October Police Scotland report for Turriff & District

The police Scotland report for October 2019 for the Turriff & District ward

Ward 7 Community Council Report





Octoberber 2019


This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Ward 7 areas during October 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 8
Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter 1
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 3 recorded Assaults. All have been minor in nature and contained incidents.

There has been only one recorded Vandalism across the entire area this month, it was a targeted incident between individuals who knew one another.

I am pleased to advise that we have received no reports of damage done to any public property, or any reports of public disorder this month.

Acquisitive Crime:

This month there has been only one recorded Theft in the Turriff area, it was minor in nature with the offender being traced at the time of the offence and dealt with.

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 three road traffic offences reported during this period which includes failing to stop at the scene of an accident, no insurance and driving under a provisional license. These were detected on the A947 and within Turriff. 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.

At the time of writing, the results for October’s deployments have not been collated. However, during September 2019, officers deployed under Operation Illustrious across Formartine issued 34 warnings for excessive speed, 7 fixed penalty tickets for a range of motoring offences, 2 reports were submitted to the Procurator Fiscals office and 1 vehicle was seized for no insurance.

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 in the North East 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 ‘Contact Us’ methods.

Also on My Turriff
Police investigating incidents at two historic sites in the North East

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.

PC Donald is also responsible for the deployment of our mobile speed sign, which he has deployed in various communities within Formartine. Its aim is to provide drivers with a visual representation of their speed and educate them as them enter or travel through our villages and towns.

Operation Cedar/Illustrious

Operation CEDAR continues to target driver behaviour with a focus on education of poor behaviours. This core operation forms a key part of our local anti-social behaviour / driving campaigns, Operation ABACABLUE and Operation ILLUSTRIOUS.

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 engaged in a week of action targeting wildlife crime in all its forms. Local Formartine officers contributed to this by carrying out patrols in our remote rural areas in an attempt to detect and deter crimes such as hare-coursing and poaching. Even though this week of action is now over, we are still keen to carry out such patrols and should you have any information relating to potential suspects or areas in which wildlife crime may be carried out then please advise us by any of our usual means of contact.

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: 25 October 2019

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