September Police Scotland report for Turriff & District

The September Police Scotland report to Community Councils in the Turriff & District Ward 7 area

Ward 7 Community Council Report





September 2019


This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Ward 7 areas during the period 1 September to 30 September 2019.

The report aims to highlight emerging issues in your area, and to provide crime prevention advice and guidance to Community Council members and residents you represent. Our focus is to reduce crime and disorder, help create safer communities and respond effectively to local concerns.

Community Policing Priorities

Ward overview:

Community Council Area No. of Crime Reports
Turriff and District 19
Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter 7
Auchterless, Inverkeithny and Fishford 1
Methlick 1

Note: Please be advised that the numbers above relate to individual crime reports recorded by Police Scotland during the review period. A single crime report may contain multiple offences.

Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:

During this period there have been 2 recorded Assaults. One of these relate to drunkenness at a licensed premises in Turriff and one relates to a Domestic incident in Methlick.

There has been only one recorded Vandalism across the entire area this month, which is a big reduction on previous months. This incident is still under investigation and relates to a broken window at a residential property in Turriff.

There has only been one report of a crime of disorder, this being threatening and abusive behaviour in the Turriff area which has been detected.

Acquisitive Crime:

This month there has been two reported Theft by Shoplifting in the Turriff area. Both have been detected with the offenders reported to the PF.

There has been six reported thefts in our area this month, which includes two housebreakings. One of which was a rural property in the Fyvie area and the other a residential property within Turriff. The other thefts include the theft of a pedal cycle, theft of industrial supplies from a container and industrial yards and a theft of batteries from temporary traffic lights. These offences remain under investigation, with officers from the CID proactive unit assisting with the Housebreakings.

Road Safety & Road Crime:

Formartine CPT supported by Roads Policing units continue to target anti-social driving within Turriff and the surrounding towns. The major issues remain around Turriff High Street and Tesco Car Park and is frequently discussed between Police and partner agencies.

There have been seven road traffic offences reported during this period ranging from careless driving, drunk driving, hit and run and no insurance, right across all areas. These are all either detected or still under investigation. Targeting persons who commit offences on our road networks continues to be a priority for Police Scotland.

In April, Operation Illustrious launched which has seen dedicated speeding patrols conducted across our area, specifically Methlick, Woodhead of Fyvie, Rothienorman and Turriff. This operation is due to run for 12 months with regular deployment of dedicated Officers to carry out patrols and speed checks in response to concerns raised.

Working in conjunction with Aberdeenshire council, several locations have been identified as problem areas. Over October, specific attention will be paid to the Methlick area following a recent speed survey being carried out in the village.

Other incidents:

Speeding and Parking issues continue to be the priority issue highlighted by the majority of our areas. This remains a focus for local officers and further patrols will be carried out with a view of combating and reducing this issue.

Controlled drugs and their use/sale remains an issue across all Local Policing Areas however, with the support of the Community and regular reporting on drug dealing and drug use, Officers from the Formartine Local Policing Team will continue to proactively tackle those involved in this type of crime. Any information available from members of the public is invaluable and can be passed to Police using any of the below communication methods.

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Appeal for help in tracing elderly woman in Turriff area

As a direct result of information provided to us by members of the public, we have two crime reports this month of individuals supplying Cannabis in the Turriff area, the investigations are still on going, however reports will be submitted to the PF once completed.

Community Engagement & Reassurance

Community Beat Officer

Our Community Beat Officer PC Douglas Donald is continuing to engage with our communities and has been attending various clubs and meetings across the Formartine area to provide Policing inputs and discussion with their members.

PC Donald has been carrying out regular foot patrols in our more rural towns and villages. By speaking with locals and listening to their concerns he has been able to highlight local issues as well as gaining vital information to assist in the detection of crimes.

Operation Cedar/Illustrious

Operation CEDAR continues to target driver behaviour with a focus on education of poor behaviours. This core operation will form the backbone of the newly revised local anti-social driving campaign.

Operation ILLUSTRIOUS, in direct conjunction with Op CEDAR, will take the form of dedicated high visibility and intelligence led patrols and speed checks across the Formartine area by Officers from the Formartine Local Policing Team, based at Ellon and Turriff, supported by Officers from North East Division’s Roads Policing Unit.

Rural Watch

North East Scotland Rural Crime and Safety Partnership has been set up to specifically target matters affecting rural areas, including road safety, acquisitive crime, agricultural safety, live-stock worrying and hare-coursing.

In addition to this and after recent consultation with the national Neighbourhood Watch and the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC), the Formartine Community Policing Team is keen to encourage local residents to sign up and use “Rural Watch Scotland”. You can register online by visiting the Rural Watch Scotland website.

We will be looking to use this service more often to issue urgent alerts in relation to rural crimes, offences or other activities which happen within our area. It is a fantastic tool that can be used to provide targeted information to the people who need it most. Sign up is free and doesn’t take long.

Wildlife Crime:

Between 6 and 13 October 2019, Police Scotland will be engaging in a week of action targeting wildlife crime in all its forms. Patrols will be increased in remote rural areas in an attempt to detect and deter crimes such as hare-coursing and poaching. Should you have any information about potential suspects or areas they may frequent to carry out Wildlife crime then please advise us by any of your usual means of contact.

Into the start of October, we have already been receiving reports of hare-coursing in the Rothienorman and Fisherford areas. Specific attention will be given to these areas.

As we progress through 2019, the Formartine Community Policing Team will continue to endeavour to engage more with our communities by providing directed foot patrols and speeding patrols in villages and towns across this ward.

Contact Us

Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following:

Sergeant Richard Barnwell
Formartine Community Policing Team
Date: 6 October 2019

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