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Charges after police operations in the Garioch and Alford areas

By David Porter

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Following on from their Week of Action last month, officers from the Garioch Community Policing Team carried out a further such operation focused on speeding and anti social behaviour throughout all areas of Garioch.

A number of drivers were educated in relation to speeding with six charged while dedicated anti social behaviour patrols took place with four persons charged with possesion of drugs and warning letters sent to the parents of 16 children.

Special constable Stephen Booth who took part in the operation said: "Whilst Garioch has low levels of road traffic collisions, drivers cannot be complacent to when it comes to speeding.

"Travelling even a few miles over the speed limit extends your braking distance and increases your risk of having an accident, particularly on wet roads."

Local Policing Inspector Gareth Hannan said: "Garioch is a safe place to live, work and travel, but we will never be complacent and these operations will continue, to reassure our community and keep people safe.'

Police Scotland North East Division also carried out dedicated operations in the Alford during the evenings last weekend.

Four local officers, including two special constables, and roads policing officers, carried out patrols in response to an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour in and around the village.

Over the course of that weekend several motorists were stopped and dealt with regarding various offences including no road tax, no insurance and driving while under the influence of drugs.Numerous other motorists were educated regarding their vehicles and driving standards.

A number of youths were also educated regarding cycling standards and suitable lighting.

One juvenile was reported to the Youth Justice Management Unit regarding careless cycling and lighting offences.

A quantity of class B drugs was also seized throughout the operation.

Constable Wayne Young, from Alford Community Policing Team, said: "Anti-social behaviour and driving will not be tolerated and we will deal with incidents robustly.

"Further operations are planned for the area in the near future and on the run up the festive period".

"Parents are also reminded of the importance of their children having suitable lights and reflectors on their bicycles and wearing suitable reflective clothing".

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