Police warnlocal farmers to clear up roads

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ALTHOUGH drivers have been struggling to cope with snow and ice on roads throughout Angus in recent weeks, Tayside Police are also advising drivers to watch out for mud on the roads, writes Janet Thomson.

Speaking at this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council, Community Liaison Officer Constable Ally Smith told the meeting the police in Angus were urging all drivers and operators of heavy plant and agricultural vehicles to be aware of the problems caused by mud on the roads.

He said: “At the moment drivers are having to cope with snow on the road, but mud on the road can also be a problem. It is an annual problem and not one that is exclusive to the county.

“Now the authorities are reminding drivers and operators that failing to clean up and remove mud from the road can be an offence under the “Roads (Scotland) Act.

“While it is appreciated that farmers and contractors need to move their machines from field to field, it is asked that any mess left on the road is cleared away as soon as possible.

“Tayside Police have an agreed procedure with Angus Council (as the area’s roads authority), to deal with any instances of mud on the road.

“This may result in the council arranging to clean the road with the costs then being recovered from the offender.

“Where necessary, tractor drivers and operators will be charged and reported.”

Constable Smith also issued a warning about the latest on-line scam and bogus callers.

He continued: “Unfortunately, Tayside Police have again received reports of people losing substantial amounts of money after falling foul of unscrupulous people.

“One of the most recent cases highlighted a person making contact with another on a dating website and subsequently being conned out of a considerable amount of money. Tayside Police continue to urge householders, the elderly in particular, to be on their guard against bogus callers who claim to represent legitimate organisations or companies. All householders should be vigilant and suspicious of everyone who calls unannounced at their door. Where someone claims to be a workman of any description, demand to see some form of identification. All bona fide callers will have ID and will not be offended if they are asked to provide it. Above all else, if you are not satisfied the caller is genuine, do not let them in and contact the police on 101.”

In his report Constable Smith revealed there had been a 5.2 per cent decrease in violent crime between April and December 2012, and of these crimes 90.9 per cent were detected. The number of crimes of vandalism had decreased by almost 1per cent on last year’s results, and domestic housebreaking by 5.7 per cent (detection rate 4.9 per cent above target). There were 36 crimes recorded of offences for supply/possession with the intent to supply drugs compared to 37 last year.

He concluded: “Complaints regarding antisocial behaviour, and in particular youths causing annoyance complaints, have reduced by 24.7 per cent in comparison with the same period last year. Much of this success is attributed to the existence of Friday Night Projects in every town in Angus.”