Crackdown on crime hailed a huge success

Officers kept a high profile during the operation
Officers kept a high profile during the operation

A £65,000 drugs haul in Cupar was among the key successes of a police initiative aimed at cracking down on crime in north east Fife during May.

Operation Tusker, which ran for three weeks, was launched by Fife Division of Police Scotland to tackle the issues that blight local communities.

Dedicated officers employed various pro-active tactics and activities, with the focus on offences including violence, drugs, domestic abuse, breaches of curfew bail, individuals sought on warrant, outstanding suspects and alcohol-related criminality.

The operation proved to be particularly successful in north east Fife, with 27 arrests of people wanted on warrant, and all appearing in court from custody for offences including housebreaking, theft, theft by shoplifting, assault, bail, offensive weapons, domestic abuse and other related anti-social behaviour.

A further 61 people were arrested and charged, with a total of 70 cases detected by the Tusker team investigating reported crimes.

One such was the £65,000 cannabis cultivation found in a house in Cupar by an officer acting on a tip-off.

This followed an earlier cannabis cultivation being found at another Cupar property.

Tusker officers, supported by Campaign Against Violence (CAV) officers, and partners, also conducted a range of operations from enforcement of no drinking zones and spot checks carried out at licensed premises to ensure compliance of licensing and associated criminal laws.

This resulted in a total of 91 licensed premises being subjected to comprehensive inspections by the officers, with two premises in St Andrews and one in Cupar instructed to stop selling alcohol with immediate effect following disclosure of anomalies with their respective premises licence.

The operation also saw officers carrying out a total of 227 separate high visibility foot and mobile patrol deployments at specific ‘hotspot’ locations identified by local residents in places used by a small minority for drug, alcohol and anti-social behaviour related activity.

Areas targeted included Cupar, St Andrews, Auchtermuchty, Newburgh, Falkland, East Neuk, Tay Bridgehead and other public areas in north east Fife.

Throughout the operation, intelligence-led ‘stop and search’ activity was conducted, resulting in 36 positive searches of people being carried out where drugs, alcohol and weapons were recovered and persons sought on warrant, breaching curfew bail conditions and wanted for a variety of crimes traced and identified.

Police Scotland Sergeant Gary Combe of the Community Investigation Unit for north east Fife, commented:

“Operation Tusker achieved outstanding results and was a combination of intelligence-led operations following assessment of analytical crime data, working closely with our partners and responding to the concerns of the public.”