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Moray West Community Report for June includes nine reports of assault in Forres area

By Ali Morrison

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THE area was relatively quiet in terms of crime during June, according to local police.

The Moray West Community Report for Forres Community Council details just five types of crime reported over the month, including nine reports raised for assault.

However, Inspector Andrew Meikleham, confirmed his community officers have been busy.

He said: “PC Steph Bayliss attended schools alongside representatives from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. They delivered fire safety inputs which were well received by pupils and staff, and more patrols are planned for the future. PC Aaron White has been conducting random speed checks and attending areas identified by the community as hot spots to discourage reckless and antisocial driving.”

The community safety team plans to run street sports events this summer for young people.

Inspector Andrew Meikleham.
Inspector Andrew Meikleham.

Insp Meikleham said: “We will hopefully provide activities alongside football such as basketball and hockey. Scottish Hockey will attend to support this and encourage growth in the sport.”

Meanwhile, the report lists local instances of antisocial behaviour, violence and disorder last month.

A fire was started in a wooded area. Scottish Fire and Rescue extinguished it so damage was contained to a small area. Positive lines of enquiry are ongoing.

Following the nine reports of assault, three people have been charged and reported to the Procurator Fiscal. Positive lines of enquiry are ongoing.

A man was arrested and charged with threatening and abusive behavior after shouting at people in a residential area. A female was also charged and issued with a recorded police warning.

A female was stopped by officers during a static road check after being seen using a mobile phone while driving. Checks showed she had no valid insurance policy and was driving without a valid licence. A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. Another vehicle was stopped when officers spotted defects. Following an examination, four were found. Two of them would have been an immediate MoT failure and a danger to road users. The faults were pointed out to the driver who was charged accordingly.

Email ForresCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk, call101 for non emergencies, 999 for emergencies. Forres Police Station public counter is open 8.15am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 8.15am- 2.45pm on Fridays.

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