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Police Scotland’s Moray West report for Forres Community Council lists numerous crimes committed in the area in May


By Ali Morrison

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EIGHT assaults were reported during a scorching month of May in Forres.

The Moray West report for Forres Community Council listed these and other crimes including antisocial behaviour and disorder - road crime also featured and instances of theft even included heavy plant machinery.

There were five reports of vandalism; lines of enquiry are being followed via CCTV and house-to-house questioning.

Eight reports of assault were received. One person was issued with a recorded police warning, three reports were sent to the Procurator Fiscal and enquires are ongoing into the other four.

A report of a personal amount of a controlled substance being seized was recorded. The person caught in possession was issued with a recorded police warning.

Five bail breaches were reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Two reports were also received of threatening and abusive behaviour towards partners. One accused was released from custody to appear at court at a later date and enquiries are still ongoing into the other matter.

A person was traced, arrested and charged following a report of them assaulting staff at a local store after being refused sale of alcohol. A report was sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

There were five reports of threatening and abusive behaviour. One is being dealt with through education and another perpetrator has been issued with a recorded police warning. Another is an ongoing enquiry and two accused have been released to appear at court.

The month saw four reports of shoplifting from local businesses. Enquires are ongoing into two, with potential identification for suspects.

There was a report of theft of a JCB mini digger from outside a rural business premises. Lines of enquiry with CCTV and forensics are ongoing.

There was a report of fraud involving a suspect attending a store and claiming its head office had pre-authorized a refund on broken bottles of champagne. The fraudster had no receipt or bottles as proof but were given a refund and left. There have been positive lines of enquiry with CCTV and a suspect has been named. Enquiries are still ongoing.

There was also a report of fraud involving a person’s email being hacked. The suspect tried to order a mobile phone through the victim’s O2 account, however, it was intercepted and there was no financial loss. There were no proportionate lines of enquiry to follow.

Finally, there were a large number of road safety and road crimes in-and-around Forres.

Two people were arrested and charged with drink driving. Both were released from custody to appear at court at a later date.

There was a report of a ‘fail to stop and report at the scene of an accident’. Ongoing enquiries include positive lines of enquiry with CCTV and potential identification of a suspect .

Three people were charged and reported for driving without valid insurance. One was also charged and reported for failing to wear a seatbelt, and another for driving while using a mobile telephone.

Two people were reported to the Procurator Fiscal for ‘driving while unfit’. One was also found in possession of a controlled substance and charged with other drug and bail offences, along with driving without insurance or a licence and vehicle defect offences. The passenger was charged with cause and permit to drive a vehicle and aid/abet/counsel, and cause and permit no insurance. Both parties were reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

There were two reports of careless driving - both drivers had made poor manoeuvres, striking other vehicles.

A motorist was caught driving at 91mph within a 60mph area.

Two more were charged for driving on a provisional driving licence and carrying pillion passengers. A report was submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. The second person was additionally charged and reported with no insurance and attempting to take a vehicle.

A driver was charged and reported for vehicle defect offences including exhaust, park brake and windscreen. A report was sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

One person was charged and reported for defective tyres and driving without a licence. A report was sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

One person was reported for driving in a dangerous manner, failing to stop for police and being in possession of a personal amount of controlled drugs. A report was sent to the Procurator Fiscal.










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