Angus police visit retailers as part of Operation Quest

Police Constables walking the beat
Police Constables walking the beat

Police Scotland officers in Angus carried out activities last week to deter, detect and disrupt violence, disorder, crime and anti-social behaviour across the region.

Operation Quest targeted violent offenders, along with carrying out bail checks, warrant checks and licensed premises visits during the week long operation running between Saturday, October 22, and Saturday, October 29.

This initiative included visits to local retailers, financial institutions and patrolling remote rural areas within Angus.

Over 200 retailers, including off sales, bookmakers, licensed premises, newsagents, fast food outlets and petrol filling stations were visited. These premises were given information on retail crime prevention and advice on age restricted sales. This also provided an opportunity to discuss or highlight any local issues to officers.

These premises were visited in partnership with Angus Council Trading Standards to look at the part they can play in reducing antisocial behaviour by considering appropriate sales of items, not necessarily age restricted goods, but those that can be used to cause harm within our local community.

All 19 Post Offices across Angus were visited by Police Scotland as part of the Angus Adult Protection Committee’s strategy on protection from financial harm for consumers. This is to reduce opportunities of financial losses through fraud and other scams and the important part financial institutions play in preventing these types of crime.

As part of our commitment to rural crime prevention and road safety, dedicated patrols stopped and checked a number of vehicles across Angus leading to ten offences, mostly defective lighting and one man was charged in connection with possession of drugs.

Domestic violence is never acceptable in any form and those who choose to behave in this manner will be prosecuted at every opportunity. For this reason a male domestic violence perpetrator was arrested for breaching bail conditions.

Youth problem areas were also identified for patrols leading to alcohol being seized and a man was charged with being in possession of drugs.

Whilst also patrolling town centres across county 10 parking tickets were issued and two warnings were given for inconsiderate parking. There was also an arrest for a disqualified driver.

Sergeant Debbie Donkin said: “During this operation within Angus, officers have been involved in a broad range of tasks to deter, disrupt and detect all aspects of crime including violence and antisocial behaviour. Five violent offenders were traced by virtue of warrants and dealt with accordingly. The message is very simple, violent behaviour will never be tolerated in any form and will be dealt with robustly on all occasions.

“Tackling violent crime remains a priority for Police Scotland and we work with a number of partner agencies at a local and national level to prevent, detect and disrupt violence in our communities.

“An important part of visits to shop premises and retailers was to discuss the work we can do together to keep our communities safe.

“I would urge any members of the local community to report any concerns they may about anti social behaviour or criminal activity in their area to Tayside Division on 101 or alternatively on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with a view to making Angus a safer place for everyone.”

Angus Council’s Communities Convener, Donald Morrison, said: “Preventing underage sales of restricted products is an important aspect of tackling criminal behaviour and vandalism, as well as protecting our young citizens. It isn’t just alcohol and tobacco, but also petroleum products such as lighter fuel and substances that can be mis-used.

“Retailers who have signed up to our Age Restricted Sales Code of Practice are aware of the need to be careful of selling normally innocent that are not restricted by age is important and we are grateful to them for this.”