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Seventh Road Fatality of 2021

Tuesday, August 03,2021

A 25-year-old man has succumbed to injuries sustained in a single vehicle motorcycle crash. The collision occurred on Scaur Hill, Somerset Road, Somerset, shortly after midnight on Sunday 1st August 2021. Officers were at the time conducting laser checks in the area of the Port Royal Fire Station when they clocked a motorcycle driven by a male at 79KMH, traveling west. Officers turned on their emergency lights and followed at a distance, due to the speed at which the rider was travelling. On arrival at the top of Scaur Hill, they observed the rider appeared to lose control and fell off the bike, which was subsequently found to have been stolen. The injured man was transported via ambulance for treatment to his injuries and warded in the Intensive Care Unit, at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where sadly, he this morning succumbed to his injuries. Anyone with information on the collision which led to him being in hospital, is asked to call PC Dennis Joell on 717-2221, the main police number, 295-0011 or, 211. This marks the island’s seventh road fatality so far this year.



Court Street Shooting: Two Men Injured, Investigation Underway [Updated]

Monday, August 02,2021

Chief Inspector Peter Stableford (Officer in Charge, Serious Crime Unit) – “Good afternoon everyone. It’s unfortunate again that eight days later, a second shooting here on Court Street. This one has happened at 1:45pm today (Monday, 2nd August). Two persons have been injured. They are being treated for their injuries at the hospital at the moment. The hospital is in lockdown. Again, this is the very early stages of this. We’re looking at every option as to what the cause and motives are. I know everyone likes to speculate as to whether it’s gang related. We just don’t know at this time, but we’re not ruling anything out. The only information I have at the moment is that it was two persons in dark clothing on a motorcycle; they’ve come along Tills Hill, shot at two males sat on the wall at the side of the road and driven off again. Anyone that has any information, again – I made this appeal last week – people just aren’t coming forward. People see what happens, but they’re not speaking with us. We need that assistance and the public’s help to target these individuals and to bring these individuals to justice.



Acting Commissioner Simons Addresses Recent Assaults on Police Officers

Monday, August 02,2021

The return of the Cup Match Classic and the festive mood this brings was a welcomed addition to the summer calendar. Things went pretty smoothly at the game. In addition to officers arresting a man carrying a suspected firearm (not part of the Somerset motorcade), other incidents over the long holiday weekend required a police response. Troublingly, the safety of our officers was threatened as they were assaulted by members of the public whilst bravely performing their duty. This meant officers had to take protective measures for their safety and the safety of others.



Witness Appeal After Reported Stabbing Incident at John Smith's Bay

Sunday, August 01,2021

Shortly before 1:00 a.m. on Sunday 1st August, 2021, police attended John Smith’s Bay following reports of a stabbing incident.  It appears several individuals had earlier gathered at that location for a birthday celebration. However, it is understood an altercation broke out around 12:30 a.m. and resulted in a twenty-year-old male and two nineteen-year-old females, being injured with what was believed to be a bladed article. They were each conveyed via private vehicle to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, where they were attended to for their injuries which were deemed to be non-life threatening.  At last check, the male victim along with one of the female victims were discharged, while the other female victim remained hospitalised. Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or, may have cell phone footage of the incident, to please contact 211, the Criminal Investigation Department at 247-1744, or the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number, 800-8477.



Firearm Seized & Suspect Arrested

Sunday, August 01,2021

At approximately 6:00 pm on Saturday 31st July 2021, police officers were regulating the flow of traffic during the Somerset Cricket Club celebratory motorcade. As the motorcade arrived at the St. George’s Cricket Club, police officers' attention was drawn to a man riding a motorcycle in an erratic manner on Wellington Slip Road, St. George. Officers stopped the man and issued him various moving violation tickets. They attempted to arrest him for an outstanding warrant. However, he violently resisted and the officers deployed their Taser to subdue him. During a subsequent search, the suspect was found to be in possession of a firearm. Officers seized the firearm for forensic examination and the suspect was taken into police custody. Police are aware that a number of individuals recorded the incident on their mobile phones. We are appealing for witnesses to this incident to come forward and provide any footage obtained. We ask that anyone with information, contact Senior Investigating Officer, Acting Inspector, Jason Smith on 717-0864.



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