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May holiday weekend is worse than Black Friday ...

Emergency services face a busy weekend at the end of May

Emergency services face a busy weekend at the end of May

 

Forget Black Friday - police in Fife have unearthed a weekend which is more incident packed than any other in the calendar.

Forget Black Friday - police in Fife have unearthed a weekend which is more incident packed than any other in the calendar.

Now they are preparing for a major operation to tackle the rise in crime over the holiday weekend at the end of May.

Operation Tusker will see over 80 officers out on the streets from Friday through to Sunday evening.

The move comes after research revealed a remarkable rise in crime and anti-social behaviour over the May weekend - a combination of a public holiday, good weather and more people out socialising.

Garry McEwan, local divisional commander for Fife, revealed the operation in a briefing this week.

He said, ‘‘The last weekend in May shows such a huge spike in crime and anti-social behaviour. It is worse than Black Friday.

‘‘Our analysts looked at all the figures and showed this incredible increase.

‘‘It was quite startling what they found.

‘‘It’s often a bank holiday weekend, the weather is usually good and people are out socialising - but the spike in crime is huge. It’s an incredible increase, and it it is mirrored nationally.’’

Plans are in hand to launch a major exercise throughout the weekend to cut down on drunken behaviour, assaults and anti-social problems.

Campaign teams, normally out for one day, will be on 
duty across the weekend to keep people safe.

“Every night there will be 80-plus officers on the streets to try to reduce the spike in criminality and try to make a big difference this year.

‘‘We will be pro-active over the weekend.’’

The campaign wilL include education, and also raising awareness to make sure people enjoy the weekend but safely.

Black Friday is the name given to the night office parties peak just before Christmas.

It is generally considered to be the busiest weekend of the year for all emergency services as bars and restaurants are packed all day with groups carrying on partying across the evening and into the wee small hours.

Police have always had a major presence in town on the day.

A new plan for a unique region ...

A new policing plan has been produced for Fife - one year after the launch of a single force under the Police Scotland banner.

The blueprint for 2014-17 highlights the key priorities in the plan - and sets pout to meet the themes of ‘‘smarter, safer, stronger’’ at their very heart.

Garry McEwan, Local Policing Commander, said: ‘‘Having been born and brought up in Fife I am fully aware that the diverse range of communities creates this unique ara.

‘‘I also understand how much pride place place in being identified as Fifers - this sense of local identity is the reason the partnership between the public and police has been, and will continue to remain, strong.’’

The plan can be viewed online at www.police.scotland.uk - go to the ‘My Community’ section.

Plans for each council ward can also be viewed there.

 

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