Welcome to the latest edition of Police Scotland’s Weekly Roundup, where we summarise the news from the last seven days.
As August arrives in Edinburgh, it’s time for the Festival to roll back into town for it’s 70th anniversary.
The world’s largest arts festival kicks off with a bang this weekend and thus begins an operation to keep the hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals safe. Operation Summer City was launched on Wednesday at The Stand Comedy Club, with officers unveiling the message that ‘Festival Safety It’s No Joke’.
Over the coming weeks local policing teams will be supported by other resources from across the city to offer a range of useful information aimed at safeguarding local residents and visitors from the type of offences that typically occur during the summer months.
See how our officers in the East kept people safe in our ‘Behind the Scenes Policing the Edinburgh Festival’ feature.
On Tuesday Police Scotland arrested 12 men following an investigation into banners and material displayed at the Celtic v Linfield Champions League qualifier on Wednesday 19th July 2017. The men, whose ages range from 18 to 49, have been arrested and reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
Drugs with a street value of approximately £250,000 have been recovered following an intelligence led operation in Aberdeen. Officers carried out a drug search warrant at Provost Graham Avenue on Saturday, 29 July, and heroin, cocaine and cannabis were recovered.
Success for our youth volunteers in Dunfermline who were crowned British champions at the British National Cadet Competition. Competing against 21 other teams from police areas in England and Wales, they came home with first prize.
The PSYV (Police Scotland Youth Volunteeer) team, along with mascot Ginge, completed seven different events in the contest at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, which challenged the group’s physical, mental and teamwork skills. Points were awarded for more than just winning each event and the Fife team came out on top. PSYV member Kyle Gray was also awarded an individual award for Leadership. Well done!
In Edinburgh a man has been jailed for drug and driving offences. Paul Macaulay, aged 30 from the Newcraighall area, was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison for the offences and disqualified from driving for six years. His vehicle was searched and officers found a quantity of high purity heroin with an estimated street value of over £500,000 and £15,000 in cash. His home address was also searched and associated paraphernalia was recovered.
Detective Inspector Bruce Coutts of Corstorphine CID said, “His arrest and conviction came about through concerted efforts by road policing officers and detectives and shows that we continue to utilise all resources at our disposal to tackle serious and organised crime, bringing offenders to justice and making our communities safer.’
Another week of crime-fighting success over for Police Scotland and into the weekend we head. Have a great one.