Police in Turriff have been carrying out dedicated high visibility patrols in response to a number of violent crimes that occurred in the area over Halloween.
The patrols took place on Friday 6 November and Saturday 7 November, as officers carried out checks on numerous licenced premises and interacted with the public.
Sergeant Richard Henderson, who took part in the patrols, said
Over the two evenings, the public and the licenced trade were equally supportive of the increased police presence. A number of our team were approached by members of the community, who appreciated seeing more officers on the streets and felt this contributed to a safer atmosphere. In contrast to the previous weekend, there were no incidents of violence or anti-social behaviour reported.
Police are appealing for information regarding two assaults that took place last weekend.
The first incident is believed to have happened at around 9:30pm on Saturday 31 October and took place on Cheyne’s Place, off of Main Street. As a result of the incident, a 16-year-old man suffered minor injuries. The suspect is believed to have been a man who was wearing dark clothing.
The second assault took place outside Tesco on High Street, at around 1:30am on Sunday 1 November. The suspect for the incident is described as a man in his 20s, approximately 6ft slim build, with short hair and wearing a white t-shirt. The victim, a 21-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.
Police can also confirm that a 26-year-old man has been charged in relation to two separate assaults that occurred on Saturday 31 October in the Castle Street and Clifton Road areas of Turriff. A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Inspector Jamie Harrison, of the Formartine Community Policing Team, said
Violent crime is one of the top priorities for my team and can reassure the public that any offences identified by officers in relation to alcohol-fuelled violence or disorder will be dealt with robustly.
I urge anyone with any information relating to incidents of violence in the area to contact Police on 101 at the earliest possible time, so officers can act on the information quickly and efficiently. Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
It has been reported locally that there was an incident at Turriff United Social Club on Saturday 31 October with four males involved in a disturbance where Police were involved.
If you were in Turriff over the Halloween weekend and saw anything, please contact Police Scotland.