Toon Police launch Operation Aylesford

Police officers will be visable around Peterhead town centre
Police officers will be visable around Peterhead town centre

Officers in Peterhead have been carrying out additional high visibility patrols in the area as part of Aberdeenshire and Moray Division’s Safer Streets strategy.

The patrols, under Operation Aylesford, will continue throughout the festive period in order to deter incidents of anti-social behaviour, violence and thefts in the run up to Christmas.

Local Policing Sergeant Barry Riddoch said: “Peterhead has a vibrant town centre, particularly around this time of year where we see large numbers of people coming to the town to indulge in Christmas shopping and social events.

“We want all members of our community to have an enjoyable and safe time during the festive period and we welcome the additional visitors to the town and wider area.

“Operation Aylesford seeks to reassure the public through high visibility policing patrols during which officers will deal robustly with any crime or disorder we identify.

“Community Policing Team officers will work alongside volunteers such as Street Pastors and Special Constables, in addition to liaising with retailers and the licenced trade to ensure alcohol related violence is minimised throughout the town.

“We have seen a positive start to this operation with officers very well received within Peterhead Town Centre.”

The first weekend of patrols saw a 34 year old woman traced by patrols and charged regarding four Thefts from retail premises in Peterhead.

She appeared at court on Monday, December 8 and was remanded in custody.

In another incident a 23-year-old man was also charged regarding an Assault and Attempted Theft at another retail premises in the town and will appear in court at a later date.

Further to this a 21-year-old male was arrested outstanding warrants.

During the course of the operation, officers will also offer the opportunity of support to individuals whose behaviour is influenced by alcohol or drugs misuse issues.

Community Policing Team Inspector Simon Reid said: “Excessive alcohol use or substance dependency is often found to be a contributing factor in incidents that are attended by officers.

“We continue to work with partners to support those that come to our attention by offering and providing referral to Substance Misuse teams at Aberdeenshire Council.”