Crime Scotland – October 27

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DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY POLICE

A WINDOW in a Toyota Campervan parked in North Street in Annan was smashed sometime around 3.30am hours on Thursday 27 October 2011.

 

A WINDOW in the Douglas Arms in Friars Vennel, Dumfries was smashed sometime overnight Tuesday 25/Wednesday 26 October 2011.

FIFE POLICE

POLICE IN North East Fife are currently investigating a number of crimes committed in the Tayport area and are appealing to the public for assistance in identifying those involved.

Yesterday (Wed)) two men were seen in the Tayport area and are thought to have been involved in attempted housebreakings committed inHarbour RoadandWestShorealong with the break-in to a house inTay Street, Tayport where electrical goods were stolen.

Detective Constable Jim Soutar, who is leading the enquiry, said: “Such crimes are not commonplace in this area and I am confident that the public will be able to help us in identifying the men involved. At one crime scene, thanks to the vigilance of a neighbour, the men were disturbed and made off.

“They are described as follows: Both men described as in their late teens and of slim build. One was around 5ft 6” in height with medium length brown hair wearing a dark long sleeved tracksuit top. The other is around 6ft in height with curly brown hair wearing a grey hooded top.

“If you have any information at all about the identities of these two men then please call Fife Police on 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where all calls are treated in confidence.”

GRAMPIAN POLICE

TEAMS of police officers today executed drugs search warrants at addresses throughoutAberdeenas Grampian Police marked the anniversary of the launch of Operation Maple.

Homes across the city, including addresses in Torry, Tillydrone and Garthdee were targeted by officers following information provided by the local communities. The day of action – the latest in a series of activities carried out under the banner of Operation Maple – came as the scheme concluded its first year in existence.

Since its launch in October 2010, officers have seized heroin, cocaine and cannabis worth more than £330,000 and arrested more than 230 people after executing hundreds of warrants throughout the city.

And despite the positive results, Aberdeen Divisional Commander Adrian Watson warned that the high-profile initiative would continue.

Chief Superintendent Adrian Watson added: “The statistics speak for themselves and there have been some real successes in terms of removing drugs – and a number of offenders – from the communities where they have caused so much misery.

LOTHIAN AND BORDERS POLICE

THUGS hurled a sandbag from a bridge in Edinburgh, narrowly missing pedestrians below.

 

Police released the CCTV footage in a renewed bit to trace Steven Hope

Police in the Scottish Borders have released CCTV images of a missing man who disappeared two months ago.

The images show 43-year-old Steven Hope visiting the Co-op store at Old Town, Peebles, around 8am on Thursday, August 25.  The store is located near to his home address in the Greenside area of the town.

This is the last known sighting of Steven, who hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Lothian and Borders Police are renewing their appeal for information on the whereabouts of Steven, who is described as 5ft 10ins tall, with a stocky build, clean-shaven, with green eyes, and a celtic tribal tattoo on his back, between his shoulder blades.  He has an eight-inch skin graft on his right arm, and speaks with a Scottish accent.

The CCTV images show him wearing a white t-shirt, brown and green camouflage trousers and brown boots.  He is also known to wear a green or brown coloured wax fishing jacket, and it’s possible that he wore the jacket on that day.

Steven has been missing from his Peebles home since August

In addition to renewing their appeal for information, police will also be undertaking activity in Peebles today, (Thursday), where specialist officers will continue their search for Steven.

Inspector Mike Wynne, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: “The CCTV images show Steven purchasing items in the Co-op store prior to his disappearance.

“This is the last known sighting of him, and we are interested in speaking to anyone who can help us establish his movements thereafter.

“Steven is a landscape architect, and is known to work across West Lothian and occasionally in the Scottish Borders.

“We want to hear from anyone who has employed his services in recent months, as they may have information that can assist our inquiries.

“Likewise, we want to hear from anyone else who may have seen or heard from him since he went missing.”

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

NORTHERN CONSTABULARY

VANDALS targeted properties in Inverness with orange paint.

The buildings, in the Dalneigh area, were targeted between the afternoon of Tuesday 25 October 2011 and 8.20pm on Wednesday 26 October 2011.

TAYSIDE POLICE

A PENSIONER was taken to hospital with severe injuries after being hit by a car in Arbroath’s Ernest Street at about 7.15 this morning.

The 76-year-old was taken by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Both his legs were broken, he sustained a head and possible internal injuries. The 29-year-old woman driver of the silver Citroen Xsara involved in the crash was unhurt.

 The road was closed until about 10.30am while crash investigators carried out enquiries at the scene.

Tayside Police appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident to contact them on 0300 111 2222, or speak to any officer.

 

THREE men were detained today in connection with an incident which saw an elderly Perth couple allegedly defrauded of £60,000.

In a joint operation between Tayside, Strathclyde and Grampian Police, search warrents were executed at one address in Glasgow and two in Aberdeen.

 The incident happened around October 6 and 7.

The men, aged 22, 32 and 36-years-old, are currently assisting with ongoing enquiries at Tayside Police Headquarters.

 

TAYSIDE Police hope that a Cycle Passport Scheme will crack down on bike crime.

Anyone who brings their bike to the event this weekend can have it photographed and issued with a ‘cycle passport’ for £3.00. 

 The passport bears a photo of the bike, its description and serial number and helps owners to describe their bike to police if it is lost or stolen.  All details are also held on a national database, making it easier to reunite found bikes with their owners. 

The event will be held between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October at Olympia car park, Earl Grey Place, Dundee (next to Discovery Quay).

If you require further information, please call Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222.

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