‘On the beat’ with Sgt Richard Barnwell

Welcome to our 'On The Beat' section covering the Turriff and surrounding area.  We are thankfully living in very safe area with very low crime levels and those that do occur are detected very quickly.  I will highlight just some of the crimes that have occurred and where we may need your help and also highlight some other topics of interest.

Welcome to our ‘On The Beat’ section covering the Turriff and surrounding area.  We are thankfully living in very safe area with very low crime levels and those that do occur are detected very quickly.  I will highlight just some of the crimes that have occurred and where we may need your help and also highlight some other topics of interest.

A summary report of incidents during April – May

During April and May, we have had eighty crimes reported and recorded by Police at Turriff.  Thirty four of these are already detected, thirty six are still under investigation and ten have been closed as undetected.

Of these offences; nine related to road traffic type offences including careless driving, drink driving, speeding, and construction and use offences.  Fifteen related to crimes of disorder including threatening and abusive behaviour and antisocial type offences.  Sixteen related to Thefts, including shoplifting, theft of diesel and theft of motor vehicle.  Eight related to crimes of violence.  Eighteen relate to Vandalisms, including private, business and community premises and property.  We have received two reports during this period of wilful fire-raising, one of which has been deemed as deliberate and directed.  The remainder are a wide range of offences including; wildlife crime, drugs offences, fraud, breach of bail conditions and others.

I continue to encourage members of the public to report any criminal problems, issues or suspect behaviour directly to us, either by attending at the office, email, phoning 101 or 999 in emergency situations.  Anything else that you are not so sure about may be better brought to our attention through one of our community council meetings, community surgery events, or one of our future mobile Police clinics.

Local issues

As always, parking continues to be an issue within Turriff.  Information and warning letters have now been issued to residents in the Meadowview area, as well as Chapel Street and Cheyne’s Lane areas, where regular complaints are received of obstruction.

I wish to take this opportunity to remind all residents of the importance of parking vehicles in an appropriate manner so to ensure that their vehicle/s does not obstruct any other vehicle or pedestrian wishing to use the road and pavements respectively and does not obstruct any emergency services vehicles, including larger Fire Engines and Ambulances.

Any person found to be parking their vehicle in such a manner may be issued with a £60 fixed penalty notice, may be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and in addition should the owner / driver not be traced at the time, the vehicle may be removed and stored at the owners expense.

Anti-social / nuisance driving continues to be a common issue within Turriff and dedicated patrols will continue to target this problem.  The launch of Operation Illustrious by the Formartine Community Policing Team is focusing on road traffic offences and speeding with dedicated patrols being utilised to combat problem areas.  A new Operation which will focus on Anti-Social behaviour in all its forms is due to launch shortly and again will see problem areas being targeted to combat the issues.

Appeals

Local Officers are appealing to our local communities for any information relating to the following incidents:

About 1515 hours on Thursday 18 April 2019, a fire was set within the Haughs at the rear of Victoria Terrace, whereby an area of shrubs and bushes was set alight, which in turn spread onto a fence belonging to a private residence.  The Fire caused extensive damage to the fencing and also a trampoline within the garden.  If you have any information regarding this incident please contact us, directing your message to PC Chalmers at Turriff and quoting CF0095060419.

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About 2000 hours on Monday 6 May 2019 in the Castle Street area of Turriff, a male was assaulted by another male, who is described as being in his late twenties and wearing a white top.  The unprovoked attack left the victim lying on the ground bleeding heavily.  The area was very busy due to May Day Celebrations, if you have any information or had witnessed this assault taking place, then please contact us, directing your message to PC Raine at Turriff and quoting CF0112100519.

Between Wednesday 15th May and Thursday 16th May 2019, persons have attended at a trout fishery in the Delgaty area of Turriff, caused damage to equipment and fishing rods, set boats adrift and have stolen a fishing reel.  If you have any information regarding this incident please contact us, directing your message to PC Chalmers at Turriff and quoting CF0123740519.

Between Wednesday 22nd and Monday 27th May 2019, a quantity of diesel costing a mid four figure sum has been stolen from a construction yard located in the Beech Row area of, Fyvie.  If you have any information regarding this incident please contact us, directing your message to PC Davis at Turriff and quoting CF0133190519.

During Saturday 1 June 2019, within the Fraser Way area of Rothienorman, an electric toy car costing a low three figure sum was stolen from an insecure garage.  If you have any information or have seen suspicious persons attempting to gain entry to garages in the area please contact us, directing you message to PC Dowie at Turriff quoting CF0137320619.

If anyone has any information relating to any of these incidents then please get in touch via 101, email, attending at the office or, if you wish to remain anonymous, via crime stoppers – 0800 555 111.

Looking Ahead

PC Donald, our community beat officer, is now well into the swing of his new role and has been engaging with various groups across the Formartine area including various school visits and already has several other events planned in the coming months over the summer period.

Marquee season is upon us, with the Turriff and District JAC Marquee kicking things off at the Haughs on Saturday 25 May 2019.  I am happy to report that it went by with no major incidents or disorder, which is thanks in no small part to the organisers and staff at the event.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind our younger residents as the season continues, that where it might seem like a good idea to use an older friend’s identity document to try and gain entry into these events, if you are caught you and your friend may be subject to criminal charges.  Also on a more general note; taking the time before hand to plan how you are going to get home from these events and ensuring that you remain with a friend or two will greatly reduce the risk of you becoming a victim of crime yourself.

Our local operations, as outlined above, will continue to run over the coming months and I would urge local residents who are suffering from persistent speeding and anti-social behaviour to get in touch so that we can direct our patrols to the worst affected areas.

If you would like to report anything to the Police please use either our non-emergency number 101 or via www.scotland.police.uk or if you wish to remain anonymous, then use Crimestopers on 0800 555111.

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