MORE than 100 people were checked for offensive weapons in Elgin at the weekend under a crackdown on alcohol fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour.
Teams of extra police officers were out in force in the town centre on Saturday night, with a portable scanner used at entrances to various pubs and clubs.
No offensive weapons were detected by the end of the operation, which was carried out by officers from the Elgin Local Policing team and the CID.
Drug dogs were also drafted in to carry out spot checks. Leading the operation was Detective Sergeant Ian Doherty, who said ten people were searched for drugs.
Reports are being submitted to the Procurator Fiscal at Elgin in relation to two individuals, alleged to have been found in possession of personal quantities of cocaine.
Detective Doherty continued: “The operation was a huge success. People were happy to co-operate with our officers and we are pleased that nothing was found by the Ferroguard scanning machine. There is no culture of knife crime in Elgin – and we intend to keep it that way.
“The operation allowed us to increase our presence at key times and locations so we can detect and prevent crime while at the same time offering reassurance to members of the public. Crucially, the high visibility presence sends a strong message that should make people think twice before engaging in reckless or violent behaviour.”
Further operations are scheduled over the coming weeks as the police strive to ensure Elgin remains among the safest places to live and work. Members of the local licensed trade were praised for their co-operation.
Vicky Tice, manager of the Granary on Thunderton Place, said staff were committed to providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone.
“We are delighted to support Grampian Police because it’s in everyone’s interests that Elgin at night is a safe as possible for all of us,” she said.
Anyone with information regarding anti social behaviour is asked to contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.