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Moray's Police thank community for high level of adherence to coronavirus lockdown measures


By Ali Morrison

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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.

LOCAL police have thanked the majority of the public for adhering to Covid-19 lockdown measures.

In the latest Community Safety Partnership Report for Moray, chief inspector Norman Stevenson and inspector for Forres, Lossiemouth and Fochabers Kerry Rigg also spoke of reduced crime in the period up to July.

Chf Insp Stevenson said: "The first six months of 2020 underlined the intense and highly demanding nature of policing, but were also a stark reminder of all the great work that goes on in the communities. Everyone has been so resilient and it is a pleasure to be helping."

Ch Insp Stevenson spoke with with the Lord-Lieutenant of Moray, Major General Seymour Monro about the area's community councils' work during the pandemic.

He added: "He has being doing as much as he can himself through the setting up of the Moray Relief Fund, which has delivered some great things for people in most need.

"As a result of this conversation, Deputy Lord Lieutenant George McIntyre has offered to join and support the Joint Community Council."

Insp Kerry Rigg confirmed reports of crime were significantly reduced during lockdown and a primary function for police was to provide assurance and respond to concerns around potential non-compliance of government guidance.

She said: "As we ease out of lockdown, we are all beginning to feel a sense of normality, or at least a new normality, settling back in.

"I would like to offer my personal thanks to the vast majority of our community who adhered and to those members of the public who were supportive of the advice provided by officers where required."

Insp Rigg promised that a full report will be available for the next period, "as more people emerge from their homes and resume day-to-day life".

As more people emerge from their homes and resume day-to-day life, we are seeing crime reports return to a more recognised level and a full report will be made available for the next reporting period.

She said: "A proactive operation in Forres and surrounding towns to address community concerns around antisocial behaviour will commence shortly. Where we identify wider concerns or diversionary opportunities, suitable referrals will be made to relevant agencies."



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