Crime

Bay club brawl ends with four arrests

  • Bailey's Bay Cricket Club (File photograph)

A mob threw bottles at police who tried to break up a brawl outside a cricket club in the early hours of yesterday.

Four men were arrested after a fight involving several men broke out at the Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club in Hamilton Parish. A spokesman added officers used a Taser stun gun during the confrontation. Police went to the club after a report of several men fighting at about 1.30am.

He added: “On arrival, officers attempted to calm the situation and get those involved to stop fighting. However, the fighting continued and at one point, bottles were thrown at police.”

Police appealed for witnesses and said CCTV footage at the club was being reviewed.

They also asked anyone with video camera coverage of the area to contact them. Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley said that licensed premises had to take action to curb violence and antisocial behaviour.

Mr Corbishley said: “I wish to make it absolutely clear that I will not tolerate such behaviour as that seen at Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club last night, not only on behalf of law-abiding citizens but my police officers who attended and were the subject of violence by a selection of patrons.

“Liquor-licensed premises must ensure that the antisocial behaviour of a few does not affect the responsible socialising of the majority of responsible patrons and club members.”

Mr Corbishley added: “It is imperative that liquor-licensed premises take social responsibility for the welfare and conduct of their patrons as this has a profound effect on the community that they are a part of and Bermuda as a whole.

“The Bermuda Police Service will be responding to any antisocial behaviour linked to liquor-licensed premises with all of our law-enforcement options, which includes but is not limited to the temporary closure of offending properties.”

Michael Dunkley, Shadow Minister of National Security, backed the commissioner’s views and praised police officers for their courage in a difficult situation.

Mr Dunkley said: “Mr Corbishley echoes what was said after the recent murder outside another community club. Licensed premises must fulfil the conditions of the licence and patrons must be able to enjoy the surroundings without fear.”

He added: “I am pleased to note the commissioner has recognised one tool at their disposal is the temporary closure of a licensed premises.

“It can be effective if used in the correct manner and offending organisations are provided the help they require to deal with challenges faced.”