Two thieves caught in the act

Inspector Tony McCulie at Forres Police Station. Inspector Tony McCulie at Forres Police Station.

ASSAULT, vandalism, illegal substance possession, housebreaking, theft and speeding all occurred in Forres last month. The crimes are listed in the Community Safety Partnership Report for October which also includes an account of engagement and reassurance from local inspector, Tony McCullie. He said: “Officers continue to support partners in the delivery of events aimed at youngsters, including Friday afternoon football sessions in Forres.

“With the darker nights coming in, I’ve noticed an increase in calls about youths throwing items at windows and passing cars. Patrols are taking place to deter such behaviour. “PC Michelle MacDonald has also been promoting Police Scotland’s ‘After Dark’ campaign, providing information about how to deter theft.”

During the reporting period, four assaults were reported. One person was charged and police are following a positive line of enquiry for one of the other incidents.

Eight vandalisms were reported in the Forres area. Four resulted in charges and enquiries are ongoing into the others.

Two people were warned having been found in possession of cannabis. Another was discovered with substances suspected to be controlled drugs which await further analysis. A housebreaking was reported where a number of sentimental items were stolen.

A male was later charged and some of the property recovered. He was also charged with attempting to break in to a nearby business premises. Enquiries are ongoing into an attempt to gain entry to house in Kinloss.

A female was warned after attempting to steal cosmetics from a Forres shop.

Another female stole a bottle of wine but police are still trying to trace her. Enquiries are ongoing into seven online frauds. The majority relate to victims purchasing property that does not arrive or monetary scams.

Finally, drivers continue to be detected above the speed limit. Community policing teams have focused attention on areas where regular complaints are made. Officers have also been visiting areas around schools at peak times to ensure vehicles are parked safely.

Where this is found not to be the case, drivers are educated.

Insp McCullie said: “No one was detected driving with excess alcohol or drugs in their system. However, an accident occurred on the Kinloss road. Damage was caused to a barrier but the driver was uninjured.”

Forres police station public counter is open Monday to Thursday from 9.15am-5.15pm and on Fridays from 9.15am-2.45pm.

Dial 101 for non-emergencies, 999 for emergencies and to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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