Aberdeen has won its fifth consecutive Purple Flag award for safety in the city centre – more than a decade after the area was deemed one of Scotland’s most crime-ridden.
Figures previously revealed there were more crimes in the city centre than anywhere else in Scotland apart from Edinburgh’s New Town, due to problems with drunken revellers.
Aberdeen Central recorded 4,825 crimes compared with 4,858 in New Town in the survey in 2006.
Aberdeen became the first city in Scotland to be awarded the accreditation in 2014 and has now been given the Purple Flag status again for the fifth time.
Led by business organisation Aberdeen Inspired, with support from Police Scotland, Unight, Aberdeen City Council and the Street Pastors, the city has achieved the coveted standard.
The Purple Flag scheme is a town and centre award managed by the Association of Town and City Management.