Police push for safer shows

GRAMPIAN Police will be continuing with their ‘Safer Streets’ campaign this summer, with a new focus on a number of the shows and marquee dances being held around Aberdeenshire.

The ‘Safer Streets’ campaign brings together a number of agencies in the North East, with the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour, and placing particular emphasis on alcohol-related disorder.

As part of the attempt to reduce incidents of disorder, additional joint police patrols and Licensing Standards Officers are set to be deployed. People will also be offered information regarding the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption and its link to ill health, violent crime and antisocial behaviour.

The move could see those involved in trouble potentially face a court ordered exclusion from future events. Inspector Gillian Milne, who represents Grampian Police on the Central Aberdeenshire Licensing Forum, said it was important to tackle the ‘small group’ who were in many cases the source of any problems.

“Through a positive working relationship with key partners, there has been a significant reduction in violent crime and antisocial behaviour throughout Aberdeenshire”, she said.

“We are well aware however, that there can be no room for complacency. We are determined to build on this progress and make no apologies for the strong stance we take on those intent on criminal behaviour.

“The vast majority of people who attend these events in Aberdeenshire enjoy a good night out and do so responsibly”, she continued. “Police Officers all too often however see the same few individuals involved in incidents which are generally related to alcohol misuse.

“This small group of individuals will be targeted for court exclusion orders that will prevent individuals attending future.”

Chair of the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership, Willie Munro, added “The Safer Streets initiative allows several partner agencies to work together in order to discourage people from taking part in anti-social behaviour and alcohol-fuelled crime.

“The actions of a small minority can cause misery to communities and we’re committed to making Aberdeenshire a safer place to live and work for all.”

As part of the summer initiative, Aberdeenshire Council has issued personal safety tips to show and dance goers. These include keeping an eye on friends and sticking together; keeping money and mobile phones safe; planning your night out and thinking about how to get home; having sufficient credit on mobile phones; using only reliable well-known taxi services and walking home only if there is pavement all the way.