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Dramatic effect of the Safer Streets Initiative

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Violence and anti-social behaviour fell dramatically over the festive period after a crackdown across Aberdeenshire, it has been revealed.

Crime dropped by more than half in Fraserburgh, and by more than 30% on average in Peterhead, Inverurie and Stonehaven, compared with last year.

Grampian Police said extra police and community warden patrols had been called in.

The festive community safety drive ran from 11 December to 2 January.

Officers targeted alcohol-related violence in particular.

The operation was mounted with help from the Scottish government's Safer Streets initiative and the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership.

Aberdeenshire Ch Insp Kevin Coyle said:

"We achieved our goal - this has been a notable success and I'd like to thank all the partners who took part in this initiative.

"I'd also like to thank the overwhelming majority of people who took police advice and enjoyed themselves over Christmas and New Year without causing trouble."

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