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10 people charged in crackdown on violence, antisocial behaviour and drug possession in north-east

Ten people have been charged after an operation in the north-east.

Officers in Stonehaven, Banchory and Inverurie were tackling antisocial behaviour, violence and drugs in Aberdeenshire this weekend as part of an on-going operation.

Operation Bayswater, run by local police in towns across Aberdeenshire, involves officers and special constables to prevent and detect crime.

High-visibility patrols were carried out over the weekend, focusing on areas where antisocial behaviour or violence has previously been reported.

As as result 10 people were charged with a range of offences including drug possession, vandalism, antisocial behaviour and shoplifting


The charges

Inverurie
  • Two men, a 27-year-old and a 25-year-old charged in connection with antisocial behaviour.
  • 25-year-old charged with antisocial behaviour and resisting arrest.
  • 20-year-old arrested in connection with “his unacceptable behaviour”.
  • 17-year old male and a 15-year-old youth charged after allegedly being found in possession of cannabis.
  • 30-year-old woman charged in relation to a theft by shoplifting.
Stonehaven
  • 27-year old man charged in connection with alleged possession of cannabis.
  • 25-year old man charged for allegedly possessing ecstasy.
Banchory
  • 18-year old male charged in relation to a vandalism and resisting arrest.

Local area commander Chief Inspector Murray Main said: “While the vast majority of individuals enjoyed themselves and behaved very well, over the weekend period a small minority of individuals let themselves and others down through their selfish and unacceptable actions.

“Operation Bayswater is looking to address issues like antisocial behaviour, violence and disrupting the sale or supply of illegal drugs which we know can harm our communities and increase the risk of associated criminality.

“We will continue to proactively act on the concerns of our communities and take all appropriate steps to prevent individuals causing issues in our communities.

“While more routine policing activities go on elsewhere, additional officers are used to provide increased visibility in the hearts of our towns and villages across the south of Aberdeenshire to hopefully prevent issues and if something does occur, officers are on hand to quickly deal with the matter.

“It is vital the police, partners and communities all work together and ensure Aberdeenshire and the north-east, remains the safe place we know it is.

“But it’s important to emphasise, your actions are your responsibility.

“I would also urge anyone with information about crimes or offences such as drug dealing, antisocial behaviour or violence to contact your local community policing team on 101 or you can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously if you prefer, on 0800 555 111.”