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Operation continues to tackle anti-social behaviour in Forres

By Staff Reporter

POLICE are continuing their crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Forres and have warned that offenders will be "robustly" dealt with.

Officers have been carrying out increased patrols and checks as part of a new operation to tackle community concerns.

The local Community Policing Team has also adapted its policing plan to include enhanced patrols, increased licensed premises visits as well as more speed checks.

The operation continues and officers will be out this weekend. Inspector Keli McPhail thanked local residents for their support and co-operation to date.

She said: "It's only with your help and using the valuable information you provide to us that we can target the right places at the right times and make the area even safer.

"As your new Inspector, I have been out meeting with the local community and it is so pleasing to see the effort so many people go to to make Forres a welcoming place to live and work.

"My officers who were out on patrol over the past weekend to carry out licensed premises checks were overall very pleased with how the people out enjoying themselves engaged with them.

"The same approach will continue this weekend but let me be clear that anyone who acts in an anti-social way will be dealt with robustly.

"This operation will ultimately help us work smarter and often alongside our partners to reduce anti-social behaviour, nuisance calls and concerns about drugs, excessive alcohol use and violence. "We will also be working with our partners to develop innovative ways of diverting young people in particular from becoming involved in criminality."

Insp McPhail said local concerns had been taken seriously and anti-social behaviour would not be tolerated.

You can contact Police Scotland with concerns on 101 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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