Weekly Roundup - 14th December

Published 14 December 2018

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Roundup, bringing you the best in Scottish policing news from the past seven days.

This week we issued a festive crime warning. Community Policing Sergeant Mike McCaughey at Dumfries said: “With Christmas just around the corner, shops and retail outlets are getting busier, and so the opportunities for those to commit crime increase.

"Police Scotland will be working closely with shopkeepers, community safety officers, retail security officers and shop staff in stores in our towns to ensure that we get the message out to thieves that their activities will not be tolerated."

Elsewhere is Scotland a woman was convicted over drink driving in West of Edinburgh, men were charged in relation to theft of vehicles in Aberdeen, three were charged over a significant drugs recovery in Fife, and Cannabis valued at £20,000 was recovered in Aberdeen.

We also launched our One Punch Campaign.

During 2017/18 six people in Scotland died as the result of a single punch. On four of those occasions the perpetrator was under 18, and also on four of those occasions the perpetrators were under the influence of alcohol.

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said, “We want to highlight that a drunken disagreement or an argument that gets out of hand can have long-term consequences for the victim and the accused.

“I want people to enjoy themselves on nights out but at the same time, think about how much alcohol they are consuming and the effect it has on their actions.

"We get less inhibited when drinking and can become more aggressive, but a split-second, ill-informed decision can end someone’s life, and leave the perpetrator facing a long jail sentence, effectively ruining two peoples’ lives and their families’ lives.”

And this weekend if you are out an about be aware of our travel warning - high risk of disruption.

That's it for this week, folks. Stay safe, have a great weekend, and we'll see you again next Friday.

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