Police issue warning ahead of weekend shows

Officers are urging people to take responsibility for their actions to avoid a repeat of disorder at last weekend's Echt Show.
Officers are urging people to take responsibility for their actions to avoid a repeat of disorder at last weekend's Echt Show.

Police are warning that alcohol-fuelled disorder or anti-social behaviour of any kind will not be accepted as a busy weekend of shows and events across the North East approaches.

Ahead of the New Deer show and Marquee on Saturday, along with other Highland show events in Stonehaven, Tomintoul and elsewhere, officers are urging people to take responsibility for their actions to avoid a repeat of disorder at last weekend's Echt Show.

Despite the majority of attendees enjoying themselves, several incidents of fighting and antisocial behaviour were reported towards the end of the evening resulting in numerous people being charged. These individuals have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and will appear in court at a later date.

Local Area Commander Chief Inspector Murray Main said: "At the weekend police were forced to intervene during disorder at the end of Echt Show despite repeated warnings of the potential consequences of anti-social behaviour or disorder.

"This was a family friendly event which should have been trouble-free however a small minority chose to behave in a completely ridiculous manner. Only through the actions of the good numbers of Police officers present were we able to prevent the situation escalating.

"Preparation for events this weekend have been underway for many months, including liaising with Police to ensure the days are as safe and enjoyable as possible.

"What organisers should not have to worry about is the irresponsible, usually alcohol-fuelled, actions of a small minority who choose to go out of their way to threaten the enjoyment of the event for everyone.

"If any anti-social behaviour is detected at these events then we will have no option but to deploy increased Police resources in the future. That is certainly not what I want and I am sure it's not what the vast majority of attendees want either.

"My message is clear - have fun by all means, but be sensible and don’t act in a way you will regret the next morning. If you choose to offend and are not dealt with at the time, retrospective enquiries may well be carried out to ensure you are brought to justice or banned from future events."