On Patrol With Inspector John McCluskey of Grampian Police

INSPECTOR John McCluskey of the Formartine Local Policing Team advises that officers are continuing to target those who drive in our communities at inappropriate speed.

He said “officers have visited Newburgh, Pitmedden, Oldmeldrum, Fyvie, Udny Station and locations in Ellon in recent weeks, in response to complaints made by local residents. I am disappointed that despite this issue being raised continually by communities, community councils and the enforcement checks we continue to carryout, we still detect drivers at almost every check who are travelling above the speed limit.”

“We have also started to visit schools again, I would ask all parents to consider whether they really need to drive their child to school? If they do, I would ask that when dropping off, picking up or parking at schools, they consider whether it is safe for children on foot to pass their car and approach the school. Officers will be carrying out education visits and enforcement action.

In crime news on the 19 February, we reported the theft of a vintage camper van from Balmedie, following information received we recovered this vehicle in the Dyce area of Aberdeen and a number of persons will be reported for Theft.

A Land Rover motor car was vandalised on or about 21 February, in Hopeman Close, Ellon , this crime was carried out overnight, and overnight from 24 to 25 February a Mini motor car and a Range Rover motor car were scratched on Eigie Crescent, Balmedie.

Do you live in these areas or were you visiting, did you see anything unusual or anything untoward overnight around those dates? If you did please let us know via the new national police non-emergency number of 101.

The 101 number can be used for any matter relating to the Police, except emergencies, this includes reporting crime, passing details of suspicious persons or just asking to speak to a local officer.

In March, I will represent Grampian Police at the Formartine Community Ward Forums along with our partners. These are key meetings which allow the Police and other partners to gauge what issues are affecting those who live across Formartine. The Forums are March 13 – Turriff Academy Library, Turriff, 6.30 pm; 20th March 2013 – Ellon Primary School, 6.30 pm;

and 27th March 2012 – Meldrum Academy 6.30 pm.