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Inquiries Underway Regarding Reported Medical Emergency [Updated]

Fri, 2022-09-16

Approximately 1pm Thursday 15th September 2022, police and fellow first responders attended a reported medical emergency involving a person found outside a Pembroke Park Lane residence.

On arrival at the Pembroke property the individual in question, understood to be a 62-year-old Devonshire man, was located. He had apparently fallen from a wall and sustained a head wound.

EMTs rendered first aid on site before transporting him to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance, where he continues to be treated for a potentially life threatening head injury.

Inquiries are underway regarding the circumstances of this reported medical emergency and members of the public with any information are urged to come forward.

Please contact Detective Inspector Clifford Roberts on 717-0590, 247-1744, e-mail or call 211.

Alternatively, tips can be provided to the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477.

The public’s assistance is greatly appreciated and any information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Update: Saturday, 17th SeptemberThe Bermuda Police Service (BPS) can now identify the man hospitalised with a potentially life threatening head injury as 62-year-old Randall Walker.

At last check, Mr. Walker remained in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

Around 1pm Thursday, 15th September 2022, a member of the public reported finding the 62-year-old lying on the ground with a head wound outside a Pembroke Park Lane residence.

He had apparently fallen from a wall at the Pembroke property.

Inquiries continue regarding the circumstances of this incident and members of the public with any information – in particular, those with knowledge of Mr. Walker’s whereabouts in the hours prior to 1pm Thursday – are once again urged to come forward.

Please contact Detective Inspector Clifford Roberts on 717-0590, 247-1744, e-mail or call 211.

Any information received by the BPS will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Alternatively, tips can be provided to the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-8477.

Acting Superintendent Laws Participates in West Midlands Police 2022 Operation Unity Observer Programme

Thu, 2022-09-15

As part of ongoing efforts to ensure our officers receive high level training in preparation for leadership roles and providing overall better policing, Acting Superintendent Jerome Laws recently participated in the “West Midlands Police 2022 Operation Unity Observer Programme.” The programme provided an opportunity for police and security partners to gain first hand insight into the planning and delivery of a major operation.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games took place in the West Midlands between Thursday 28th July until Monday 8th August. The region, with the help of West Midlands Police and colleagues from all over the United Kingdom, hosted more than 6,000 athletes from across 73 Commonwealth nations and territories. The observer programme provided delegates with the opportunity to see first-hand, the final security operation preparations in a controlled environment.

Delegates visited key logistical sites and heard invaluable first hand insights into specific areas of planning and delivery of the Games. With the opportunity to visit both competition and non-competition venues, integral operational and logistics hubs and hear direct from the team, delegates learnt about the approach to the planning operation, how the plans developed and the lessons learnt along the way. 

The comprehensive programme covered work streams such as:

·         Operations, Support, Command and Control

·         Resourcing

·         Transport & Logistics

·         Engagement

·         Business Support

·         Business Continuity

·         Testing & Exercise Testing

17-Year-Old Rider in ICU After Collision Near Devonshire Post Office

Thu, 2022-09-15

Around 4pm Wednesday, 14th September 2022, a serious two vehicle collision involving a SUV and a motorcycle occurred at the junction of Middle Road and Orange Valley Road in Devonshire, near Devonshire Post Office.

It now appears that the driver of the SUV was exiting Orange Valley Road to head west along Middle Road when the motorcyclist, who was travelling east along Middle Road behind a taxi, attempted to overtake the taxi. As a result, the SUV and motorcycle collided. The SUV then struck a wall and went over an embankment.

The rider involved, said to be a 17-year-old male from Pembroke, was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital via ambulance for treatment of head injuries. At last check he had been admitted into the Intensive Care Unit.

The SUV driver, said to be a 57-year-old Paget woman, was not hurt.

Both vehicles were damaged and traffic in the area was diverted for approximately two hours while the scene was processed.

Inquiries continue and any witnesses that have not already come forward are asked to contact Constable Bruce Sandham on 211, or e-mail, as soon as possible.

Operation Vega: Speeding, Ignoring Traffic Signs Top Recent Road Offences

Tue, 2022-09-13

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) continues to enforce Operation Vega, in order to help make our roads safer.

It is concerning to note that 19 motorists were arrested for impaired driving from 8th August until 12th September 2022, despite that number being a slight reduction from the last reporting period (11th July until 8th August 2022), when 22 motorists were arrested for impaired driving.

During this period (8th August until 12th September), 716 tickets were issued for various traffic offences – an increase of 76 from the previous period’s total of 640. Motorists receiving tickets for speeding and ignoring traffic signs also increased from the previous period.

The breakdown of the most recent ticketed traffic offences is below. The change compared to the previous period is provided in brackets.

Speeding                                 368 (+75) highest ticketed speed was 94 kph.  

Disobeying a traffic sign       113 (+35)                 

Unlicensed vehicle                  75 (+1)                  

No third party insurance        59 (-2)           

No driver’s licence                   46 (-12)      

Helmet                                       15 (-7)               

Manner of driving                    12 (-9)

Failure to stop                          11 (+11)

Defective vehicle                       7 (+6)

Seatbelt                                       4 (-17)                        

Disqualified driver                     3 (-6)                     

Cell phone                                   2 (0)

Fraudulent documents              1 (+1)

Failure to give name/address  0  (0)

In addition, 98 warnings were recorded in the most recent statistics, up from 91 during the last reporting period. Since inception (6th July 2021), Operation Vega has logged a total of 7,388 traffic tickets for various road offences.

Chief Inspector Robert Cardwell of the BPS Tactical Operations Division stated, “This last period of Operation Vega enforcement 8th August to 12th September represented another good period of traffic enforcement. The numbers in this period compared to the last period of measurement (11th July to 8th August) were up in most categories.

We remain concerned around the number of unlicensed and uninsured vehicles on the roads as well as the number of people driving without a valid driver’s licence. Speeding offenders continue to dominate the moving violation ticket numbers with speeds in this period seen between 57kph and 94kph. 94kph is almost triple the lawful speed limit. Many of the traffic collisions we are seeing on the roads are attributable to speed and inattention – at times combined. Collision reduction is the goal of Operation Vega.

Impaired driving arrests on the roads even in light of Road Side Sobriety testing, which is unfortunately sporadic due to the legislation framework we have to work within, is also a concern. We continue to caution against driving whilst impaired, whether by alcohol or drug, due to the inherent dangers and risk of injury that can be caused not only to yourself, but to someone else. Any individual driving whilst intoxicated suffers from slowed down reflexes and a temporarily lowered mental acuity, which compromises the ability to control their vehicle. “Buzzed” driving is still drunk driving and is dangerous.

We are very pleased with the traction Operation Vega has had, thanks to the hard work of all of the men and women of the Bermuda Police Service, specifically the Operational Units. Our ultimate goal is to make Bermuda safer. This is what we are all working towards – and includes ongoing vigilance regarding road safety.

Collision numbers are still much higher than we would like to see them and the continued loss of life on the roads is a real concern. We continue to attend collisions that have resulted in serious injury, including head trauma and the loss of a limb. Driving or riding safely should be everyone’s top priority. The practicing of safe driving basics every time you are on the road is every drivers/riders responsibility.

The use of distracting devices such as a cellular phone, which is unlawful, is heavily frowned upon by other motorists sharing the road with you, as a result of the clear distraction it causes while driving.

The speed limit is 35kph and is reduced in some built up areas, such as where pedestrian traffic is high, or in school zones. Driving above the speed limit, or without care, caution and consideration for your surroundings, puts you and others at risk of injury or worse.

Making Bermuda safer is not just a job for the police service. This is something we can all contribute to and it can be achieved on the roads by slowing down as a start. We have been overwhelmed by the public support for Operation Vega and it is clear that calming the roads is the want of most.”

Two Arrested, Cash & Suspected Controlled Drug Seized After Vehicle Stop

Mon, 2022-09-12

Around 1:40am Monday, 12th September 2022 police officers on mobile patrol had cause to stop a car in the Tribe Road Number 2 Warwick area, in the vicinity of Ord Road.

The officers saw two occupants in the vehicle and based on their observations, searched them under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

As a result, a quantity of suspected controlled drug, described as a white rock like substance and a quantity of cash, were seized.

Both occupants, a 64-year-old local man and a 58-year-old local woman, were then arrested in connection with this matter and later released on police bail, pending further inquiries.

A court appearance is anticipated in due course.

Murder Victim Identified as 16-Year-Old Kanye Ford, Suspect in Custody

Mon, 2022-09-12

The Bermuda Police Service, (BPS) can confirm the identity of the victim in that fatal stabbing incident which occurred in the car park of Horseshoe Bay beach, shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Friday September 9th, 2022, as 16-year-old Kanye Ford.

Mr. Ford was among a group of individuals gathered at the car park for a private social event when he became involved in an altercation with several other males.

Mr. Ford sustained stab wounds to the chest and was attended to at the scene by police officers and EMTs. He was transported by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

Sadly, he subsequently succumbed to his injuries.

A second male who was also injured during the altercation, was attended to at hospital, for a non-life-threatening injury to his arm and discharged.

A 19-year-old male has been arrested in connection with this, the eighth murder for the year and is assisting police with the ongoing investigation into this matter.

Detective Inspector Jason Smith of the Serious Crime Unit said, “There were approximately thirty people in attendance at the event at Horseshoe Bay car park, when this tragic event occurred. While our investigation is being progressed based on information received, we are once again appealing for anyone who was present or, who may have any information on what transpired to please get in contact with us. Someone had to have witnessed what happened and we urge you to come forward and help bring closure to the family of Mr. Ford and those responsible to justice.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the lead investigator Detective Constable Odessa Philip on 717-2193, via e-mail, or, Detective Inspector Smith on 717-0864 or, via email,

Of course you may also call 211, the main police number 295-0011, Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 or, provide the information to a police officer with whom you are familiar.

Suspect Arrested, Cash & Suspected Controlled Drug Seized

Wed, 2022-09-07

On Wednesday, 31st August, 2022, The Bermuda Police Service Drugs Unit, executed a search warrant at a Hamilton Parish residence where several packages containing the suspected Controlled Drug Cocaine, and cash in excess of $16,000.00 BDA, were seized.

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm that a member of HM Customs Bermuda, has been arrested in relation to this matter, as well as other offenses stemming from a police operation conducted on 4th August, 2022.

Acting Detective Superintendent Sherwin Joseph of the Specialists Investigations Department stated:

“Our investigations into these matters are ongoing and no further information will be provided at this time”.

The BPS Drugs Unit will continue investigations.



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