Police made a total of 23 arrests over the New Year’s holiday, including six for impaired driving and four for possession of a bladed article between 5pm on Friday, December 29 to 5am this morning.

A police spokesman said other arrest were made for various offences, and 21 traffic ticket were issued as well.

“Four local males were arrested for possession of bladed articles in three separate incidents, with court appearances pending,“ he added.

“One male was arrested during a traffic initiative in St George’s, the afternoon of January 1; another male was arrested in the early morning hours of January 1 on Front Street, City of Hamilton; while the other two males were arrested the night of December 31 after being stopped for a traffic infraction by mobile patrol officers in Paget.

“Court appearances are also anticipated for six people arrested on suspicion of impaired driving, with three failing the alco-analyser test and three refusing to take it.

“BPS patrol officers issued five tickets to motorists for not having a driver’s licence; four tickets for not having vehicle insurance; four tickets for operating an unlicensed vehicle; four tickets for speeding; two tickets for having illegal licence plates; one ticket for driving without due care and one ticket for permitting an unlicensed person to drive.

“In addition, 14 motorist advice notices or official written warnings, were also issued.”

In summary, this BPS activity resulted in:

  • 4 males arrested for possessing bladed articles.
  • 6 suspected impaired drivers arrested.
  • 13 people arrested for various other offences.
  • 21 traffic tickets issued.

Bladed Articles Seized & Four Arrests Made

Four local males were arrested for possession of bladed articles in three separate incidents, with court appearances pending. One male was arrested during a traffic initiative in St. George’s, the afternoon of 1st January 2024; another male was arrested in the early morning hours of 1st January 2024 on Front Street, City of Hamilton; while the other two males were arrested the night of 31st December 2023, after being stopped for a traffic infraction by mobile patrol officers in Paget.

Six Arrested on Suspicion of Impaired Driving

Court appearances are also anticipated for six people arrested on suspicion of impaired driving, with 3 failing the alco-analyser test and 3 refusing to take it.

13 Arrested for Various Other Offences

Those arrested include 4 people for outstanding warrants; 2 people for wilful damage; as well as 1 person for assault on police; 1 for common assault; 1 for possession of a controlled drug; 1 for burglary; 1 for stealing a vehicle; 1 for theft; and 1 for prowling.

21 Traffic Tickets & 14 Official Written Warnings Issued to Motorists

BPS patrol officers issued 5 tickets to motorists for not having a driver’s licence; 4 tickets for not having vehicle insurance; 4 tickets for operating an unlicensed vehicle; 4 tickets for speeding; 2 tickets for having illegal licence plates; 1 ticket for driving without due care and 1 ticket for permitting an unlicensed person to drive.