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Police: shootings considered to be gang-related

January 27, 2016 - Author: bdadmin
Court Street in Hamilton, Bermuda.  Location of recent shootings.

Court Street in Hamilton, Bermuda. Location of recent shootings. photo: bernews

Both of Friday’s shootings are believed to be gang-related, according to the Bermuda Police Service.

At a press conference in Hamilton Police Station yesterday, Acting Inspector Jason Smith from the Serious Crime Unit said that officers were investigating whether the two incidents were linked.

He added: “We’re also hearing that there are other gangs that have formed within those gangs. We have to recognise that, in some instances, this is a new reality.”

Pastor Leroy Bean, of anti-gang group Cartel, told The Royal Gazette that the splintering of groups within gangs was not a new phenomenon.

He added: “This has been happening for quite a while. Certain gangs break off, because you have individuals who are leaders in their own rights, so they’re not going to take commands.

“We in Bermuda have allowed to get to a certain point, rather than taking the bull by the horns years ago.”

Acting Inspector Smith urged members of the public to “be bold” and report any information they may have on Friday’s two firearm incidents.

The first incident took place at about 11.30am, as a 20-year-old man was shot while turning from North Shore Road in Pembroke on to Overview Hill. The two men responsible for the attack then sped away on a black motorcycle east on North Shore Road.

The victim was taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, before being taken off the Island via air ambulance for further treatment.

The second incident took place at about 7.05pm, as two men chased another male from Court Street on to Angle Street before one opened fire. No one was harmed in this incident, and everyone involved fled the scene before police arrived.

“We can all do our part and stand up to these individuals,” Acting Inspector Smith said. “We can take back our community. If you know something, you should say something.”

He added that the BPS had two “very distinct” witness appeals to the public.

The first is for anyone who may have seen two men on a black motorcycle between 11am and 11.30am acting suspiciously in the area of North Shore Road, Berkeley Road, Palmetto Road or St John’s Road, or if anyone saw two men at about 11.30am travelling east on North Shore Road. “We would also like to hear from anyone who has CCTV cameras attached to their house who live along North Shore Road, east of Overview Hill,” he said.

The second appeal is for anyone who was in the Court Street, Ewing Street, Angle Street and Middletown areas, who may have witnessed the incident as it unfolded between 6.30pm and 7.10pm, or may have seen the suspects leave the area.

Acting Inspector Smith said: “In both of these cases, there is someone in our community who knows who the suspects are. It may be a girlfriend, family member or friend. You may have overheard the planning of the event or you know where these males retreated to after the event.

“We need you to be bold and come forward. The information that you possess, even though it may seem insignificant to you, may be the small tip that helps in solving these crimes.

“There is a family that is now in pain, as they deal with the new reality of a loved one dealing with serious injuries. Let’s do our part to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

•Anyone with any information is asked to call 247-1218 or the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477

source: RoyalGazette

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8 Reasons to head to Bermuda this year

January 19, 2016 - Author: bdadmin

There’s lots more to Bermuda than a Triangle and shorts: Eight fantastic (and terrifying) reasons to head for the Atlantic island

St David's Lighthouse from Cooper's Island Long Bay

St David’s Lighthouse from Cooper’s Island Long Bay

  • Though many think it’s in the Caribbean, it’s actually near North Carolina
  • Bermuda is perhaps best known for its Triangle and shorts with suit jacket
  • However, there are plenty of adventures on offer on the small island nation

By George Glover For The Mail

Name an island in the Caribbean that begins with a ‘B’: Barbados or Barbuda… or what about Bermuda?

Bermuda begins with a ‘B’ and it really sounds as if it should be in the Caribbean (British heritage, palm trees, white beaches, warm blue waters) but it’s actually in the Atlantic some 600 miles to the east of North Carolina and offering a holiday experience in many ways quite different to the Caribbean.

It may be better known for its Triangle and its shorts (shorts with long socks and a suit jacket and tie – really?). However, Bermuda deserves to be more famous as a sweetly seductive travel destination.

One of the distinctive things about Bermuda is that while other Commonwealth nations were quick to separate themselves from British rule, Bermuda has been happy to stay more closely linked to the UK.

Nola shipwreck in Bermuda is on TV in UK.

The boiler of the 1863 Montana. *Photo supplied

Prior to its settlement by the British in 1609, Bermuda was unoccupied. The island has the honour of being the oldest and most populous remaining British Overseas Territory.

Its first capital, St George’s, was established in 1612 and is the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the Americas.

Here are eight great reasons to enjoy Bermuda…

1. Snorkelling

With waters clear down to a depth of 150ft, all you need is a mask, fins and snorkel for an amazing exploration of the undersea world. And what a colourful world it is. Discover coral-crusted shipwrecks from more than five centuries of nautical history and swim around the Atlantic’s largest and most beautiful coral reefs.

2. Whale watching

In March and April, Bermuda’s wild beauty comes to life when whales make their annual visit. Witness the migration parade of the humpback and other species. With the clear blue waters of the Sargasso Sea to the east, and the warm currents of the Gulf Stream just to the west, Bermuda is perfectly situated along the migration routes of whales as they travel to their northern feeding grounds each spring.

3. The Old Railway Trail

This provides the perfect route for exploring Bermuda. Converted into walking and cycling pathways the length of the island, the trail connects colourful villages, hidden coves, spectacular bluffs and historical sites as it crosses bridges and meanders through lush greenery. Walk the trail or cycle – bike hire (suitable for those over 12) is from £19pp per day.

Incidentally, bicycles, taxis, buses, scooters and ferries are the most common modes of transportation on the island. There are no rental cars available for visitors due to strict environmental laws.

4. Exciting excursions

Newport Bermuda 2014 Race.

2014 Newport/Bermuda race information for captains, crew and fans.

A range of new Bermuda experiences allow visitors to taste genuine island life with local people. For example, enjoy a Family Dining Experience where you spend an evening with a local family in their home, learning to prepare and cook traditional Bermudian dishes such as fish chowder, BBQ chicken or grilled red snapper. From £90.

5. Enjoy Bermuda and New York

Virgin Holidays is offering a flexible, two-centre holiday option for UK travellers, pairing Bermuda with a city break in New York, which is a two-hour flight from the island. The package is available all year and can include any combination of nights.

Fly from Heathrow this month and stay for two nights at the Martha Washington Hotel in New York, followed by five nights at the Grotto Bay Hotel, Bermuda, from £1,175pp. Based on two people on a room only basis.

6. Learn To Sail Programme

Bermuda is the home of the 35th America’s Cup next year, and the Bermuda Tourism Authority will be launching a new Learn To Sail Programme in association with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club during the build-up to the big event.

7. Cliff diving

Thrill-seekers cannot resist taking a jump off Bermuda’s limestone cliffs into the sparkling waters below – and rockclimbers love it as well. To get to many of the best cliff-diving spots, you have to scale the cliff first – be very careful up there!

John Smith's Bay Beach - South Shore Bermuda

John Smith’s Bay Beach – South Shore Bermuda

8. Eco adventures

Learn about Bermuda’s volcanic origins, shipwrecks and the mysteries of the ‘Triangle’ at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, the science and marine history museum. Entrance is £9 for adults, £5 for children. Visit Find out more about the island’s environmental conservation at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, which has recently been renovated and is set in picturesque gardens. Entrance is £10 for adults, £3 for children. Go to


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