12 People Arrested At BeachFest Celebration

August 1, 2014

A total of 12 people were arrested at BeachFest yesterday [July 31]  for offenses including drug possession, invading on the privacy of a female, offensive words, affray, obstruction, and suspicion of wounding.

Over 4000 people were estimated to be in attendance, and although most of the event was problem free, a 17 year old male was arrested on suspicion of wounding after a 19 year old received a deep cut to his face, and a man was arrested after a female lodged a complaint that he pulled down her bikini bottoms.

A police spokesperson said, “The Bermuda Police Service was highly visible both by land and sea yesterday with a high focus at BeachFest where over 4000 people were estimated to be in attendance.

“Twelve persons were arrested for various offenses including possession of a controlled drug, invading on the privacy of a female, offensive words, affray, obstruction, and suspicion of wounding.

“Officers were on foot patrol on Horseshoe Bay when then received a report of a disturbance involving a large group of men. Officers responded and on arrival saw and spoke to a 17 year old male who was uncooperative with officers and bleeding from a wound to his face.

“As Officers were escorting him to have medical attention they became aware of the victim, a 19 year old man who was seen with a large deep cut [4"] to his face. Officers tried to speak to him to ascertain the circumstances surrounding his injuries and he too was very uncooperative.

“After initial inquires officers ascertained that the 17 year old male was the aggressor, he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of wounding. Both males were taken to KEMH for treatment.

“Full details of both men were obtained, and the accused who had been drinking was subsequently booked into Hamilton Police Station and detained.

“Meantime, officers were continuing their observations on Horseshoe Bay when they were approached by a 32 year old female who states she was volunteering at BeachFest and assisting with cleaning up.

“She was using a golf cart to collect trash when she left the vehicle unattended, and a male jumped in and drove off at very low speed. The complainant gave chase, caught up to the suspect and pulled him out of the cart.

“She then alleges that he then pulled down her bikini bottoms. The man was arrested for invading on the privacy of a female and taken to Hamilton Police Station,” added the police spokesperson.


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  1. i and i says:

    If this is how you act when you go out ,then perhaps you shouldn’t go out.

  2. Terry says:

    Booze vs Weed.
    I need a rum.

    • sage says:

      You are an idiot.

    • Sign of things to come says:

      Guess this is how Marc Bean and his PLP party has invisioned for the who whole island with his plans for recreational drug use and gambling. come monday might talk about tax revenue would could have made if we taxed them of all the things illegal that took place instead of arresting them.

      • Kunta says:

        Maybe if they strip clubs here he could’ve paid to do it.
        It has nothing to do with politics, that’s why Amsterdam is a hot spot, plenty weed and strip clubs.

      • Meri says:

        Weed doesn’t make you like alcohol sorry if you haven’t tried it you can’t say

  3. i and i says:

    This is why police should have data base real time facial recognition, it would be such a time saver,cost effective and preventative remedy.Once you are aware of the problem childs presence you can prepare the rude awakening…sit back and pounce in a timely manner…..we’ll call it “operation peekah boo!”….or peekah fatchin boo!….we see you!It’s alllllll about acceptable behaviour….some of this behaviour is unnacceptable….dey know it….we know it….we gotta quell the bad behaviour,before it happens….and as it happinz….after is too late.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      don’t worry its coming whether you want it or not…enjoy

    • Samuel L. Jackson says:

      Ok I voted you down for suggesting the facial recognition in citizens but operation peeka fackin boo is funny as hell lolololol. You are stupid for that one hahahaha made my morning.

    • Jim Jones says:

      Can you explain how facial recognition technology would be cost effective? Do you know what it costs? Do you even know how it works? This ain’t the movies…..

  4. Well done B.P.S. Keep up the good work…

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      ok ray…they didnt have to quell a riot…lol…they jus did what they’re paid to do…if 4000 people acted up then…hey!

      • Watcher says:

        Actually there was close to a riot at the end of the night that left a couple of the officers I saw covered in other peoples blood and some guys with some bad injuries. Way too many drunk kids and wannabe gang bangers for the bps guys to deal with.

    • X man says:

      I agree with you 100% — but it’s going to take a full Police presence like CupMatch as Beach fest Grows Bigger – which means
      more money [ we don't have ] for manpower expense.– I see it coming!
      I was there – a lot of Drinking and Weed Smoking – CupMatch is the same – went to both -enjoyed Cup Match better.

  5. Come On Man says:

    that’s what happens when you have so many drunk lunatics in one place.

  6. sswhite says:

    Peremtive strikes George?

  7. Triangle Drifter says:

    Sad…it is Cup Match & people don’t know how to behave even for a 4 day weekend.

    Watch out Sunday for the beer fueled jet skiers in Mangrove Bay. Should ban the things from the area.

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      Put 4 fast police boats in the area – and see what develops!! I know who will lose!!

    • sage says:

      Jet skis dont have exposed props like all those drunk operated boats and punts. Stop hatin’.

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        The machine is not the problem. It is the mule riding it.

    • Logic76 says:

      They are banned from the area on Sunday.

  8. Kim Smith says:

    I wish that the press were down at the beach at the end of the event last night. The state that these people left the beach in was absolutely deplorable. Virtually the whole beach looked like a trash dump. I was absolutely stunned at the sight… as were some of the police officers who were there. This was not a sign of a civilised people… and I am not exaggerating. I do not believe that this event should be held in the future. I do not want my taxpayer dollars being spent to clean up after a bunch of human beings who can’t even clean up after themselves. The vulgar things that were coming out of many young people’s mouths was so disappointing. Bermuda, we have a big problem if this is any indication of the quality of people we have raised. Finally, it will be interesting to hear how many people leaving the beach were stopped for drink driving. It would have been hundreds… whether they were stopped or not.

    • Triangle Drifter says:


      Here are a couple comparisons for you. A few years ago I had the pleasure of attending & camping out at the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival. Over 1000 RVs were parked on a huge area that seemed like it was half the size of one of our parishes. We had to stay an extra night after the Festival was over so we were almost the very last to leave.

      The place was SPOTLESS. No trash at all. There were plenty of dumpsters & people used them.

      Last year we attended a bluegrass music festival in upstate NY. Again, a huge camping area. Took over 20 minutes to walk from far end of camping area to main stage. Something like 20,000 in attendence.

      Again we were late leaving. Looking around, again the huge field was virtually trash free.

      What is the matter with Bermudians? What makes them so disrespectful? What makes them such slobs?

      They brought all of that stuff to the beach. Why could they not take it home?

      • Kunta says:

        Don’t forget de ex-pats too, Bermuda basher.

      • Kunta says:

        Just like de slobs at de Rugby Classics.

      • I heart 441 says:

        Both events you attended had a different demographic of citizens that attended. Now whats the primary age of attendees at Beachfest, teens and young adults with access to alcohol. You were once a teen, so your comment is pointless.

      • Captain Obvious says:

        The comment you are responding to clearly said She was there at the end of the Day..Probably while the clean up was still going on. and even in your statement you said you were there the day after the event. The Majority had a good time responsibly and then cleaned up after themselves , however it would have been a good idea to have the trashbinns emptied throughout the day. with maybe an onsight dumpster that could be carried out a day or two later once the entire clean up is done. Bermudians aren’t slobs maybe you haven’t noticed or done care to but Bermuda is much cleaner in comparison to the states you just mentioned, counrty even.

    • Ya got me Rollin says:

      I do not believe you should attend in the future.

    • Tiger Lily says:

      Many event organisers overseas actually measure the success of the event by how much trash is collected. They weigh it, examine it and provide data for the organizers. that helps them with selecting food vendors, giving people jobs, the demographics of people who come (eg: smokers,children, healthy snacks). I support our the event and perhaps we could have more cleaners on the beach during the day.

    • Captain Obvious says:

      Did you go down on the second day to see how it looked? If it was nice and clean would you suggest the press then or would that not suit your argument?

  9. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    12 people out of 4000 odd…not bad at all bermy…wonderful days at the beach enjoy.

  10. Truth is killin' me... says:

    They should all be made to pick up the trash at Horseshoe because the amount of trash left after this party was off de chain and totally unacceptable! I wouldn’t be surprised if there are hundreds of bottles resting at the bottom of the ocean inside the bay either. Animals!!

  11. somuchless says:

    Bernews you gotta be joking about the guy who took the golf cart and pulled down the girl’s bikini. Things like this Only happen in Bermy. Holla.

    • Captain Obvious says:

      Are you kidding only in Bermuda? that is laughable. shows you how sheltered this island is…immature antics and the guy should get beat but thats no excuse to bash the event

  12. long bay trading co. says:


    I live close to Long Bay East entrance and want to share a story. I have lived here for 15 years and every cup match for 15 years it has been lots of campers, cars, noise, music etc. not counting booze, cars and more music!!!!!

    This year I HAVE TO SAY THAT IN DAY 1 AND DAY 2 OF CUP MATCH THIS YEAR I did NOT, NOT, NOT , hear noise, BUT WHAT I DID HEAR WAS CHILDREN!!!!!!!!! I wish I could transfer the sound of the children laughing, talking, whooping it up, etc

    I have to say that I am very angry at what the PLP/BIU/PC continue to be such devisive and abusive functions upon Bermuda.

  13. long bay trading co. says:

    and i have to say the sound of the children is FANTASTIC……young voices, young folk and mostley like today, the sound of childrenn laughing, whooping it up and roaring on numbers………………………….but mostly I cou;d hear a contest and winnners and loosers roar……………..and animals vs humans but mostly us humans vs the rest.

  14. MAKE MY DAY says:

    Alcohol and drugs cause people to do “crazy” things!! People never learn!!

  15. BermieChick says:

    Kim Smith you worried about what is coming out of these people’s mouths! you need to go cup match as you will hear worse. The unfortunate part is that you are going to hear loud vulgar things no matter where you go. everyone is on holiday enjoying themselves and they don’t have to be PROPER. yes I think that cursing every other word is vulgar and lack of vocabulary but you know it’s 2014. If it isn’t directed at you….ignore it.

    • Kim Smith says:

      thanks for the suggestion, BermieChick, but it’s not that cut and dry. I believe that what we ‘put out there’ actually matters, both the words and the vibe… it affects us and those around us… and has a domino affect.

      • sage says:

        You ladies not notice the graduation from batty riders to thongs this year? Seeing as everyone complains about pants hanging down? Guess it’s ok, what’s in store next year?

    • @ bermiechick: how and what people choose to do in the PRIVACY of their own homes is their business. But to exhibit the type of behaviour Kim Smith refers to is not ACCEPTABLE in the PUBLIC DOMAIN.It is offensive and the majority of people at public events do not want to have to listen to filth.

      • I also concur with Joan and Kim.Unfortunately, “birds of the same feather tend to flock together” :-( Or as we use to say, “show me your company and I’ll tell you who you are” Children often follow the behavior displayed by the “adults” and that is the starting point…

  16. Alan Gordon says:

    I know no one would ever expect me to weigh in on the results of booze at a public festival, so I’ll keep it short: booze is “crimino-genic”, meaning that it causes crime amongst its users. I doubt very much that any non-drinkers were arrested (except for those busted for cannabis, which is ironically ANTI-criminogenic.

    We, as society, need to look at what sorts of drugs we push on our young people. We should never push any drugs on young people, and, if we see that a drug is causing an actual problem, we should take steps to reel it in. ;) Reel simple! ;)

    • D says:

      I don’t understand why you post got so many DISLIKES because you’re right!

      I agree 100%

  17. X man says:

    I was there for a short time – too many people Drunk,and High – a lot of Weed Smoking.- so the 12 arested is
    no supprize to me -should have been more – I left and went to Cup-match were I enjoyed the more Traditional Atmosphere.
    Quiite frankly this Beachfest thing didn’t move me at all.—
    Beach Fest would be the perfect event to have on the Saturday after Cup Match. -

  18. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Alan Gordon…you’ve got an answer for everthing when it pertains to pot. You should have been born a bud of “northern light” and I would have promptly picked you and smoked you!

  19. DitchtheBars says:

    I would suggest they get rid of the bars altogether. I used to love going to the beach on the Thursday of Cup Match, before it was called “Beachfest” and after. If you drank you’d bring your own cooler once the drinks where gone, that was it, cause no one was leaving to get more, parking is a nightmare! There was a steady decline in behavior with the adding of the cash bars. Never had these issues prior. I honestly don’t understand why they are needed. People can’t consume what is not provided!! I’m all for a Bevie at the beach but BYOB then go home! Hydration Stations are needed, but serve them water not booze.

    • Get Ya Facts Straight says:

      Organizers were denied a liquour license which means that all the liquor was brought onto the beach by attendees – there were NO cash bars this year and the only beverage provided to the public WAS water / soft drinks. So your point is moot.

  20. A.W.R. Jr. says:

    The worse drug ever is still available legally even on sundays.(ALCHOHOL) what suggestions would you take (Mr. Gordon). And what would you have the youth do on a holiday. It’s already not much to do for the younger crowd on this island. We need outlets that gov and the elders before us have either ruined themselves or took away for what ever reasons. (Kim Smith) – they have volunteers to clean up the trash the day after. I for one have helped 3 years now and have yet to receive anything for it. What taxpayers money are you talking about?

  21. Ameboa says:

    Looking at some of the comments as good they may sound the people saying this is what should happen are ******. For one there was never enough litter bins and it was so many people present that Parks couldn’t empty them in a timely manner or even reach them for that matter. Police can only do so much and for some strange reason they themselves are their own worse enemy. Someone mention jet skis at non-mariners, I think they out of touch. Jet skis have long been banned from Mangrove bay for that event. Like every thing else that goes on on this island the powers that be and the govt of the day don’t listen to us (the people) but will bring in an EXPERT to tell us how to fix it. And that very same money could have employed those right here to fix it. Any big event has its own share of problems and the organisers, police, DPT, know this but I doubt if they all come together to say how we going to tackle this so that the holiday runs smoother. I for one feel that the govt should change the legislation on public transport when it comes to holiday events like this here, instead of putting people on holiday hours so that buses can run later then midnight . How many events have we seen where our young people are stranded and have to find a way home and usually not the way they would like to get home. So just don’t blame the parents. Most times this cuts into a parents work hour or they cant leave. I don’t know if you all remember a lil while back someone stated that public transport should be an essential service and everyone was up in arms. Well May 24th, Good Friday, Cup Match are good reasons why it should be. Locals and tourist left stranded or to rely on a taxi to get home.. not knocking the taxi service but a ride home is not CHEAP. Spread the burden out, ease the stress factor… This may sound far fetched but it will give people jobs. The guy who operates the Fun Bus out of Snorkel is hit or miss but it provides a way for those to get home after events like Snorkel.

  22. Maddog says:

    This event is out of control. Underage drinking, excessive drinking, outrageous behavior, kids passed out in the bushes, young girls with shockingly inappropriate attire. I am waiting for the day someone drowns, dies from alcohol poisoning, or a young girl is gang raped, and then we will be shocked and surprised. The police cannot do everything, parents,do you know where your kids are? What time they come home, and in what condition? Do you know what your daughters are wearing when they leave the house? Take a little interest, Come by and take a look, know and understand the environment, and then consider if you want your kid there. I am one to support a party and having fun, but this is out of control.

    • Jim Jones says:

      The parents are all out getting their hot on too

    • Captain Obvious says:

      Are you kidding only in Bermuda? that is laughable. shows you how sheltered this island is…immature antics and the guy should get beat but thats no excuse to bash the event

  23. Alvin Williams says:

    Well at least for the most part the crowds at cup-match were well behave; it must be the up bringing and of course the culture.

    • Creamy says:

      Oh yes. There were no mob gang fights at the cricket ground this year, were there. Unlike other years, despite the “upbringing and culture”.

  24. senior bizz says:


  25. Jim Jones says:

    In other jurisdictions their are massive fines for leaving trash on the beach.
    Why not in Bermuda?

    • Captain Obvious says:

      Who would they fine? the beach was open to the public Many people were not there to see beachfest

  26. Jim Jones says:


  27. trevor says:

    who lets these teenagers drink at these events,

  28. trevor says:

    you think the parents care? ,,most, not all bust MOST are out themselves partying with their own friends drinking and smoking the same way, i can pretty much 100% GUARANTEE that,,

  29. I'm just sayin.... says:

    Smh look at their examples look how our country is being governed lies capitalist tactics and a lot of other sh,, They are a reflection of us people so when we wanna just do what ever sometimes they just wanna do whatever.Lead by example I do.

  30. PBanks says:

    Visited Horseshoe Bay on Tuesday. Plastic shooters, cutlery, used napkins, bottle caps by the dozen, enough chicken bones to play a game of Jenga with, all littered the beach.

    Disgusting. And dangerous, too.