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Moray West Community Council Report by Forres Police lists antisocial behaviour, violence and disorder, and acquisitive crime in the town during October

By Garry McCartney

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Inspector Andrew Meikleham.
Inspector Andrew Meikleham.

FORRES police’s report includes a man allegedly being caught in possession of a knife in the town last month.

The Moray West Community Council Report lists antisocial behaviour, violence and disorder, acquisitive crime, community engagement and reassurance in the area during October.

Andrew Meikleham is inspector for the Lossiemouth, Fochabers, Forres and Speyside community policing teams.

He said: “Throughout October, there were increased patrols with the darker nights coming in. Advice has been provided to the public via our social media sites offering after dark advice.

“Moray’s crime reduction officer attended the Moray Trefoil Guild in Lossiemouth to offer advice regarding how to keep safe from becoming a victim of scams and frauds. This advice was also shared via our social media sites.

“Dedicated patrols will continue into this month.”

Forres Police Station is open to the public five days-a-week.
Forres Police Station is open to the public five days-a-week.

During October, a man was charged for being in possession of a knife in their vehicle, following a proactive stop by officers.

A man was arrested and kept in custody for court following a disturbance in a house in Forres. A warrant was later executed at his property and he was reported for numerous offences.

There were two reports of vandalism to residential properties in the area. Enquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible.

There were nine reports of shoplifting from commercial properties in Forres. Three people have so far been reported or issued with a formal warning.

There were three reports of fraud during the month. Two were via transactions on Facebook Marketplace and one was a computer incident.

A man was witnessed driving whilst using a mobile phone by police on patrol. Further checks revealed his vehicle had no valid certificate of insurance. It was uplifted and the driver was charged with both offences.

A man was cautioned and charged for driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance in the Forres area. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Finally, a female motorist has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for driving at 60mph in the 40mph zone at the Forres bypass.

Email ForresCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk for more information. Forres Police Station public counter is open from 8.15am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 8.15am- 2.45pm on Fridays. The police can also be contacted via 101 for non emergencies, and 999 for emergencies.

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