Spain arrest over city street attack
Cops make 96 arrests for allegations including attempted murder
A MAN suspected of a serious city centre assault more than a year ago has been arrested in Spain as part of a massive crackdown across the northeast.
Officers tracked down the wanted man and secured a European arrest warrant to bring him to face Aberdeen courts.
The Spanish national was just one of nearly 100 suspects collared by police in a two-week blitz under Operation Pine over offences ranging from attempted murder to possession of weapons.
Sergeant Mike Stobie said: “Officers do everything they can to ensure those responsible for violent crime face the full consequences of their actions.”
North-east police have swooped on scores of suspects wanted in connection with violent crime in a twoweek blitz.
Under Operation Pine, 96 people have been arrested.
One has been brought back from his native Spain in a joint operation with foreign law enforcement over an alleged assault in Aberdeen last summer.
A year-long investigation resulted in a European arrest warrant being issued and court proceedings are under way.
The Divisional Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit (DAVRU), assisted by community policing teams and specialist departments, launched the “focused action” to clear warrants for outstanding crimes, failures to appear at court, non-payment of fines and failure to comply with court orders.
A massive 134 warrants were cleared across the north-east division and £4,000 in unpaid fines handed over.
Among arrests in the two-week operation were people wanted in connection with serious alleged offences in Aberdeen, including an attempted murder in the Sinclair Road area, and a serious assault in Cove.
In Aberdeenshire arrests included a 27-year-old man in relation to an attempted robbery in the Westfield Road area of Inverurie, a 28-year-old man in relation to a robbery in Westhill, and a 35-year-old woman regarding an assault in Peterhead.
A 28-year-old man was arrested in connection with an assault in Forres.
Other arrests included six for robbery or attempted robbery, 22 for assault, and four for carrying offensive weapons.
Sergeant Mike Stobie of DAVRU said: “It is information from the public that helps us make arrests so my message to the public would be that, if you know someone wanted by the police, then please let us know. This is a key part in preventing further violent offences.
“Officers in the northeast do everything they can to ensure those responsible for violent crime face the full consequences of their actions.”
Martin Grieg, former chairman of Grampian Community Safety Partnership, said: “Operation Pine has been a great success and I hope that there will continue to be a significant level of police resource placed in it.
“The work with other European forces clearly shows the impact of cross-border collaboration.”
“If you know someone wanted by police, then let us know”