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City wants proceeds of crime cash
Martin Greig (Pic: Aberdeen City Council)
The councillor believes Grampian region deserves to benefit
A councillor has pressed the justice minister to give Aberdeen a share of about 2m in proceeds of crime assets.

Aberdeen councillor Martin Greig made his call to Cathy Jamieson after Grampian Police seized a Scottish record amount of crack cocaine.

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire are sharing about 2m.

Councillor Greig said the north east also deserved a share. The Scottish Executive said it would be considered.

Police in Aberdeen revealed on Wednesday that they had broken the Scottish record for crack cocaine seizures twice in a matter of days.

Crack cocaine and heroin with a total street value of about 240,000 was seized.

Many people will say that it is unfair that assets seized in Aberdeen and the north east should be going outwith the area
Councillor Martin Greig

Grampian Police said this included Scotland's largest single seizure of 385.5g of crack cocaine, followed just days later by a new record of 448g.

Operation Vortex, set up to hit the flow of drugs from England, saw 28 men and women arrested this month.

Councillor Greig, chair of Aberdeen Community Safety Partnership and the vice convener of Grampian Joint Police Board, said it showed the area had problems.

The six areas chosen to share the Proceeds of Crime Act money were picked due to levels of violent crime.

Councillor Greig said: "This comes at a time when substantial sums are being recovered in Aberdeen from criminal activity thanks to the work of Grampian Police."

'Crime hotspots'

He has now written to Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson to ask when Aberdeen will benefit from this scheme.

Councillor Greig said: "Obviously the award from the Proceeds of Crime Act is good news for those councils which are receiving a share in the 2m recovered from criminal activity.

"Thanks to the excellent work of Grampian Police, there continue to be major successes in the fight against criminals in Aberdeen and the north east.

"There are various crime hotspots around the city that would benefit substantially from additional resources.

"Many people will say that it is unfair that assets seized in Aberdeen and the north east should be going outwith the area."

A spokesperson for Ms Jamieson told BBC Scotland the minister had said it was appropriate that the money should go to areas which experience the highest levels of violent crime.

However the spokesperson said Councillor Greig's letter would be considered and would receive a responce.


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