On Patrol, with Inspector Steve Pratt of Grampian Police

Overnight, Monday April 2 into Tuesday April 3 a child’s bicycle was removed from a garden in Ingleside, Pitmedden. It was recovered a short distance away the following day.

At some point during the day on Wednesday, April 5, a house in the Auchmacoy area was broken into and several electrical items to the value of £1600 were stolen.

Meanwhile, a male is to be reported for possession of a Class A drug, after having been stopped by Police officers in Ellon on April 6.

On April 7, a male driver was stopped in Ellon and discovered to be driving under the influence of alcohol. A short time later the same day, another male driver crashed his car, and was also found to be under the influence of alcohol. Both drivers have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Roads Policing units have been paying some attention to villages in Formartine area.

As a result of this targeting, five motorists were reported for speeding in Newburgh. In addition, three motorists with document offences have also been reported, as well as two motorists for driving with no insurance and no excise licences.

In recent weeks, there has been a rise in break-ins to rural properties in the Formartine area. When enquiries are made by Police into these burglaries, possible suspicious vehicle activity has been highlighted. Local officers would far rather respond to a well intended false call, or indeed catch the thieves in the act, than learn the activities went unreported.