March police report for Turriff & District ward

The Police Scotland report for the Ward 7 areas during March 2020, including advide & information about the Covid-19 lockdown.

Ward 7 Community Council Report
TURRIFF AND DISTRICT
FYVIE, ROTHIENORMAN AND MONQUHITTER
AUCHTERLESS, INVERKEITHNY AND FISHFORD
METHLICK

March 2020

Community Council Report

This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Ward 7 areas during March 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.

Ward overview

Community Council AreaNo. of Crime Reports
Turriff and District14
Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter1
Auchterless, Inverkeithny and Fisherford
Methlick1
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 four recorded minor Assaults, all relating to the Turriff area. One was contained within a domestic relationship, one related to an assault outside a licensed premises and another related to an assault within a family.  All three have been detected and reports submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.  One assault relates to a worker at Tesco being assault by an angry customer following restrictions due to COVID-19, this investigation is ongoing going with positive lines of enquiry being pursued.

There has been two crimes of disorder recorded this month, one being within Turriff and contained within a long standing neighbour dispute, the offender has been charged.  The other relates to a rural property near Rothienorman where the property owner was abused and threatened by persons who had been stopped for suspected hare coursing.  This investigation is ongoing with positive lines of enquiry being pursued.

There have been no reported Vandalisms this month.

Acquisitive Crime

This month has seen five reports of acquisitive type crime.

We have had two reports of Theft by shoplifting from stores in the Turriff area.  Both relate to well-known shoplifters with positive action being taken against both offenders.  There has been one reported Theft of various farming equipment from a rural address in the Methlick area.  Enquiry into this offence is still ongoing.  One offence relates to a an online fraud where by the seller has taken payment for an item but has not provided the item as advertised, enquiry into this offence is ongoing.

Road Safety & Road Crime

Formartine CPT supported by Roads Policing units continue to target anti-social driving within Turriff and the surrounding towns.  The long standing issue around Turriff High Street and Tesco Car Park remains an issues, with increasing reports linked to the Turriff Primary School and Meadowview areas. 

There have been four recorded road traffic offences during this period.  These include one driver being given an anti-social driver warning for careless and inconsiderate driving within Turriff town centre.  Other offences include driving with no MOT, failing to stop and report following an accident as well as various construction and use offences, such as bald tyres.  These were all detected in the Turriff area.

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 for its 12 month review, where it will be assessed, revised and implemented for a further 12 months.

This month within Ward 7 dedicated speeding patrols were conducted across the area with 12 drivers being warned for excessive speeds.  Due to recent concerns around Turriff Primary School, patrols were carried out where 2 drivers were warned in relation to their speed and 1 driver was charged and issued a fixed penalty ticket.

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.

Community Engagement & Reassurance

Community Beat Officer

This month we say goodbye to our dedicated Community Beat Officer, PC Doug Donald, who leaves us to pursue a different role within the Police.  He will be missed.

It is hoped that we will be able to announce the appointment of a new dedicated CBO soon, in the meantime all officers within our policing team will continue to positively engage with our communities whenever we can.

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 coming to the end of its 12 month run and as such we will be conducting a review of the Operation with the potential to implement a revised version of it for the coming year.  Any feedback you may have in relation to our dedicated speed patrols would be most welcome and would assist us with the review process.

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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 neighbourhoodalert.co.uk

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.

COVID-19 Advice

This month has seen significant impact on the provision of frontline services with the devastating global spread of the COVID-19 Virus (Coronavirus).  In one short month, this virus has completely changed the way we live our lives, with the UK Government issuing public safety instructions in the form of a UK wide lockdown.  Police Scotland have been provided new powers to enable us to enforce this lockdown when necessary.

Further information and details can be found here on the Public Health Matters Blog

I am pleased to report that the vast majority of people are abiding by the lockdown instructions, but there are still those who continue to put themselves and others at needless risk by flaunting the rules.

I am not going to go into the details of these instructions but I will try and provide clarity on various re-occurring issues that we are finding;

Children – Under 18:

We are seeing numerous reports of under 18’s meeting up / congregating in public places since the lockdown has been in place.  This is entirely unacceptable, you should not be meeting up with anyone out with your household.  Ultimately it is the parents of these children who are responsible for them and should exercise reasonable steps to ensure their children are safe and are abiding by the lockdown.  Any parent found not taking reasonable steps may be subject to any fines or charges brought by their child’s actions.

Exercise / Outdoor access:

One form of exercise is allowed per day, alone or with members of your household.  You should not be meeting up with friends or even family members from other households in order to exercise.  Any exercise should commence and conclude at your home address, there is no provision for anyone to drive to a location in order to exercise.  The point is to reduce social contact not increase it.

We are fortunate in Ward 7 that we are never more than a few minutes’ walk away from our beautiful countryside.  The lockdown has shown a sharp increase in the number of people out exercising in the countryside and it is important to advise them and remind others that your ‘right to roam’ is not absolute. 

Information regarding your rights and responsibilities of access can be found here on the Aberdeenshire Council website

In essence, your right to roam is subject to responsible use of the countryside and given the current global pandemic, the unnecessary wandering over farmers’ fields, the opening and climbing over gates or entering onto land or areas where farmers or at risk persons may be working and living is entirely irresponsible. 

You should not be entering onto any farm yards, passing through any private residential property or their curtilage and you should not be interacting with any animals that are not your own.  We have to remember that this virus can transfer and remain on hairs and surfaces long after you have left the area, you may needlessly be putting other people and yourself at risk.

A final point for dog walkers to consider; you are lawfully obligated to maintain control of your dog(s) whilst in a public place, if you are using the countryside be mindful that we are well into lambing season with heavily pregnant ewes and baby lambs all around us.  If you do not have 100% control over your dog whilst walking in the country then keep them on a lead.  Farmers have the lawful right to shoot any dog entering their land and worrying their livestock and you as the owner could face criminal charges for allowing it to stray, causing worry of injury to livestock.

Wildlife Crime

This month across the whole of North East Division we have seen an increase in suspected wildlife crime, with reports of hare coursing, deer and fish poaching all being reported.  It appears as though dishonest individuals and groups are trying to take advantage of the current lockdown situation.

I would therefore urge anyone with any information relating to wildlife crime to get in touch and report any suspicious persons or vehicles seen in rural areas to the Police.

Contact Us

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

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