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Operation PINE Results Announced

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96 people have been arrested during a two-week crackdown on serious violent crime

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A total of 96 people have been arrested during a two-week crackdown on serious violent crime in the North East.

The Divisional Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit (DAVRU) assisted by Community Policing Teams and specialist departments launched the focused action to clear warrants for outstanding crimes, failures to appear at court, non-payment of fines and failure to comply with court orders.

134 warrants have been cleared across North East Division and more than 4,000 in fines resolved with offenders who had failed to pay.

These included 1 arrested for alleged attempted murder, 6 arrested for robbery/attempted robbery, 22 arrested for assault/serious assault and 4 for carrying offensive weapons. During the two week operation a 64 year old man was arrested in relation to an alleged attempted murder in the Sinclair Road area of Aberdeen, a 33 year old man regarding a serious assault in the Cove area of Aberdeen, a 27 year old man in relation to an attempted robbery in Westfield Road area of Inverurie, a 28 year old man in relation to a robbery in Westhill, a 35 year old woman regarding an assault in Peterhead and a 28 year old man regarding an assault in Forres.

Following enquiries with the Fugitive Unit, a 21 year-old man was traced and arrested in Spain in connection with an alleged serious assault in Aberdeen in July 2016 following the issue of a European Arrest warrant.

The crackdown (between Sep 18 and 28) has been part of Operation PINE, the Division's ongoing initiative to tackle violent crime across the region.

Sergeant Mike Stobie of the DAVRU, who led this latest operation, said:

"Operation PINE is an integral part of our Policing activity day-in, day-out. Arresting offenders on warrant is routine work for Police Officers however focused action like this is crucial to incarcerate violent offenders and bring them before the courts. This is a key part in preventing further violent offences and ensuring offenders face the consequences for their actions.

"The high number of people arrested across the region during the past two weeks reinforces our continuing robust approach to targeting offenders and builds on our promise to communities that we will target those responsible for committing such crime.

"Violent crime is inexcusable and completely avoidable. Crimes of this nature not only impact upon the victim and their friends, family and witnesses but they also impact upon the perpetrator too. During recent public surveys violent crime was ranked as a key concern for the public, placing it as one of Police Scotland's top priorities, and the recent launch of the 'One Punch' national campaign reinforces the message that just one punch has the potential to ruin two lives.

"Officers in the North East do everything they can to ensure those responsible for violent crime face the full consequences of their actions. We cannot do this alone however, and I again appeal to the public to assist Police in bringing violent offenders to justice. If you have information regarding a person you believe may be wanted on warrant or involved in crimes of violence please support us and your community by telling us where they are and what they are involved in. Police can be contacted on 101 and, should you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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