Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Roundup, bringing you the best in Scottish policing news from the past seven days.
With The Fringe gearing up, the Belladrum Festival tuning up, and the European Championships on the starting blocks in Glasgow, our officers have a busy summer lined up, and have launched Operation Summer City to cope with the demand. Speaking at the launch, Chief Inspector Helen Harrison, Local Area Commander for Edinburgh City Centre, said, "Edinburgh during the Festival is one of the most vibrant and exciting places in the entire world and we want to ensure all of those enjoying the festivities remain safe throughout. Over one million people will be within the Capital over the coming months, many of those being children and young people. To mark 2018 being Year of Young People, we will be targeting our messaging accordingly to reach this age group. However, our commitment to keeping the public safe stretches to those of all ages.”
We also launched an initiative this week to stop people going missing from hospitals. Inspector Neil Whiteside from Edinburgh Division said, "This is just one of a range of measures introduced in recent months to collaborate more closely and further professionalise the joint agency response to missing persons inquiries. Missing Persons investigations can absolutely save lives and the police and hospitals play a significant part in any enquiry where someone goes missing from these units.”
Also this week, anti-fraud initiative The Banking Protocol yielded further results when it was reported almost £70k has been protected by the project in Fife in the last five months, and sixteen people in Govanhill were arrested in connection with a major fraud operation worth around £4.6 million.
Meanwhile, a Teenager has been charged after an assault in Edinburgh City Centre, another teen was charged with vehicle thefts, and a man has been jailed for nine years following the death of James Gatti last July.
There were another couple of sizeable drug seizures this week, with a £45k recovery in Fraserburgh, and Class A substances seized in Midlothian.
And finally, there was action in the countryside this week as one of our courageous officers dealt with an incident of bovine lawlessness. Watch the dramatic dashcam footage below!
That's it for this week, folks. Have a great weekend, stay safe, and we'll see you again next Friday.