Ming: ‘These Conversations Need To Continue’

February 8, 2019

Noting she was “incredibly saddened” by the incident involving two males attacking a student in St. George’s, MP Renee Ming said she has attended meetings with the police about the “development of a proper policing plan for St. George’s,” and this incident “served as reinforcement that these conversations need to continue with the expectation of action in the very near future.”

Her statement follows after police responded to an incident at Somers Garden in St. George’s on February 6th.

“A group of CedarBridge Academy students along with their teachers were on a field trip visiting St. George’s,” a police spokesperson previously said.

“As the students and teachers entered Somers Garden a 17-year-old male student was attacked by two males – described as approximately 5 feet tall, 18 to 20 years old wearing a black tracksuit and approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall wearing a green or grey tracksuit respectively.

“As a result, the 17-year-old male student received scratches to his neck.

“One of the teachers, said to be a 30-year-old woman, tried to intervene and sustained an injury to one of her fingers. She also dropped her black iPhone 8 during the incident, which was picked up by the assailants before they made good their escape.”

Ms Ming, who serves as the MP for St George’s North, said, “I was incredibly saddened to hear of the robbery incident involving a student and educator in St. George’s earlier this week,”

“While we would like to believe our community is the safest place in the world, the reality is that anti-social behaviour impacts our communities just like anywhere else.

“As recently as last week, I attended meetings with the Bermuda Police Service to ensure that the development of a proper policing plan for St. George’s remains at the forefront of senior management of the BPS.

“This recent incident has certainly served as reinforcement that these conversations need to continue with the expectation of action in the very near future.

“My heart goes out to the student and the teacher who were set upon and to the students who were impacted by the violence of that senseless attack,” she added.

Any one with any information about the incident is urged to call the Police Criminal Investigation Department on 247-1744 or the Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

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  1. question says:

    She thinks more ‘conversations’ will stop this from happening?

  2. Yahoo says:

    Yep, more talk is what we need.

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      No, we need more prayers!

      • Yahoo says:

        Absolutely, prayers will solve everything!

        • wahoo says:

          Everyting ‘cept de broken economy but don’t worry ’bout dat we got some real smart people talking about that too.

  3. MM says:

    Antisocial, is a poor word to describe criminal behaviour, and because such a word is used, it gives the higher ups a different mindset, and all primary care givers apply a soft soft approach to criminals. It’s okay if they hurt each other , it makes more room for the affluent.

    • question says:

      Yep. It isn’t ‘anti-social’ behavior. It’s violent criminal behavior.

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Like “bladed item”. It is a KNIFE! Gotta sugar coat everything. Make it politically correct so tender feelings are not hurt.

  4. Renee is a fantastic, educated, knowledgeable, informed, personable, an in-the-know P.L.P. representative. Rather happy with her work in the Eastern part of our small country.
    One can approach Renee on topics concerning St.George.

  5. PANGAEA says:

    A case that went to court cost the perpetrator only $1,000.
    Some others lost their membership.
    Female victims suffered in silence.
    Children being beat up.
    Domestic anger.
    Many unreported assults on seniors
    Armed robery gets a smack on the wrist.
    Murders are at an all time high.
    Several trafic colisions a day cause pain and suffering.
    The elderly are often a target
    Death on our roads.
    Alot of pent up anger.
    This Island is a war zone.
    Not a prety picture living here ,is it?
    Are we now living by the laws of the jungle ?
    Bermuda is gaining a reputation , it is not good.