Eight arrested in North East for serious assault

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Eight men have been arrested in connection with eight separate serious assaults as Police Scotland continue their crackdown on violent crime.

Last month, 42 men and women aged between 16 and 54-years-of-age were charged as part of Operation PINE, targeted at those responsible for committing incidents of domestic abuse.

Sergeant Mike Stobie from the Divisional Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit (DAVRU) said that violence in any shape or form will not be tolerated.

He said: “Tackling violence is a challenge across the North East and the safety of vulnerable members of our local communities is a key priority.

“I cannot stress enough the effects violent crime can have on victims and their families.”

He added: ““I would like to take the opportunity at this point to stress that the success we are having in tackling violent crime is thanks to the support we get from the local communities and victims who put their trust in Police to report offenders.”

The individuals were expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court between July 1 and July 5.

The latest phase of Operation PINE was launched on July 1.