In response to “heightened community tensions”, the Bermuda Police Service will step up their presence at football matches on New Year’s Day.

Police officers will join with the Bermuda Football Association’s (BFA) security committee for the Friendship Cup and Shield finals at the Somerset Cricket Club.

Police will also step up patrols on New Year’s Eve during celebrations at City Hall and the annual onion drop down at the east end.

Martin Weekes, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, and Lyndon Raynor, head of the BFA’s Security Committee, said that there will be a “zero tolerance approach” to antisocial behaviour during this festive occasion.

“The public should be aware that police road checks will be in place to prevent violence at the various venues throughout the holiday,” said Mr Weekes.

“These will be coupled with ongoing Roadside Sobriety Checkpoints in the areas of bars and clubs where it has been identified that offences of Drink Driving may take place.

“On behalf of all the members of the Bermuda Police Service, Bermuda Reserve Police and our community partners, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy new year as we seek to build on the partnerships and good relationships formed with the wider community in 2019 to achieve even greater success in making Bermuda safer in 2020.”