Welcome to the latest edition of Police Scotland’s Weekly Roundup, where we summarise the news from the last seven days.
The Edinburgh Festival is well underway in Scotland's Capital and running alongside this is Operation Summer City, Edinburgh’s Festival policing campaign. Officers are once again promoting the ‘Hold Onto Your Stuff’ initiative and providing the public with useful information on safeguarding their valuables.
With so many people coming into the city, police are keen to ensure that the public do not fall victim to opportunistic criminals looking to steal their belongings.
Last week we reported that Dunfermline’s Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) were announced as British champions as the British National Cadet Competition, well this week our Youth Volunteers from Stranraer triumphed at the National PSYV Annual Competition at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan.
The team of eight young people took on 21 other teams from across Scotland in a wide range of challenges including numerous sporting and problem solving challenges, a quiz and an observation test. They finally edged out runners-up Dunfermline in a quiz and observation test showing they were the best. Congrats to Stranraer!
On Tuesday, Calum Morrison (pictured above), from Cowdenbeath, was sentenced to five years in jail after being caught with cocaine worth a street value of £400,000. Operation Prospect is on-going in Fife and aims to remove drugs from our streets and bring those who are involved in their supply to justice.
On a similar note, drugs worth £40,000 were recovered in Aberdeen during an intelligence led operation and three men charged on Tuesday. The drugs recovered included heroin, cocaine and cannabis and was another success in the battle to clean Scotland’s streets of illegal supplied drugs and associated anti-social behaviour.
In Inverness, Operation Respect has been launched to target crime in Inverness City Centre. A 31-year-old man was arrested in connection with crimes of dishonesty in the city centre on the afternoon of Wednesday after concern was raised by a member of the public about suspicious behaviour in the High Street and Eastgate areas.
Police Scotland will continue to work in partnership with other agencies such as Highland Council and Inverness BID to tackle anti-social behaviour around Inverness City Centre. The public are encouraged to communicate any suspicious behaviour they see to officers on patrol as they help keep the city a safe place for all.
And finally, we visited the Dive and Marine Unit to get a grounding in the underwater officers’ work. In this article we re-visit the Greenock based outfit and sit down for a Q&A with PC Karen Gordon. You can read our Q&A for more information.
And that concludes this week’s weekly roundup. Have a great weekend.