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Police monitoring reports of youth disorder in Forres

By Ali Morrison

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Inspector Tony McCullie assured Forres Community Council police are connecting with local youths.
Inspector Tony McCullie assured Forres Community Council police are connecting with local youths.

POLICE are responding to concerns about youth disorder post- lockdown according to the latest Community Safety Partnership Report.

The report, presented to Forres Community Council (FCC) by local inspector Tony McCullie, lists crimes over the last month including vandalism, assault, threatening and abusive behaviour, fraud, and road traffic offences.

Insp McCullie confirmed there has also been an increase in concerns regarding youths congregating in hot spots including wooded areas.

He told FCC: “There has been some youth annoyance around the bridge at Broom of Moy, so we’ve increased patrols there.

“If criminality is suspected anywhere, then the youths involved are taken to task.

“The Youth Justice Management Unit look to see which names crop up and try and divert them from areas of behaviour that could develop into issue.

“Forres has relatively low-level problems and there is no gang culture suspected. We will monitor over the next few months, but we stress this is not a massive issue.”

There were four vandalisms reported over the previous month. Three related to damage to vehicles and one to the window of a home.

There were three domestic incidents including assault, threatening and abusive behaviour, and threatening communications. All of the perpetrators have been reported.

A person was arrested and reported during a disturbance for charges including assault, threatening behaviour and police assault. Another person was reported for assault and resisting arrest.

Someone was warned for threatening and abusive behaviour in Kinloss.

Two people were reported for a hate crime communications offence which referred to the sexuality of the complainant.

Two people were also issued with fixed penalties in relation to Covid regulations. One person was reported to the Procurator Fiscal on two separate occasions.

There were three incidents of fraud recorded. These involved investment fraud, online fraud and an attempted fraud.

There were two reports of theft from domestic properties, one of money and another involving a bike.

Two people were also reported for shoplifting.

Detected road traffic offences included five reports of speeding, MOT offences, failing to stop after an accident, and one report of a drink-driver.

Chief Inspector for Moray, Norman Stevenson, was quoted in the report describing time spent on focussing on what it will mean for communities as coronavirus regulations adapt.

He said: “The head of environmental and commercial services at Moray Council and I have met with a pan-Grampian group to set strategies and identify risks to minimise the spread of the virus, help communities emerge from restrictions and support them going forward.

“It has provided a great opportunity to reignite relationships with Forestry and Land Scotland, the coastguard and strategic landowners.

“We will have meetings over the coming months to support and address ongoing issues, with a particular focus on the ‘staycation’ theme.

“Road safety also features on the agenda. Myself, JCCLO, the local authority and Findhorn and Kinloss Community Council had a meeting to gather information

on issues and help drive forward the road safety agenda. An action plan will link in to work already in place through local policing plans.”

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