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Inspector Andy Meikleham issues police report listing Forres area crimes committed last month

By Garry McCartney

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Andrew Meikleham is the new police inspector for Forres. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Andrew Meikleham is the new police inspector for Forres. Picture: Becky Saunderson

A NEW police inspector oversaw the last few days of the local community safety report for March.

Inspector Andy Meikleham is now responsible for the Forres, Fochabers, Speyside and Lossiemouth community policing team areas, having taken the reigns from Tony McCullie who retired last month.

Insp Meikleham was introduced by the police area commander for Moray, Chief Inspector Simon Reid.

He said: “I’m delighted to welcome Inspector Meikleham who joined us on March 28. Andy spent his most recent service as inspector with the road policing team in Moray and brings a wealth of experience to his new post. He is well versed around local issues.”

Chf Insp Reid confirmed community policing teams responded to 1579 incidents across Moray last month.

He said: “These do not include pro-active duties and patrols undertaken by police. Parking is an issue frequently highlighted by the public. This is given frequent attention by our staff whilst responding to ongoing or otherwise urgent calls which, naturally due to risks of actual or potential harm, must always take precedence.”

Antisocial behaviour, violence and disorder took place in Forres last month.

A man was reported to the Procurator Fiscal after the serious assault of another man at the train station.

Police received a report of several men with offensive weapons, threatening to harm another man. Two of them were traced, cautioned and arrested but later released pending further enquiry. Enquiries are ongoing.

Two men were arrested after being reported to be involved in the supply of controlled drugs. Appointments are being arranged for interview with their solicitors.

Three separate reports of assaults were received. One person has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal. The other two have been dealt with by way of no report due to mitigating circumstances (no capacity).

Several reports of seemingly unconnected vandalism have been received. Enquiries remain ongoing.

One person has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal following reports of threatening and abusive behaviour whilst in possession of an offensive weapon.

Two domestic incidents were also reported to Police last month.

Two incidents of theft occurred in the Forres area. Housebreaking into a caravan and a shed were reported - enquiries are ongoing.

Finally, there were also instances of road safety and road crime.

Road policing units, along with officers from community policing teams, have been conducting speed checks in the Rafford area. As a result, several drivers have been warned.

Three drivers have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for driving in excess of the speed limit.

Two other drivers have been reported for road traffic offences such as careless and dangerous driving.

Insp Meikleham said: “Following concerns regarding speeding raised by Rafford residents, officers carried out an operation from March 7-13. A number of drivers were warned and reminded about the 30mph restriction.”

He added: “With the arrival of warmer weather and lighter nights, officers have been conducting dedicated uniformed and plain clothes patrols across to combat youth antisocial behaviour. A number of enquiries have been made into incidents. These patrols will continue over the coming months.”

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