Hello, and welcome to the latest Weekly Roundup, recapping the policing highlights from the past seven days.
Tuesday was the official International Zero Tolerance Day for FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), and Police Scotland have given their support tothe campaign. Assistant Chief Constable Gillian McDonald said, “Police Scotland, with its statutory partners and support organisations, nationally and locally, has a duty to protect young women and girls at risk of FGM. FGM is a complex and hidden issue, and there is no single solution to ending the practice."
Police in the Highlands and Islands division this week announced they were working in partnership with the local Chinese community, providing security advice ahead of the Chinese New Year. Officers have been working proactively with the Scottish Highlands & Islands and Moray Chinese Association (SHIMCA) to help prevent people becoming victims of crime during the celebrations.
In the fight against narcotics, three individuals in the Shetlands have been reported after multiple drugs recoveries in the past week, and in Aberdeen, £26k worth of heroin and crack cocaine were recovered. Three men are due to appear in court today after the recovery of a significant cannabis cultivation.
Also in the Granite City this week, a further two men have been arrested and charged in connection with a commercial break-in in the Murcar Industrial Estate on Thursday 1st February. Meanwhile,
officers in West Lothian have arrested and charged a 56-year-old man with doorstep fraud,
and at the Sheriff Court in Edinburgh, a woman was jailed after embezzling Scottish Wildlife Trust
and later the digital marketing company where she was working.
A 26-year-old man was convicted and sentenced for a number of road traffic offences in Inverness, and police in Orkney have warned locals that after a series of drink driving arrests and other road offences, patrols will be increasing on the island. Orkney area commander, Chief Inspector Matt Webb said, "It is very disappointing that we have had to deal with so many offences on the roads of Orkney in just a few weeks. The number of drivers who have been detected drink driving is particularly concerning and will not be tolerated."
Lastly, officers in Torry are working with local companies and the local authority to improve road safety and hygiene on roads. PC James Griffin of the Torry Community Policing Team said, "Working with Environmental Health and Waste and Recycling representatives from Aberdeen City Council we are looking to engage with local companies and remind them of their legal obligations in terms of road safety and environmental health."
That's it for this week, folks. Have a great weekend, stay safe, and we'll see you again next Friday.