Comrie crime update
Charges made in relation to a number of incidents
Two males have been charged over the breakins at the White Church and Comrie Primary School and another person charged over the theft from the vestry at Comrie Parish Church.
The village was subjected to a series of crimes over the summer, which left a number of organisations and good causes counting the cost.
And further incidents in the lead-up to judging of the various bloom competitions set residents’ voluntary efforts back.
Comrie Primary School was broken into and vandalised on the weekend of July 15.
Keys were stolen in the breakin, including a set which was used to gain access to the White Church in the early hours. A cake and sweets were taken. The cake was later recovered in the fridge of the school’s kitchen along with bottles of beer.
Vandalism around the village saw floral displays on Dalginross Bridge targeted and Comrie Fortnight fire extinguishers stolen and used on parked cars in Laggan Park, before being found in the river.
In another unrelated incident, also in July, thieves gained access to the vestry of Comrie Parish Church, where their haul included money, a hard drive and a brand new BT Hub 4 still in its box.
PC Gerry Fitzpatrick is one of the community police officers for the Strathearn area and the man responsible for detecting the crimes.
He confirmed that two people had been arrested for the school and church break-ins and that someone had also been charged for the vestry thefts.
He is keen for locals to know that the police are out and about and is happy to stop and chat to anyone while out on the beat.
He told the Herald: “There is good community spirit in this area and we want to strengthen bonds between the local community and the police.
“We are approachable and look forward to meeting members of the public while we are out and about.”
Crime fighters PC Gerry Fitzpatrick, community police officer for the Strathearn area and Response Officer PC Lee Buckley in Comrie last week