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Drugs seizures reach record level
Crack cocaine pipe
A dramatic rise was seen in the seizures of crack cocaine
Drug seizures in Grampian reached record levels last year, according to the force's annual police report.

Chief Constable Colin McKerracher said seizures of crack cocaine increased by 700% and heroin by 250%.

Though the report showed an overall fall in crime across the region, concern was raised over serious violent incidents, which rose to 1,048.

Housebreaking fell to an all-time low, affecting 1,263 houses, and assaults and robberies also fell by 28%.

City centre violence, anti-social behaviour and prostitution were also targeted by police, said the report.

Drugs tackled

Special initiatives were highlighted, with figures showing that Operation Blaven - which tackles drug trafficking by organised criminals in England - resulted in 172 drug supply charges.

More than 3kg of heroin and 4.11kg of crack cocaine with a potential street value of 891,880, were seized along with 71,626 in cash.

Colin McKerracher
Chief Constable Colin McKerracher claims detection rates have risen

The range of initiatives to tackle anti-social behaviour were said to be a success.

In Aberdeen, warning letters were sent to almost a thousand parents whose children had been involved in anti-social behaviour, with 60% of those young people not coming to police attention again.

However, road casualty fatalities rose from 53 to 62, with police pledging to address problems with a new road safety campaign.

A long-term strategy to deal with serious and violent crime in Aberdeen centre, in association with pubs and nightclubs, is also planned.


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