December Police Scotland Report for Turriff & District

The police Scotland report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Ward 7 areas during December 2019.

Ward 7 Community Council Report





January 2020


Community Council Report

This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Ward 7 areas during December 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 4
Auchterless, Inverkeithny and Fishford 1
Methlick 4

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 six recorded Assaults. Three occurred at licensed premises over the festive period and the other three were domestic related.

There has been two recorded Vandalism across the entire area this month, one appears to have been a reckless act of breaking a window within the Turriff area and the other was the destruction of campaign posters linked to the recent election.

There has been three incidents of public disorder and threatening behaviour this month. One being a contained domestic incident, one being a contained incident between two persons in Methlick and the last being at a licensed premises in Turriff over the festive period.

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

Acquisitive Crime:

This month there has been four reports of acquisitive crime. A Theft by Housebreaking with intent to steal was reported at a commercial premises within Fyvie. A Theft of motor vehicle from a rural property in Turriff. Both are currently be investigated by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department. An attempted Theft and a Theft by Shoplifting was also reported in Turriff area.

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 has been six road traffic offences reported during this period which includes failing to stop at the scene of an accident, careless driving, dangerous driving, as well as construction and use offences. These were detected right across our ward from Methlick, to the A947, Turriff and Cuminestown. 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.

Unfortunately due to December being a busier month for Police Scotland, Formartine CPT were unable to dedicate officers to carry out specific Op Illustrious patrols within Ward 7 this month. Service is expected to return to normal in the New Year.

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.

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This month we had three positive drug stops within our area, one being at a licensed premises in the Methlick area and two being within Turriff town centre. The offenders have been charged and reports have been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

We also received a report of a minor Fire Raising with the grounds of Rothienorman Primary School, this was a very minor fire and was extinguished without the assistance of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Enquires continue.

Community Engagement & Reassurance

Community Beat Officer

Our Community Beat Officer PC Douglas Donald continues 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.

Safety Advice

Formartine CPT are urging householders to keep their homes and vehicles secure by locking all windows and doors, garages and sheds and ensuring they have exterior lighting. It is often the case the thieves are looking for easy targets and if you leave your property insecure you are giving them just that and are more likely to fall victim to them.

Further crime reduction advice is available on the Police Scotland website – secure your home.

If members of the community witness any suspicious activity it can be reported to the Police using the methods detailed below.

Sergeant Richard Barnwell
Formartine Community Policing Team
Date: 8 January 2020

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