Published: 05/12/2013 09:01 - Updated: 05/12/2013 08:40

Moray transport hubs focus of crime crackdown

police scotlandPOLICE have launched a two-day operation at transport hubs across Moray and the north east.

Officers will be cracking down on crime and antisocial behaviour.

Operation Balta will take place today and tomorrow with drug detection dogs out with their handlers at bus terminals and train stations. Officers will also be on buses in Moray.

A metal detection arc will also be used as part of the crackdown.

Elgn South councillor Graham Leadbitter welcomed news of the operation.

He has been contacted by people concerned over antisocial behaviour at the town's bus station.

Councillor Leadbitter said: "This type of problem can come in spates and Operation Balta could prove to be very timely.

"Antisocial behaviour is unacceptable and can impact on large numbers of people, particularly in areas like the bus station, as well as discouraging visitors from coming to Elgin.

"Operation Balta will hopefully nip this recent increase in incidents in the bud and help keep our city centre environment a safe and pleasant place to spend time."

He urged anyone witnessing antisocial behaviour to report it to the police.

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