13 January 2014

MSP Welcomes Fall in Violent Crime Across North-East

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed figures from Police Scotland which show that an anti-violence campaign over the festive period saw serious assaults across the region fall from 13 to 2 when compared to the same period last year, a fall of 84%.

Figures show that there were 145 common assaults in Aberdeenshire over the festive period compared to 204 last year; in Moray there were 74 down from 108. There were a total of 2 serious assaults in Aberdeenshire down from 7 the previous year and 0 in Moray down from 6 the previous year.

The operation saw extra high-visibility patrols across the region with a focus on targeting anti-social behaviour and violence.

In Aberdeenshire, 42 additional officers were involved in the operation, which was carried out in collaboration with several partner agencies including Aberdeenshire Council, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Street Pastors, NHS Grampian and Cair Scotland.

In Moray, Officers worked alongside partner agencies, including Moray Safety Community Partnership and Moray Alcohol and Drug Partnership. In addition the operation saw more than 700 licensed premises visits carried out, of which 278 were by Safer Streets staff.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“These are impressive results when compared to the situation the previous year and I congratulate our local police officers on this progress.

“Clearly, one violent incident is one too many but this shows that the targeted approach being taken by Police Scotland is not only paying dividends in terms of keeping the public safe, but also saving huge amounts of taxpayers’ money in terms of the various agencies such as police, ambulance, NHS and criminal justice staff required to deal with such incidents.”

Local Commander for Aberdeenshire & Moray Division Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren said:

"The North-east is a great place to live with the various towns and communities offering vibrant day and night time economies which we encourage people to enjoy.

"We are particularly fortunate that crime rates are low and we have excellent relationships with our local communities as well as our various partner agencies.

"We welcome these extremely positive results and it is heartening to know that our communities have been that bit safer during the festive period.

“Safer Streets has been a very successful campaign over the years and we will continue to build on what has already been achieved.

"I would like to thank the dedicated work of our officers as well as our partner agencies.”

The Winter Safer Streets programme in Aberdeenshire is funded by Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership whilst in Moray it is funded by Moray Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

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