Man in court over Ben­der­loch thefts

The Oban Times - - News -

OBAN po­lice be­lieve they have made a ma­jor break­through in solv­ing a spate of thefts and house break-ins in the Ben­der­loch area.

While the crimes were com­mit­ted as far back as De­cem­ber last year, a man was brought be­fore the court this week charged with the of­fences.

In De­cem­ber, the first of two thefts took place at the Vic­tory Hall be­fore a break-in at The Fa­mous ‘Pink’ con­ve­nience store in Ben­der­loch.

The ar­rest was made fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Com­mu­nity In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit (CIU), based in Oban, and by foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion of the ev­i­dence.

Po­lice sergeant Alan Moore said: ‘ We have a good track record in solv­ing crime in this area. This ar­rest proves, when we have the ev­i­dence, we will bring these sus­pects be­fore the court.

‘ We take house theft very se­ri­ously and we use all re­sources avail­able to us to tackle this crime.

‘A man has been ar­rested and charged with all the of­fences in the Ben­der­loch area.’

Big­ger wards puts coun­cil­lors at risk

THE NUM­BER of coun­cil­lors for Ar­gyll and Bute will drop by three to a to­tal of 33.

The de­crease would see one less coun­cil­lor in the Oban North and Lorn ward, while in­creas­ing the num­ber of coun­cil­lors in Dunoon by one.

Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil’s sub­mis­sion to the Bound­ary Com­mis­sion said: ‘The au­thor­ity is not des­ig­nated as an is­land coun­cil but has the char­ac­ter­is­tics of one.’

They con­tin­ued in a fur­ther sub­mis­sion, say­ing: ‘ The coun­cil be­lieves very strongly there will be much out­cry and con­cern, when you con­sult on this later this sum­mer.’

The lo­cal au­thor­ity ar­gued that some coun­cil­lors would be at risk dur­ing the win­ter as they would have to travel greater dis­tances be­cause of the in­creased size of wards.

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