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Bell concerned by rapes spike

STATE National Security Minister Keith Bell yesterday stood by his earlier comments that there has been a recent spike in rapes, but insisted that Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade was correct when he told reporters that the overall reported cases of the crime are down.

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Romanian accused of ATM hack asks for bail

A ROMANIAN accused of having a hand in the recent hacking of bank automated teller machines appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday seeking bail.

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Fraud accused faces more charges

A WOMAN awaiting trial for more than two dozen fraud related charges was back in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of more crimes.

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Confusion as police chief says rape figures down

RAPE statistics are trending downward compared to last year, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said yesterday amid increased focus on reported instances of the heinous crime.

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Pair accused over $1m drug seizure denied bail at court hearing

TWO men were denied bail yesterday after being arraigned in connection with a $1 million drug seizure in Acklins.

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Man pleads guilty to $20,000 worth of marijuana

A MAN was spared an immediate prison sentence yesterday after he pleaded guilty to possession of $20,000 worth of marijuana.

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Robbery investigated

GRAND Bahama Police are investigating a robbery in the Polaris Drive area where a woman was pushed to the ground by a masked man and robbed of an undetermined amount of cash.

Shootings on the increase

THERE have been 44 reported shootings since September 1 to October 21 – 12 of which have added to the country’s murder count, according to The Tribune’s analysis of the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s daily crime reports yesterday.

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Murder victim was wearing an electronic ankle bracelet

ONE of the country’s latest murder victims was out on bail and wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, Supt Paul Rolle said yesterday.

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Peeping Tom convicted of indecent behaviour

FREEPORT – A man who is accused of peeking into windows and masturbating was convicted in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court of indecent behaviour, trespassing, and vagrancy.

Witness no-show delays gambling trial of 71-year-old

WITNESSES did not show at the Magistrate’s Court yesterday for the trial of a Bahamian entertainer accused of allowing his bar to be used as a place for gaming.

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Questions raised over fishermen's marriages

A MAGISTRATE yesterday expressed concern for the “red flags” raised from the marriage certificates and spousal permit applications of four Dominican men seeking bail ahead of a trial for illegal fishing.

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Two held after $1 drugs find

TWO men are in custody after police caught them yesterday with more than 1,000lbs of marijuana worth an estimated street value of $1m.

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Bell: Repeat offenders may be to blame for rise in rapes

STATE Minister of National Security Keith Bell yesterday said investigations into recent rapes reveal there is “a very strong possibility” that repeat sexual offenders are to blame for the spate of rapes in New Providence.

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Two murders in six hours

TWO men were killed in separate shootings yesterday which occurred less than six hours apart.

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