At last nights Turriff and District Community Council meeting, officers from Turriff and District Community Policing Team reported on issues and crimes around Turriff since the last meeting.
Since the September meeting of the community council there had been 18 reported crimes, of which 50% had been detected. These included two drugs related crimes, one vandalism and one theft.
Officers reported that they had carried out an operation around the town centre and the wider area with an unmarked vehicle focussing on traffic and anti social driving offences. Officers dealt with one speeding driver on the A947, one instance of dangerous driving and one drink driver as part of this operation.
In town, two drivers were given Anti Social Driving Orders. These orders stay with the vehicle and the driver for 12 months and if there is a repeat offence in this time the driver risks having their vehicle seized and points added to their licence.
Officers pointed out that new drivers had a lower limit on the number of points they could ‘collect’ before losing their licence. Any driver who has had their driving licence for less than two years and who gets six penalty points will have their licence revoked. Once a person has their licence revoked they will have to apply and pay for a new provisional licence and pass both theory and practical parts of the driving or riding test again to get a full licence. https://www.gov.uk/penalty-points-endorsements/new-drivers
It was brought to the attention of the the meeting and Police Scotland officers that there have been reports of speeding along Victoria Terrace and cars meeting on the car park at the junction of Victoria Terrace and Crown Street.
Officers said that members of the public who witness antisocial driving around Turriff can call Police Scotland on 101 to report it. Providing details of the date, time and place of the antisocial driving along with details of the car make, model and registration will allow officers to speak to the drivers about the offences.
Other matters that officers reported on were issues of parking around Market St, Baden Powell Road and Beaconsfield Terrace, where they said they had not witnessed any issues but would continue to monitor the area. Officers said that one driver had been spoken to about parking on the No Parking area outside the charity shop on The Square, this will continue to be monitored also.