The Officer In Charge of policing operations over the 2020 Cup Match holiday weekend has confirmed that an 18-year-old male was stabbed on Friday, in what was believed to be a gang-related incident.

Speaking at a news conference held this week, Detective Superintendent Sean Field-Lament said the young man suffered a non-life threatening injury.

The stabbing took place in the Camp Hill and Middle Road area of Southampton.

A full scale investigation is now underway and anyone with information that may assist is urged to come forward.

“We believe the incident is gang-related, but the victim is not making a formal complaint, as we would expect,” say Mr Field-Lament.

Another knife incident occurred in the Horseshoe Bay car park in Southampton on Thursday on the first day of Cup Match, following an altercation between three men, which ended with one man brandishing a knife.

Royal Bermuda Regiment soldiers who were on duty in the area reported the incident. Two men were later arrested after the man who brandished the knife fled the scene in a car with another man, he added.

But the car was tracked to a private residence in Southampton, where the two suspects were arrested.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact police on the 211 reporting hotline.

In all, police made 27 arrests between Wednesday night and Sunday night, including ten for outstanding warrants, nine for impaired driving and three for assault.

Other arrests included possession of a bladed article, possession of a controlled drug, dangerous driving and a breach of bail.

“Unfortunately, we’re seeing a lot of people carry knives on them for personal protection,” said Mr Field-Lament.

“That is a criminal offence and we’re trying to urge people to put the knives away.”

Officers on patrol issued 63 traffic tickets for speeding and other offences. The highest speed recorded was 86km/h, which is more than double the 35km/h speed limit in Bermuda.

Police and the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service were also investigating a suspicious fire which “basically totalled” a 21ft speedboat during the early hours of Sunday morning near Devonshire.

Boaters were also commended for recognising marine safety, particularly jet skiers who were mindful of other swimmers and raft-ups.