Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Roundup, bringing you the best in Scottish policing news from the past seven days.
It’s been a big week for Police Scotland in terms of campaign launches. On Monday, our anti hate crime initiative was unveiled, aimed at youngsters with the aim of raising awareness of hate crime and what it is. Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald said, “Tackling hate crime is a priority for Police Scotland and we take reports of any such incidents very seriously. Young people may not realise that hate crime can have significant and long-lasting consequences for both victims and perpetrators.”
On Tuesday, we also promoted ACT (Action Counters Terrorism) campaign, which educated the public on the terror threat and encourages citizens to help tackle terrorism. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said: “We work tirelessly with security partners to identify and thwart the terrorist threat. But the public can also play a crucial role in helping to keep communities safe and we would encourage anyone with suspicions to report their concerns.”
An anti-theft campaign was also launched this week. Detective Superintendent Wilson Gill, Police Scotland's lead detective on acquisitive crime, said, "Most people will be keen to take advantage of the longer days and improving weather, especially after the severe conditions we have seen over recent weeks. I would urge people not to be complacent and make sure your property remains secure as you do so."
Elsewhere, good work was done in the struggle against the drug trade, with a seziure of cannabis worth around £20k recoved near Ellon, £81k of heroin seized in Aberdeen, and a 26-year-old man in court in Dunfermline in connection with drugs offences.
Meanwhile, thieves and violent criminals fared no better over the past week, as a man was reported for various crimes of dishonesty including housebreaking car theft and vandalism, a 50-year-old was charged following an off license robbery in Edinburgh, a man was sentenced for domestic abuse offences in the Caithness and Easter Ross areas, and an individual appeared in court following an assault in Dunfermline. Four people have also been charged with attempted murder in Buckhaven, and a 20-year-old has been convicted after pleading guilty to a murder in Glenrothes in September last year.
And finally, it was today announced that Police Scotland will be placing further focus on maritime crime, working with various other law enforcement agencies under UK–wide Project Kraken day of action. Superintendent Findlay MacDonald, of the Ministry of Defence Police, said, "Officers from the MOD Police Clyde Marine Unit and shore-based colleagues on board one of the Unit's Police launches will be working in partnership with Police Scotland to help promote the initiative and raise public awareness about the need to remain vigilant to protect our borders and reduce maritime crime."
That's it for this week, folks. Have a great weekend, stay safe, and we'll see you again next Friday.