Police deliver report at meeting

Police Scotland officer.
Police Scotland officer.

Police Scotland Inspector Stewart Drummond delivered the police report at the monthly meeting of Fraserburgh Community Council.

Inspector Drummond said there had been 297 reported incidents in the last month, out of which 91 crime files were opened. A total of 46 crimes remain undetected.

Of the incidents, there were 10 assaults, 12 vandalisms, three house break-ins, 17 thefts by shop-lifting, a number of drug offences and no drink-drive offences.

Inspector Drummond also said there were 60 fixed penalty notices issued and that feedback on the Police’s action on parking had been positive overall.

The inspector added that as a result of one of the break-ins, one man had been remanded in custody.

The meeting then opened up for questions, with one Community Council member asking if there had been any developments regarding community wardens.

Councillor Brian Topping also highlighted the issue of community wardens, saying he had discussions with Area Manager Margaret-Jane Cardno on the issue.

Cllr Topping said he had received assurances that the only outstanding issue was that of working up a job description for community wardens - but that there had been no movement on the issue since.

Cllr Topping reiterated his support for the reintroduction of wardens and said they were invaluable, especially in terms of work at sheltered housing schemes and in liaising with the Community Council.

He added that the issue had been raised at a meeting of the Community Planning Group as well as the Community Safety Group, and had been told there may be positive developments at the start of the financial year.

However, Cllr Ian Tait commented that it would have been unfair to employ wardens for only a short period of time prior to the start of the financial year.

Cllr Charles Buchan highlighted concerns about cuts in the Council budget, which passed recently, saying that nearly every spending category had been reduced by at least 10% - with some being cut by as much as 65%.

The Community Council agreed to write to the Area Manager to try to get a clearer picture of possible warden provision.