Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Roundup, bringing you the best in Scottish policing news from the past seven days.
A road safety initiative aimed at highlighting the safety of cyclists was launched yesterday in the North East. Operation Close Pass was originally introduced in Edinburgh in 2017, and sees drivers who pass an unmarked police cyclist too closely being stopped and given advice. Road Policing Sergeant Peter Henderson explains, "Cyclists are considered vulnerable road users so it is important that drivers recognise the importance of giving them sufficient space on the roads. Passing cyclists too closely puts all road users in danger.”
Elsewhere, there have been a series of drug seizures in the North East this week. Two men are expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court after heroin and crack cocaine worth over £4k was recovered in the city on Monday, and another six individuals are up in court after officers seized almost a quarter of a million pounds worth of substances in other operations between Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Peterhead.
Meanwhile, a borders man has been fined £1000 for trading in parts of internationally protected species, three people have been arrested following a spate of shoplifting incidents in East Lothian, and two teenage boys have been charged after vandalising a ceramic wildcat in Newtonmore.
And finally, two of our specialist units combined forces this week when Police Dog Bodie took to the skies with our Air Support Unit. Yes, you heard that right. Flying police dogs. Bad guys beware!
That's it for this week, folks. Have a great weekend, stay safe, and we'll see you again next Friday.