Hello, and welcome to another edition of Weekly Roundup, bringing you the best of the week's Scottish policing news.
As people are getting into spooky season mood, police in Fife are establishing a Halloween Safe Zone in Dunfermline town centre, which will provide a drop in spot for anyone in need of help should they overdo the Monster Mash. Constable David Moffatt from Fife Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit and coordinator of the Safe Zone said, “The Safe Zone will return this weekend prior to again being available for people over the Festive season, should they require some support on a night out. This is a joint initiative with a number of partner agencies and through collaboration with our partners we are committed to working to keep people safe."
Another rough week for drug peddlars has passed, with two individuals in Dunbar charged and detained for illicit substance offences, and a man and woman also arrested in Musselburgh after the recovery of a substantial haul of heroin, cocaine and diazepam.
Thieves and violent offenders fared no better this week, with two men charged following robberies in Edinburgh, a man charged in connection with thefts in Alness, two charged after the murder of Mark Squires in Edinburgh, and the conviction of Robbie McIntosh for attempted murder in Dundee this August.
Ongoing road safety crackdown Operation CEDAR yielded more results this week, with nine individuals charged with drink driving offences in the north east. Road Policing Inspector Neil Morrison said, "The safety of all road users is a priority for North East Division and we will continue to carry out proactive operations to attempt to deter and detect drink driving in our communities."
And finally, a new road safety campaign aimed at reducing incidents involving horses has been launched this week. The 'Lose the Blinkers' campaign is aimed at all road users, with particular emphasis on the urban fringes of large towns and cities, where many horse riders stable their horses, and exercise them in the evenings and at weekends. Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety for the British Horse Society, said, "It is worth remembering that there are three brains working when a horse and rider meet a vehicle on the road, the driver’s, the rider’s and the horse's. There is room for everyone on the road if we all show some consideration.”
That's it for this week, folks. Have a frighteningly good All Hallow's Eve, stay safe, try not to get too graveyard smashed, and keep your eyes peeled for a
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