Police praise low level of violence over festive break

As part of the festive ‘Safer Streets’ campaign, officers from Aberdeenshire and Moray Division were deployed in numerous towns for the busy final weekend before Christmas and officers are praising the low-levels of reported violence.

There was a visible policing presence throughout the division in towns including Fraserburgh, and officers were joined by additional colleagues to ensure the weekend was safe for those enjoying a night out.

Officers were also joined by 13 Special Constables over the weekend who volunteered for over 100 hours of duty.

As part of Police Scotland’s partnership working approach, a number of licenced premises were visited throughout the weekend by police and officers from the licencing standards department of Aberdeenshire Council.

Commenting on the initiative, Inspector Rob Sturton, from Aberdeenshire and Moray Division’s Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit (AVRU) said: “The majority of party-goers enjoyed themselves safely and responsibly throughout the weekend.

“It is encouraging that there were no serious assaults reported over the last weekend and we will have high-visibility patrols out throughout the festive period to deter and detect those involved in violence,” he added.