FOUR people are expected to appear in court today after police in Moray took action in a bid to crack down on domestic violence in communities across the region.
In total 20 addresses were targeted last Friday with seven incidents investigated.
As a result a 22-year-old man was arrested for threating and abusive behaviour and a 17-year-old man was arrested for threatening and abusive behaviour and resisting arrest.
In addition a 19-year-old female was arrested for assault and a 22-year-old male was arrested for assault and threatening and abusive behaviour. A 31-year-old male was also reported to the Procurator Fiscal for breaching bail conditions.
They are all due to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court.
A 25-year-old female was also reported to the Procurator Fiscal for vandalism.
Officers also carried out checks on offenders who have certain conditions attached including bail and curfew.
The operation was carried out in partnership with the Moray Domestic Abuse Partnership which includes various agencies.
Chief Inspector Willie Findlay said: “Although we have seen good results from the operation, further incidents over the rest of the weekend clearly show that the issue is ongoing and we will not become complacent and will continue in our bid to stamp out domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour.
“There is no place for domestic abuse in our society and we are committed to keeping people safe.
“The aim of the operation was to address the concerns our communities may have as well as raising awareness of the issue and helping to encourage victims to come forward. It is important that people know that there are systems in place that will provide support at home and where necessary guide them through judicial procedures.”
Anybody wishing to report incidents of domestic abuse should call Police Scotland on 101 or contact the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit.