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Police Scotland cover spike in antisocial behaviour in February's crime report for Forres area


By Ali Morrison

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Inspector Tony McCullie outside Forres police station which is open to the public from Monday to Friday.
Inspector Tony McCullie outside Forres police station which is open to the public from Monday to Friday.

A SPATE of vandalism and antisocial behaviour was reported in Forres during February.

Community policing teams responded to 1472 incidents across Moray - the local crimes were highlighted in a Community Safety Partnership Report issued by Police Scotland and partner agencies.

Forres inspector Tony McCullie confirmed the significant local spike in vandalism and antisocial behaviour.

He said: “A number of properties were damaged by stone throwing so dedicated uniformed and plain clothes patrols were undertaken and youths charged. These acts will not be tolerated given the distress they cause householders, not to mention the financial impact the damage causes in terms of repair bills. A meeting of police, Moray Council, Forres Academy and other parties took place. An action plan was drawn up to try and tackle the problem, which thankfully seems to have abated for now.”

Several vandalisms and culpable and reckless conduct were reported in the town, committed by youths. A number were charged in the presence of their parents but more are still to be traced.

Two assaults were reported, with both incidents taking place at licensed premises. One of the offenders was also reported for assaulting attending officers. The other incident was racially aggravated. Both offenders have been reported. The licensing department has been made aware and work is ongoing to minimise repeat occurrences.

Two incidents of theft by housebreaking occurred - enquiries are ongoing.

Road traffic patrols pulled over a motorist driving whilst disqualified. It was also discovered he was in possession of a personal quantity of drugs and has been reported.

Two other drivers were also reported in relation to various road traffic offences, following directed patrols.





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