Police target ‘bail bandits’

Police have arrested more than 200 people over the last two months as part of a crackdown on ‘bail bandits’.

In April, the RCIPS warned those wanted on outstanding warrants to come forward immediately or they could face arrest as part of the service’s crackdown on crime.

‘Operation Octopus’ officers have been working to recover unpaid court fines, bring those to justice who have failed to show up at court and stress the importance of upholding court orders, said an RCIPS press release.

Superintendent Fabion Sambula, Head of District Operations, said: ‘We will not let people get away with trying to avoid penalties imposed by the courts.

‘Fines can only be credible sentencing options if they are enforced properly – and we will see to it that they are.’

Police advise that anyone who thinks they may have an outstanding warrant against them or has yet to pay a fine issued to contact their local police station as soon as possible.

Those who have come forward to pay their fines should keep a record of receipt as proof of payment.

Weekend roadblocks

A series of police roadblocks carried out last weekend resulted in a number of arrests for driving and drugs offences.

A roadblock carried out on West Bay Road on Thursday, 27 July resulted in 25 tickets being issued and five people being arrested. The operation was carried out by uniformed officers with assistance from the K-9 Unit.

Numerous vehicles were stopped and checked. One man was arrested for displaying a licence plate with intent to deceive. Two people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and two people for possession and consumption of ganja.

On Saturday evening a further roadblock was carried out on Bodden Town Road by uniformed officers, again assisted by the K-9 unit. Four people were arrested after being found drinking alcohol in a vehicle. A search carried out by the K-9 unit also recovered a small amount of ganja, two ecstasy tablets and a small amount of cocaine. During this operation two traffic tickets and three production slips were issued.

Three people were also warned for intended prosecution for using a vehicle with expired registration and without a certificate of road worthiness.