Brakes need to be put on pave­ment cy­clists

Perthshire Advertiser - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Perth and Kin­ross area com­man­der Chief In­spec­tor Ian Scott com­piled this week’s CrimeBeat col­umn which cov­ers re­ported crime and po­lice cam­paigns in the week up to Wed­nes­day, August 23.

If you can help po­lice with any of the ap­peals, get in touch on 101, or you can speak in con­fi­dence to Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

Cy­cling on pave­ments

I have re­ceived com­plaints re­gard­ing the in­creased num­ber of cy­clists who chose to use the pave­ment in­stead of the road. I would like to re­mind cy­clists that it is an of­fence to ride on a pave­ment un­less it is a des­ig­nated cy­cle path.

Not only is cy­cling on pave­ments il­le­gal, it is anti-so­cial and cre­ates a risk to pedes­trian safety, in par­tic­u­lar those with im­paired sight.

Cy­clists should use the des­ig­nated cy­cle lanes which are there to pro­vide a safer route leav­ing the pave­ments clear and safer for pedes­tri­ans. Ru­ral crimes

In the last few weeks there has been an in­crease in ru­ral crimes across Perthshire, par­tic­u­larly in the Blair­gowrie/Strath­more area, with thefts of equip­ment, fuel, ma­chin­ery and even live­stock.

While we con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate th­ese crimes on their own mer­its, I would ask all of our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to con­tinue to be alert to sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties, whether this be on farms, open land, or even roads. Keep in con­tact with your neigh­bours and col­leagues around the area, and keep an eye out for each other.

If you see or hear of any­thing that you feel is sus­pi­cious or wor­thy of po­lice at­ten­tion, don’t hes­i­tate to let us know. Even if a crime isn’t be­ing com­mit­ted, it’s good to know just who is go­ing around, as they may well be up to no good.

Coun­cil­lor Peter Bar­rett, con­venor of the hous­ing and com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee, on learn­ing about the in­ci­dents, said: “With the re­cent spate of ru­ral crimes within Perth and Kin­ross, par­tic­u­larly in the Blair­gowrie and Strath­more area, I would like to re­mind res­i­dents of their per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity to take care of their own prop­erty, en­sur­ing build­ings are se­cured and high value items are stored out of sight.

“The lo­cal of­fi­cers are re­liant on com­mu­ni­ties be­ing alert and in­form­ing them of any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity by phon­ing 101 or if an

Po­lice have re­ceived calls about cy­clists on pave­ments in­ci­dent is on­go­ing by di­alling 999.” In­ci­dent up­dates

A 26-year-old man from Perth ap­peared at Perth Sher­iff Court on August 17 in con­nec­tion with a sub­stan­tial fraud. He has been bailed for a later court ap­pear­ance. Re­cent in­ci­dents

• A black and white Car­rera moun­tain bike was stolen from the close at 196 Strath­tay Road, Perth be­tween 2.30pm and 5pm on Wed­nes­day, August 9.

• A black and grey Mon­goose moun­tain bike was stolen from Princes Street, Perth be­tween 6pm and 9pm on Thurs­day, August 10.

• A black Car­rera Sub­way hy­brid bike was stolen from the close at 4 Crom­lix Road, Perth be­tween 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Fri­day, August 18.

• Overnight on Wed­nes­day, August 16 a 14ft twin axle ve­hi­cle trans­porter trailer was stolen

Po­lice say scam­mers are pos­ing as your bank to fool peo­ple into trans­fer­ring cash from a busi­ness premises on Ar­ran Road, Perth.

• Also overnight on Wed­nes­day, August 16 ve­hi­cles were van­dalised at the build­ing site for the new link road near Perth Cre­ma­to­rium.

• Be­tween August 16 and 18 a sil­ver Mercedes and a blue Volvo parked in Muirhall Bank, Perth, were van­dalised.

• A black Audi car parked in the car park un­der the Ice Rink, Glover Street, Perth was ex­ten­sively dam­aged be­tween August 1 and 21.

• A break-in and theft took place be­tween August 18 and 20 at the SEPA build­ing, White­fri­ars Street, Perth.

• A theft by house­break­ing oc­curred to a prop­erty on Main Street, Methven overnight on Wed­nes­day, August 16.

• On Thurs­day, August 10 a lady in Cri­eff lost a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money to a con­man who called her claim­ing to be from her bank re­quest­ing she move money to an­other ac­count. The caller claimed that a mem­ber of bank staff was try­ing to de­fraud her ac­count and she should not dis­cuss the trans­ac­tions when at­tend­ing the bank. This is a recog­nised tac­tic of th­ese fraud­sters and I would urge all Perth and Kin­ross res­i­dents not to be­come a vic­tim of th­ese scam­mers. I have pre­vi­ously re­ported sim­i­lar in­ci­dents oc­cur­ring. If you have any sus­pi­cions about call­ers claim­ing to be from recog­nised pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tions, tell them you will phone them back us­ing a dif­fer­ent phone and en­sure you don’t di­vulge any per­sonal in­for­ma­tion.

• Be­tween August 20 and 21 a wing mir­ror was dam­aged on a Jaguar car parked in Mitchell Street, Cri­eff.

• Be­tween August 17 and 18 a win­dow was smashed at Auchter­arder Par­ish Church, High Street, Auchter­arder.

• Overnight August 19 into 20 two grey Sara­cen Mantra Pro moun­tain bikes were stolen from a ve­hi­cle parked in Loch Earn Car­a­van Park. On the same night a white En­duro YT In­dus­tries Capra moun­tain bike was stolen from the same car­a­van park.

•A fraud took place at Methven Post of­fice on Wed­nes­day, August 16 when a man asked the cashier to change de­nom­i­na­tions of bank notes, dur­ing the ex­change the man re­moved some notes be­fore re­quest­ing his money back, steal­ing £160.

•A grey Audi mo­tor car parked in Clay­ton Park, Bridge of Earn was dam­aged when the paint­work was scratched be­tween August 9 and 11.

• Be­tween August 11 and 17 an at­tempt was made to break-in to a house on May­field Gar­dens, Mil­nathort.

• Be­tween 2.30am and 5am on Fri­day, August 18 a large quan­tity of cop­per wiring was stolen af­ter man­hole cov­ers were lifted and ca­ble was cut on North Street, Mil­nathort.

• About 3.30pm on Satur­day, August 19 a man, in his late teens or early twen­ties at­tempted to rob a 79-year-old lady in Sta­tion Road, Kin­ross.

• The front and rear reg­is­tra­tion plates bear­ing the num­ber Y143KCS were stolen from a sil­ver Toy­ota Yaris parked in a car park off Ge­orge Street, Coupar An­gus be­tween 5am and 11am on Mon­day, August 14.

• About half past mid­night on Mon­day, August 14 a win­dow was smashed at a prop­erty on Hay Street, Coupar An­gus.

• At 2.30am on Satur­day, August 19 a win­dow was smashed at Haugh Road, Rat­tray.



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