This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Banff, Macduff and surrounding areas during the period 1 July 2020 to 31 July 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
Antisocial behaviour, Violence and Disorder:
A female has been charged and was kept in custody to appear at court the following day in relation to threatening and abusive behaviour following an incident within Banff.
A call was made from a local resident in Aberchirder in regards to youths starting a fire within a wooden area near to her home. A young male was cautioned and charged with wilful fireraising.
A male has been charged and reported in relation to 2 x assaults within Banff.
Another male has been charged and reported in relation to assaults, a vandalism and threatening and abusive behaviour.
A male has also been charged and reported for a vandalism following an incident in Banff.
A female has been charged and reported for a theft which occurred in Macduff.
A male was charged and kept in custody to appear at court the next day in relation to threatening and abusive behaviour, being in possession of a controlled drug and a knife.
There are also ongoing enquiries into vandalisms which have occurred Macduff, Cornhill, and Gardenstown.
Several calls have been made in relation to youths gathering at Banff Links Caravan Park and consuming alcohol. Police have carried out regular patrols there and this has resulted in seizures of alcohol and tobacco products and some youths being conveyed home due to underage drinking.
A male was cautioned, charged and kept in custody to appear at court the following day relating to the following offences: 4 x Thefts and 1 x Fraud in Banff and Macduff, 1 x Theft by Housebreaking in Banff, 1 x Theft by Shoplifting in Banff and 1 x Theft by Housebreaking and 2 x Theft by Shoplifting in Aberchirder.
A young male has been charged with 3 x Theft By Shoplifting at two shops different shops within Banff and he has been reported to the Youth Justice Management Team.
A female was charged and reported for a Theft in Macduff.
Enquiries continue into 2 further Theft by Shopliftings within Banff and also a Theft of Fuel in Banff.
Enquries were made into a possible housebreaking with intent to steal within Portsoy.
Road Safety & road crime:
A male has been charged and reported for failing to stop after an accident and failing to report that accident in Forglen.
A male has been charged and reported for having no insurance and failing to wear a crash helmet in Gardenstown.
A male was charged and reported for careless driving at King Edward.
In Banff a male was charged and reported for parking on double yellow lines and leaving his car unattended whilst the engine was still running.
A male was charged and reported for Dangerous driving at Boyndie.
A male in Portsoy was charged and kept in custody to appear at court the next day for various Road Traffic offences, Police assault and threatening and abusive behaviour.
A male was stopped following reports he was driving under the influence of drugs. Further enquiries are ongoing in relation to this.
Serious and Organised Crime:
Enquiries are ongoing into two frauds. The two frauds do not appear to be linked. One relates to someone gaining access to and transferring money from a persons bank account and the other relates to a person receiving money by offering to rent a property to the victim but this property is not owned by them and the occupants of that property are not aware of this.
Following an intelligence led operation a Drugs Search Warrant was executed at a property in Aberchirder.
Two males on two separate occasions were found in the possession of controlled drugs.
The public are reminded that they help in the fight against drugs in our community by calling Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if they wish to remain anonymous, If they have any information regarding Drug activity or any other type of criminality.
Community Engagement and Reassurance
We currently have an operation running throughout the school holiday period whereby our aim is to reduce instances of antisocial behavior. We aim to carry out high visibility patrols at various identified hot spots, where youths are known to frequent.
We will raise awareness of youths buying or consuming alcohol and/or tobacco and adults buying alcohol and/or tobacco on behalf of them. Also advice will be given in relation to anti-social foodstuff purchases such as eggs and flour.
Our plan is to deter and detect incidents of antisocial behaviour and provide reassurance to our local communities.
Introduction – Rachael Davison, Banff Community Beat Officer
I have newly taken over as the Banff Community Beat Officer replacing Graeme Smith who has now taken up a new role as Sergeant at Banff Police Station.
I have just over four years’ service and I have spent the majority of my working time based at Banff so I have a good knowledge of the local area and the local issues. This is something which will help me provide a high standard of service to the local community and help me address issues raised.
I look forward to working alongside you all and attending your meetings when it is possible for me to do so.
In relation to the COVID 19 restrictions Police Scotland are taking an Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce approach. What this means is that when breaches are reported to us we will follow each step in order to resolve the breach before resorting to any enforcement action.
Please also remember you can communicate with us using any of the following:
Constable Rachael Davison
Community Beat Officer
Banff and Buchan West Community Policing Team
Date: 04 August 2020