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Vandalsim issues in Pilmuir and Califer

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

VANDALISM is prevalent in Forres according to the most recent local police report.

Inspector Keli McPhail described a number of incidents in the Community Safety Report for November, along with instances of theft.

She said: "At one incident at the start of the month, two children were seen running off after a window was cracked when a stone was thrown at it. Damage occurred to gate at the unfinished new Pilmuir Nursery. A stone was thrown at a house roof causing damage to a tile and another window was broken in an unoccupied house."

She added: "Towards the end of the month, a kitchen window was broken when a large stone was thrown at it. We will continue our patrols - enquiries are ongoing to find out who is responsible."

There was a theft of fuel from a vehicle at Monaughty Wood south of Elgin then a similar theft at Christie-Elite Nurseries, Forres from a fuel tank.

Insp McPhail said: "At this time of year, theft of fuel, particularly heating oil, does happen. We advise using CCTV and good lighting around premises to help deter thieves."

During November there were four incidents of careless driving that resulted in road traffic collisions. Police are reminding drivers to monitor the road conditions and drive with due care.

Insp McPhail said: "A drop in temperature after rain or damp means icy conditions. Drivers should ensure that their lights are in full working order, tyres are at the correct pressure and tread depth, and shouldlook twice before pulling out of junctions. Low sun or twilight conditions can make it more difficult to see vehicles or bikes coming so taking your time to have a second look is more important."

Police have increased pub patrols this month to coincide with the increase in festive revellers.

"This helps deter anti-social behaviour and physical altercation," said Insp McPhail. "The licensees are supportive and contact us with any problems.

"If you are on a night out and your plans change then please text, use social media or call someone to let someone know. You can always agree on a phrase to use with a friend, parent or relative to use if you are in need of help or want to remove yourself from a situation but are worried that someone else may read your texts/messages.

"Plan ahead for any car journey too. Make sure that you have a spare blanket/clothing/sleeping bag in the car for any delays. Carry a mobile phone and make sure that all fluids are topped up in the car.

"We want everyone to enjoy the festive season and the winter weather but want you be safe too."

Forres Police Station public counter is open from 9.15am-5.15pm Monday to Thursday and 9.15am-2.15pm Friday. Dial 101 for non-emergencies and 0800 555 111 for Crimestoppers and to remain anonymous.

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