With Inspector Steve Pratt of Grampian Police

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Overnight on Saturday 15 into Sunday 16 September a number of insecure sheds and cars were entered and property stolen at various locations in Newburgh. As the Inspector responsible for policing in this area I carry out regular reviews of crimes that take place in my area and it greatly concerns me when I read a crime report that tells me that someone has entered an insecure car and stolen items from within. Time and time again I have said that we live in a low crime area but that does not mean that car owners should leave them unlocked. You must take responsibility for your own property and lock your cars and sheds. It is significant for me that the majority of the opportunist theft that we have is from properties or cars that are left unlocked. All this serves to do is encourage thieves into your community because they know that there is a good chance that on most streets there will be some residents who do not lock up behind them. You do not have to make your property into ‘Fort Knox’ but simple common sense precautions will vastly reduce the risk of you becoming the victim of crime.

A speed check was carried out on the morning of Tuesday 18 September on Main Street, Newburgh which resulted in 9 motorists being detected at speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour and, as a result, they were issued with fixed penalty fines and had 3 penalty points added to their driving licences.

About 2.30 pm on Wednesday 19 September 2012 a road traffic collision was attended by officers on the A90 just north of Balmedie involving several vehicles. Enquiries are still ongoing into the circumstances of the collision and no one was seriously injured as a result.

Enquiry is ongoing into two separate allegations of assault which were reported during the early hours of Saturday 22 September on Bridge Street, Ellon. One man has already been charged and a positive line of enquiry is being followed in relation to the other allegation.

About 1155 pm on Saturday 22 September 2012 officers carrying out a speed check on the A90 north of Ellon detected a car being driven at 77 miles per hour. The car was stopped and the driver was subsequently arrested for failing a road side breath test. The results of further tests are awaited in this case.

During the early hours of Sunday 23 September, local officers on patrol in Ellon Town Centre dealt with a local man who was found to be in possession of a knife. He was subsequently arrested, locked up and kept in custody to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.