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Latest police report for Forres

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POLICE have been dealing with antisocial behaviour, speeding offences and a break-in around Forres.

The Community Safety Partnership Report for October issued to Forres Community Council also included details of the death of two pets following a violent incident.

Moray's Chief Inspector, Norman Stevenson, explained that the month started with community police teams across Moray focussing on organised crime and drugs.

He said: "Intelligence gathering is a key phase, linking with communities and looking at areas and/or houses that have traditionally given us issues. This approach resulted in several streets in Buckie, Forres, Portknockie and Rothes. It also saw roads policing officers joining us to patrol key routes, which not only led to disrupting drug-dealing criminals, but also provided us with opportunities to look at road safety issues on certain routes."

Perhaps the most shocking incident in Forres involved a dog killed another dog. The owner was reported to the Procurator Fiscal and their dog euthanised.

There was a break-in to a local property where money and tobacco was stolen. It is believed that entry was gained via a window. Enquiries are ongoing but police would like to remind the public to review the security of homes.

A number of drivers were charged with exceeding the speed limit on the A96 outside of Forres. Speed checks will continue.

A youth was also charged with road traffic offences in relation to riding an off road bike near to Earnside, Alves.

Ch Insp Stevenson said: "Forres Community Council completed their own road traffic survey which showed where local residents perceived there to be problems. One area of particular note for parking problems is outside Speedy Pepper on the High Street, Forres.

"I have written to the Moray Council advising of the need for double yellow lines and not single as is currently in place outside that premises. I have had a response that they will consider their budget and other work before a decision is made."

He added: "We work with partners to support residents and ensure a level of support to people using drugs, engaging with agencies.

"Going forward, our focus is to provide high quality responses to issues highlighted through forums."

Forres police station is open from 9.15am-5.15pm, Monday to Thursday, as well as 9.15am-2.45pm Friday. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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