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Police Report


It’s been a busy old month again for the Kinross Community team, with lots of community engagement over a very wet and miserable school summer holiday.
Atholl and Dougie attended a great event at Kinross Show, taking along the Community Mobile Police Office along with the wee Police Van. This certainly had more attention with the cage at the back, which many a child, and some adults (after the beer tent), took great delight in climbing inside and taking a few selfies.
PC Willie Johnstone, one of Police Scotland Rural Crime Officers, came along and offered some great advice to the many farmers who popped their heads in, with lots of crime prevention leaflets being passed on. Overall, a great event and a great day.
Kinross Fire Service were also in attendance, pitched next to us, and again great community spirit and engagement by the local Fireys. So much so, that Dougie and I were kindly invited to the Kinross Firemen’s yearly summer BBQ (off duty, I may add), which was a great night with “plenty community engagement of a different kind”.
Again, we were also in attendance with the Fire Service at Giacopazzi’s family fun day to mark a year of the new shop having opened and, again, a great turn out by the Kinross community to support the shop and the community.

We also held a “Coffee with the Cops” Police surgery at Heaven Scent in Milnathort. Thanks again to Andrew and his team for having us. We plan to hold these around the villages as well, with a view to having an informal chat with locals and getting feedback on any Policing issues or concerns. Keep your eyes on PC Spalding’s Twitter page for forthcoming events.

Crime News
Dougie and I have carried out several speed checks over the last month at locations we were advised via a Twitter poll and by attending several CC meetings and were pleased to report that most local drivers were not speeding and warnings were given to those who were slightly over.
Crime Appeal
This week we attended the report of a despicable crime whereby a local 79-year-old lady was the victim of an attempted handbag snatch around 3.40pm on Saturday 19 August on Station Road at the junction with Douglas Crescent, Kinross. The suspect is described as late teens/early 20s, casual clothing and got into the passenger side of a white small car similar to a Ford Fiesta. Any sighting or information regarding this, please call 101 or Crimestoppers. I would also like to thank the members of the public who stopped to assist the lady and helped her to her home address and gave vital statements to Police which will hopefully identify the person responsible.

Bank Telephone Frauds
Again, we had a high value telephone banking fraud this week whereby an elderly female has passed her personal account and banking details over the phone to a person pretending to be from her bank. Please DO NOT pass any details to anyone over the phone or at any time. Please have a look at the Police Scotland website for lots of good advice re personal safety, scams and tips on keeping your house and shed secure

Police Scotland – local community
Telephone 101 for non-emergencies

Community officers for Kinross-shire: PC Atholl Spalding and PC Douglas Stapleton.
Community Sergeant (Kinross-shire): Sgt Nicky Forrester.
Community Inspector for Perth South (Strathearn, Strathallan & Carse of Gowrie, Almond & Earn, Kinross-shire): PI Kevin Chase.

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Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This is a free phone number (unless you are using a mobile phone), which any member of the public can contact at any time if you have information relating to a criminal activity of any sort. It is, if you wish, confidential and you cannot be contacted if you choose to remain anonymous.