VIOLENT crime reduced dramatically in Moray over the festive period, figures have shown.
Police Scotland recorded no serious assaults in the area between December 6 and January 4, compared to six over the same period the previous year. A review of the force’s winter Safer Streets campaign further showed a reduction in common assaults, from 108 to 74.
The operation saw extra high-visibility patrols across the area with a focus on targeting anti-social behaviour and violence. Local officers worked alongside partner agencies, including the Moray Community Safety Partnership and Moray Alcohol and Drug Partnership. In addition the operation saw more than 700 licensed premises visits across Moray and Aberdeenshire carried out.
Local commander, chief superintendent Mark McLaren, thanked officers and partner agencies for their work. “We welcome these extremely positive results and it is heartening to know that our communities have been that bit safer during the festive period," he said. "Safer Streets has been a very successful campaign over the years and we will continue to build on what has already been achieved.”
Steve McCluskey, of the Moray Alcohol and Drug Partnership, which funds the campaign, said: “These positive figures and results are very welcome and demonstrate the importance of working in partnership with agencies and communities around focused campaigns such as Safer Streets.
“As we move into 2014, we look forward to building upon this good work and continuing to make Moray a safe place to live and work all year round.”