Fes­tive pa­trols ramped up

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY BEN HENDRY

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.”

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