Police launch Operation Sandside

Detective Inspector Fiona Topping and some of the officers involved in Operation SANDSIDE pictured at Inverurie Police Station
Detective Inspector Fiona Topping and some of the officers involved in Operation SANDSIDE pictured at Inverurie Police Station
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Police Scotland launched a crackdown on domestic abuse across the region with officers targeting addresses across Aberdeenshire and Moray, spearheaded by a Domestic Abuse Day of Action on Thursday (November 20).

They have been working with Domestic Abuse Outreach workers carrying out checks at a number of properties to ensure the safety of victims and also to track down offenders of domestic abuse.

Police Scotland report that a total of 55 addresses were targeted and various victims and perpetrators have been spoken to.

An 18 year old female will be reported for assault, a 20 year old male will be reported for threatening behaviour and vandalism, a 22 year old female is in custody for assault and vandalism and a 23 year old male will be reported for bail offences.

Detective Sergeant Kerry Rigg of the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit said: “We target persons who commit domestic abuse and we encourage victims to have the confidence to come forward and report incidents.

“It is an issue which is often under-reported and we want to make it clear that it will not be tolerated and victims will be supported. There are systems in place that will provide help at home as well as guidance through any judicial processes.

“By concentrating with our partners on reassuring victims, we aim to give them the support and help that they need.

“It is very much a collaborative approach which is taken with a number of partners in the area to support those who may have experienced or are at risk of experiencing domestic abuse.”

Detective Inspector Fiona Topping said: “Aberdeenshire & Moray Division of Police Scotland is committed to dealing with domestic abuse which is still a serious issue in our society. The festive season is approaching and this is a time when the Police have previously seen an increase in the number of incidents of domestic abuse reported.

“Many victims are especially vulnerable at this time of year and previous abuse can escalate with significant implications for them, their children and family.

“Suffering behind closed doors should not and cannot be ignored. We want to protect victims and deal robustly with offenders.

“On the approach to the national festive campaign, Aberdeenshire & Moray Division will undertake days of action as part of Operation SANDSIDE. Our aim is to give a clear message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated. We will target perpetrators and those who have previously offended, as well as raise awareness again of the issue and encourage anyone who hasn’t come forward to do so to report crimes.

“We will also support our partners to ensure victims and their children are safe and supported.”

Detective Inspector Topping added: “If you are involved in an abusive relationship, or if you are a friend, neighbour or family member who believes someone is being abused, please speak out. We will listen and do something about it.

“Please do not suffer in silence.”