Festive patrols ramped up
Police are ramping up patrols across Aberdeenshire in an effort to clamp down on crime over the festive period.
The “safer streets” initiative will target antisocial behaviour, theft and violence in towns across the region.
Local area commander for North Aberdeenshire, Chief Inspector Rob Sturton, said officers would pay more visits to pubs in an effort to prevent a minority of troublemakers from ruining Christmas gatherings for others.
He said: “People will be experiencing a lively atmosphere in our towns and villages during the festive period.
“We are encouraging people to go out and enjoy themselves, but to take personal responsibility for their behaviour.
“Our message is clear, we want to prevent the minority of people from ruining it for those who are looking to go out and enjoy themselves over the festive period.
“Very small numbers will seek to take advantage of the situation to commit crime, including shoplifting or stealing handbags, purses or wallets.”