August police report for Turriff & District ward

The Police Scotland ward report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Ward 7 area during August 2020.

Ward 7 Community Council Report

Community Council Report

This report covers progress we have made in dealing with your priorities for the Ward 7 area during August 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 AreaNo. of Crime Reports
Turriff and District18
Fyvie, Rothienorman and Monquhitter9
Auchterless, Inverkeithny and Fisherford1

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 eleven crimes reported of this type.  Three minor assaults were reported, two in the Turriff area and one in Fyvie.  There have been four reported minor assaults from domestic relationships, some of which are historic in nature, these are from the Turriff and Auchterless areas.  All of the assaults with the exception of two have been detected, with the remaining still under investigation.

There has only been one report of threatening and abusive behaviour this month, which occurred between two persons known to one another in the Methlick area, this enquiry remains under investigation.

There have been three reported vandalisms across the area this month. One in Turriff, where a door has been maliciously kicked and damaged, one in Cuminestown where a property’s windows have been broken and one in the Methlick area, where an unoccupied rural house has been damaged.  All three remain under investigation at this time.

Acquisitive Crime:

This month we have received eight reports of this crime type.

There have been two thefts from the Turriff area, one in which garden ornaments have been stolen and the other where a number of cats were taken without the owner’s permission.  There has been one theft reported in Fyvie where items were taken from the rear of an insecure vehicle. 

We also received a report of theft of a motor vehicle from the Fyvie area, this was contained within a domestic relationship.

Within the Turriff area there has been one report theft by housebreaking where entry was gained to a residential property and money stolen from within.  There has also been one report of attempted housebreaking to a business premises in Turriff whereby damage was caused to an access door but no entry was gained.

One report of fraud has been received from the Cuminestown area whereby someone has utilised the victim’s details in order to purchase items online.  Finally, there has been one report of attempted online extortion in the Turriff area, whereby threats have been issued in an attempt to gain money from the victim.  Both of these remain under investigation with our Fraud team.

Road Safety & Road Crime:

Formartine CPT supported by Roads Policing Teams continue to target anti-social driving within Turriff and the surrounding areas.  As lockdown has eased we have seen the return of the usual problems associated with Turriff High Street, Tesco Car Park and Turriff Primary School, along with some additional issues in relation to the new one way system and reduced speed limit in the town centre.

Officers from the Formartine Community Policing Team are dedicated to improving road safety in our area and will combat this issue wherever it is found.  To that end Operation Illustrious has been renewed for another year and specific speeding patrols have been deployed throughout Formatine. 

Specifically in Ward 7 this month, there have been several Operation Illustrious deployments in Rothienorman, Methlick and Turriff.  I am happy to report that the majority of road users were found to be obeying the speed limit, with 23 drivers being stopped and warned about their speed and two drivers in Turriff being charged with excessive speed.

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

During this period there has been seven recorded road traffic offences in our area.  Five of these relate to driving with no insurance from all across Ward 7 and the other two relate to the previously mentioned speeding vehicles in Turriff.

Other incidents:

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.

During this period, as part of a specific Operation Abacablue deployment, local officers have stopped and searched a number of individuals.  As a result two persons have been charged and reported for being found in possession of controlled drugs in the Turriff and Fyvie areas.

This month we have also received a report of a Wildlife crime in the Fyvie area.  This crime specifically relates to the improper use and deployment of traps.  I would like to remind land owners / managers and other countryside users to ensure that they are operating in line with current guidance and legislation.

Community Engagement & Reassurance

Operation Cedar

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 campaign, Operation ILLUSTRIOUS and Operation ABACABLUE.

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 website.

Police Scotland regularly use this service as a means to convey various information about our local area.  It has the benefit of being able to include more detailed information than is possible in a social media post, so it is really worthwhile signing up.  Sign up is free and doesn’t take long.


Just a reminder to everyone that it is your own responsibility to keep yourself and your families safe and up to date with current restrictions and measures put in place by the Scottish Government. 

Face coverings continue to be mandatory in shops and other places where effective social distancing is unlikely.

The conditions for licensed premises have eased considerably with them now being able to host patrons internally.  I would remind everyone attending at these establishments to abide by the social distancing measures to keep themselves and others safe.  This is also how you can support your local bars and restaurants, as if patrons are found breaching these measures then they may be forced to close again.

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

Information regarding your rights and responsibilities in relation to outdoor access can be found here on the Aberdeenshire Council website.

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

Thank you all for your cooperation during this difficult time, please stay safe and keep your families safe.

Sergeant Richard Barnwell

Formartine Community Policing Team

Date: 7 September 2020

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