Police warn residents to stay safe over Noel

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Police were deployed in Aberdeenshire towns for the final weekend before Christmas and reported low levels of violence.

As part of the festive ‘Safer Streets’ campaign, there was a visible policing presence throughout the division in towns including Banchory, Inverurie, Stonehaven, Laurencekirk, Huntly, Banff, Ellon, Elgin, Buckie Fraserburgh, Peterhead, and Forres.

Police were joined by 13 special constables over the weekend who volunteered for over 100 hours of duty.

As part of Police Scotland’s ‘partnership working approach’ a number of licenced premises, including The Stag in Banchory, were visited throughout the weekend by police and officers from the licencing standards department of Aberdeenshire Council.

Inspector Rob Sturton, from the Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit (AVRU) said: “Licenced premises are expected to remain busy over the coming days and our partnership working approach continues to ensure that Aberdeenshire and Moray is a safe place to enjoy the festive season.

“It is encouraging that there were no serious assaults reported over the last weekend and we will have high-visibility patrols out throughout the festive period to deter and detect those involved in violence.”