Man in court over Benderloch thefts
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.