Spain ar­rest over city street at­tack

Cops make 96 ar­rests for al­le­ga­tions in­clud­ing at­tempted mur­der

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JON HEBDITCH

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”

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