Com­rie crime up­date

Charges made in re­la­tion to a num­ber of in­ci­dents

Strathearn Herald - - HER@LD VIEW - Lynn Duke

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

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