Police advice for summer events

The summer show season is in full swing
The summer show season is in full swing

Police have praised the organisers of North-east summer shows which have so far remained largely trouble-free.

With a busy period of agricultural gatherings and Highland games under way, they have increased resources at key events to support organisers in keeping people safe.

Aboyne Games will take place this Saturday and there have been successful events at Oldmeldrum, Banchory and Turriff which have been largely untroubled by incidents of antisocial behaviour and violence.

Inspector Rob Sturton said: “This success is due in no small part to the efforts of those involved in the organisation of these events and the friends, families and communities who have entered into the spirit of these occasions whilst taking personal responsibility for their behaviour.

“This year Police Scotland working partners under Operation PINE have increased resources at key events to support organisers in keeping people safe.

“These small teams comprising police officers, social workers and street pastors support the organisers and main policing and stewarding operation through early intervention to defuse flashpoints and the provision of support to potentially vulnerable individuals to ensure a preventative focus.

“Our message is quite clear. We want everyone to enjoy the games, socialise with friends and family and enjoy the event hospitality.

“However, whilst enjoying the hospitality, don’t cause trouble for yourself or anyone else by drinking to excess and making poor choices. If you are intent in engaging in violent or antisocial behaviour and ruining what should be a great occasion for all in attendance you will be dealt with swiftly and robustly.

“Consider your alcohol intake and don’t place yourself in a vulnerable position. Stay with friends and plan your evening making sure you know how you intend to get home.”