January Police Scotland Report for Turriff & District

The Turriff & District Ward 7 report from Police Scotland providing information and statistics for January 2020

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 January 2020.

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 12
Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter 7
Auchterless, Inverkeithny and Fishford Nil
Methlick Nil

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 three recorded Assaults. One occurring within Turriff town centre between two males who knew each other, this has been detected and the offender charged. The second relates to a well-known individual causing a disturbance and assaulting staff at a Turriff convenience store, this has also been detected with the offender being reported and conditions in place preventing him returning to the store. The third relates to a domestic incident at a rural property in the Fyvie area, which has also been detected.

There has been two recorded Vandalism across the entire area this month, both occurred within Turriff, one related to house windows being broken, which is still under investigation and the other to car windows being broken which has been detected with two persons being charged.

There has been four incidents of public disorder and threatening behaviour this month. Two relate to threatening and abusive behaviour following closure of a licensed premises in Turriff, both have been detected. Another relates to a domestic incident in the Rothienorman area, also detected and the final incident relates to female acting aggressively in Turriff, also detected.

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. All of which relate to frauds and attempted frauds. One relates to an online purchase which was never delivered, one relates to a fraudulent PPI scheme and two relate to frequent business invoices sent to local companies. All remain under investigation by the Police Fraud team.

I am pleased to report there have been no physical theft of property within our area this month.

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 two reported road traffic offences during this period which includes speeding and documentary offences. The document offence was detected within Turriff town centre and the speeding offence was detected in the Fyvie area on the A947 with the vehicle in question travelling in excess of 93mph in a 60 mph zone. The offender has been reported directly to the Procurator Fiscal. Targeting persons who commit offences on our road networks continues to be a priority for Police Scotland.

In April 2019, 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.

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During January the majority of our officers have been deployed out with the Ward 7 area tackling major areas of concern in the Balmedie area with a view to reducing a dangerous problem arising there.

This month we have also endeavoured to provide more training opportunities to our officers in the use of our speed detection equipment. Realistically this will translate into more speed patrols throughout our area.

The Polesburn road in Methlick continues to be of concern and dedicated patrols will be carried out here throughout February, utilising our newly trained officers.

Other incidents:

Speeding and Parking issues continue to be the priority issue highlighted by all of our towns and villages. 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.

This month we had one positive drug stops in our area, with items being found within a vehicle during a routine patrol in the Turriff area. The offender has been charged and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

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.

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: 31 January 2020

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