rider involved, a 21 year old male, was being treated at the hospital for a broken arm and awaiting further medical evaluation. Both men are local residents.

The investigation regarding the circumstances of this collision continues and witnesses that have not already come forward – or members of the public with relevant information – are once again asked to call 211 or the main police telephone number, 295-0011, as soon as possible.

BPS Role in Current COVID-19 Curfew Enforcement

Fri, 2021-09-17

With the announcement of a 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. curfew as part of the PUBLIC HEALTH (COVID-19 EMERGENCY POWERS) (PHASED RE-OPENING) AMENDMENT (NO. 7) REGULATIONS 2021, Na’imah Astwood, the Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police – Operations - said, “Our aim is to ensure compliance, as we endeavour to work alongside our community to prevent any further spread of the COVID-19 virus and its highly contagious Delta Variant which is now playing havoc with our healthcare system.”

Unless exempted or in case of an emergency, persons are not allowed to be away from their home or accommodation during the hours of 12.30am to 5am.

Under the new Regulations, an enforcement officer may stop any person to determine whether they are in compliance with or, exempt from the night time curfew.

If a person is found to be in contravention of the curfew regulations, “breaking curfew”, an enforcement officer may at any time:

Unresponsive Male Found on Blue Hole Hill, Hamilton Parish [Updated]

Thu, 2021-09-16

At 2:20 a.m. today, Thursday 16th September, 2021, police received a 911 call reporting an unresponsive male lying in the eastbound lane of Blue Hole Hill, just east of the Swizzle Inn Restaurant, Hamilton Parish.

Reminder: Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images is an Offence

Mon, 2021-09-13

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is aware of videos and images being circulated on social media showing intimate encounters between locals and advises members of the public that the non-consensual sharing of intimate images is an offence.

Residents are reminded that the Criminal Code Amendment (Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Act 2021 became law on 15th June this year and under the Act, persons convicted of relevant offences can receive up to five years in prison.

Therefore, should any member of the public receive such content, it is strongly recommended that they delete it and not share it.

It should also be noted that circulating such content could additionally constitute an offence under the Telecommunications Act 1986 – with the punishment, on summary conviction, listed as one year in prison or a fine of $2,000 – or both.



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