Police praise low levels of violence over festive period

Police Scotland are praising the low levels of reported violence across Aberdeenshire and Moray during the busy festive period.

As part of the festive ‘Safer Streets’ campaign, officers from the two divisions have been deployed in numerous towns for the busy final weekend before Christmas.

A Police spokesperson said: “There was a visible policing presence throughout the division in towns including Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, Banchory, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Inverurie, Huntly, Banff, Ellon, Elgin, Buckie and Forres.

‘‘Officers were joined by additional colleagues to ensure the weekend was safe for those enjoying a night out.

“They were also supported 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.

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.

‘‘We are encouraging people to continue to be aware of safety and security advice over the Christmas and New Year period.

“Licenced premises are expected to remain busy over the coming days and our partnership working approach continues to ensure that Aberdeenshire and Moray is a safe place to enjoy the festive season.

“It is encouraging that there were no serious assaults reported over the last weekend .

We will have high-visibility patrols out throughout the festive period to deter and detect those involved in violence.”