22 charged in Operation Rhylestone

Police Scotland.
Police Scotland.

More than 20 people have been charged after Police Scotland launched an anti-social behaviour crackdown in Fraserburgh.

As part of a three-week operation, Operation Rhylestone, local officers carried out high-visibility patrols in Fraserburgh’s town centre earlier this month, March 21 and March 22.

“This is the second phase of Operation Rhylestone, which has also included officers from the Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit, divisional officers and special constables, and highlights just what can be achieved when we deploy extra resources,” said sergeant Sam Buchan of the community policing team.

Over the course of the last three weekends, 22 people were charged for various offences. A total of 12 people were reported for offences linked to licensed premises, such as drug supply, assault, and reckless conduct.

A 24-year-old man was charged in relation to an assault which occurred outside Fraserburgh Leisure Centre. In a separate incident, a 26-year-old man was also reported in relation to an assault which occurred at a licensed premises in the town centre.

Additionally, five people were charged with urinating in a public place, a number of people were charged with specific licensing offences, and three people were caught driving over the limit, and thereafter arrested and charged. Fixed penalty notices have been issued for a number of these offences.

Officers also carried out bail and curfew checks on known offenders.

Sergeant Sam, who helmed the operation, continued: “After listening to the concerns of local residents, this is the third weekend in a row where we have deployed extra officers within the town centre to carry out high-visibility patrols in order to provide reassurance and safety.

“As part of a sustained effort, will continue to work to ensure we are keeping people safe in their local communities and we are committed to achieving that within Fraserburgh and its outlying communities.”

Local councillor Charles Buchan, who attended a meeting with officers regarding the operation, said: “I hope that this initiative can be continued, allowing more police effort, to help satisfy the high expectations the public have of our police, and to keep Fraserburgh a safe and enjoyable place to live and work.”

A part of the operation, a police surgery will also be held on Saturday, April 12, at the Fraserburgh Community Centre.