More than 100 people have been arrested in the North-east in just the first week of a targeted crackdown on violent offenders.
Almost 150 warrants were executed across the region, resulting in 104 people being arrested.
The operation has focused on the more prolific and most likely to reoffend people in the region
As part of Operation PINE, an ongoing initiative led by the Divisional Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit (DAVRU), the crackdown includes apprehending people on warrant, bail checks as well as increased checks on licensed premises.
In the past week alone:
- Three men, aged 23, 26 and 27 were arrested in connection with an alleged robbery in Peterhead.
- A 27-year-old was arrested in connection with an alleged serious assault in Fraserburgh.
- A 62-year-old woman was arrested in connection with an alleged serious assault in Elgin.
- A 24-year-old man was arrested in Aberdeen in connection with allegedly breaching bail conditions.
- Three men, two aged 31 and a third aged 54 were arrested in connection with other alleged serious assaults.
- Three men, aged 29, 30 and 40, and a 40-year-old woman were arrested for allegedly possessing an offensive weapon.
- More than £10,000 in outstanding fines were resolved.
- 306 licensed premises were checked.
DAVRU Sergeant Rory Campbell said: “Action to tackle violent crime takes place every day across the North-east, however, sustained action like this has a proven track record in reinforcing our clear message that violence in any form will not be tolerated and we will continue to make every effort to trace violent offenders currently wanted across the North-east.
“Our activity during the past week has taken numerous forms including increasing licensed premises checks to ensure the right processes are in place from the outset to deter alcohol-fuelled violent behaviour.
“It’s no secret that drinking too much is a massive contributor to violent crime and we are committed to working with licensed premises across the region to ensure that staff know what their responsibilities are.
“Tackling domestic abuse and the consequences of such appalling behaviour, which can include acts of violence, is also a focus.
“Not only do we continue to monitor offenders bail conditions or home curfews after they have been to court, we also have specially trained and experienced officers offering practical advice and support to victims.
“Enforcement action is crucial to tackle violent crime, however, prevention is also key, which is why we also continue to work closely with our partners including Community Justice Social Work to divert offenders from re-offending.”
Mark Simpson, manager of the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, added: “Community Justice Partners are committed to ensuring that people who have become involved with the criminal justice system are able to access the services that they need to address any underlying issues that may be contributing towards their offending behaviour.
“Working alongside our partners from Police Scotland as part of this dedicated operation, Aberdeenshire Council’s Criminal Justice Social Work Service is able to use the time when people are in custody to explore opportunities for referral in to alcohol, drug, mental health or other services that can provide them with the support that they need, and ultimately prevent them from becoming further involved in the criminal justice system.”
Sergeant Campbell added: “Tackling violent behaviour is a priority for North East Division and will not be tolerated in any form.
“Those who do act violently will face the consequences of their actions and for those individuals who intentionally evade capture, where necessary we will force entry to homes, visit places of employment as well as visiting their family and associates.
“If we haven’t caught up with you yet, I can assure you we will do all we can to apprehend you.”