Weekly Roundup - 7th December

Published 07 December 2018

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

In this first week of December, we had no less than three public safety initiatives in the works. In Galashiels, Operation Concentrate, aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and drugs offences, was carried out with no little success; the festive Safer Streets initiative was again rolled out in Aberdeenshire, and officers in Falkirk launched their Operation Xmas initiative, which includes officers patrolling the Howgate Shopping Centre and a 'Pop-Up Police Station'.

Meanwhile, at the Edinburgh High Court, a 35-year-old man has been convicted of eleven offences including the attempted murder of a child and three counts of rape. Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Thacker of Forth Valley's Public Protection Unit said, "William McArthur is a depraved individual who perpetrated a catalogue of serious physical and sexual violence against women and children. He is undoubtedly a danger and we welcome his conviction."

In other news, four men have been jailed in relation to organised crime offences, two men have been charged with serious assault after an incident in Edinburgh City Centre, and there were a string of narcotic busts this week, with two convicted of drugs offences in Shetland; a recovery of over £39k in Kemnay; a man charged after the recovery of Class A and B substances in Galashiels, and £50k of heroin recovered in Aberdeen.

And finally, continuing our 16 Days of Action against violence against women, we met up with the organisation Girls Against Spiking.

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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