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Small rise in some crime in Badenoch and Strathspey

By Gavin Musgrove

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There has been a small rise in most detected criminal offences year on year in Badenoch and Strathspey, latest figures have revealed.

But police bosses have said that at least some of this can be attributed to coming out of lockdown.

The number of shoplifting offences has increased from four to 16 for the period but police put this down to a rise in the number of retail premises trading following the Covid-19 lockdown periods.

The number of property break-ins has fallen from seven to three.

The period for the latest Police Scotland figures cover the start of April to September 30. There was a rise in the number of detections for drugs supply, production and cultivation from 19 to 30 cases.

The number of people caught speeding in the strath rose from 95 to 139 but was still well below the five year average of 446 motorists.

Sexual crimes including historical offences which have been recorded in the reporting period fell from 12 – which is also the five-year average – to five.

The number of breaches of the peace and crimes involving threatening and abusive behaviour increased from nine to 19.

Inspector Vincent Tough, Police Scotland’s area inspector for Badenoch, Strathspey and Nairn, said in his report: “The Covid-19 pandemic in Badenoch and Strathspey’s communities brought out and continues to bring out the best in the majority of the population.

“Communities have provided support to vulnerable residents and have all collectively looked out for neighbours.

“However, it was and remains important to highlight that less scrupulous individuals may seek to exploit people’s vulnerabilities.”

The police figures will go before Highland Council’s area committee on Tuesday.

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