More police patrols to combat vandalism

Police will step up patrols in Banchory following vandalism reports
Police will step up patrols in Banchory following vandalism reports

Police are stepping up patrols in Banchory in a bid to clampdown on vandalism.

The move follows a call by local councillor Jill Webster who highlighted the issue after receiving complaints about graffiti, fire-raising and malicious damage in recent weeks.

Her concern was heightened following the loss of historic Glen O’Dee Hospital in a major fire earlier this month.

Two 13-year-old boys have since been charged in connection with the blaze.

Officers will increase high visibility patrols in the town and, in addition, a local liaison officer will visit schools to provide educational material for teachers, or talk to pupils about vandalism.

Councillor Webster told the Piper this week: “I know that police officers have been attending in the locality of some of the reported incidents and engaging with anyone nearby.

“I see schools liaison work as a crucial part of the Police Service’s crime prevention work.

“As well as being educational in the prevention of crime, it is beneficial to youngsters’ safety and wellbeing and also provides an opportunity for young people to get to know their local police officers.”

Local Inspector Martin Burgess said: “Officers have been made aware of a number of alleged incidents highlighted to us by a local councillor.

“To address these concerns high visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area, which have been responded to very positively by the community.

“In saying this there is no room for complacency when it comes to the safety and security of people living in the area and it goes without saying that any anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.”

He asked anyone with concerns to contact police on 101, or anonymously on Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111.