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Police crackdown on fine dodgers sees 100 arrested

A police crackdown on fine defaulters in Aberdeen has resulted in 102 arrests and 287 warrants issued.

People with an accumulated debt of more than £29,000 were dealt with by police during the three-week initiative in the city.

A further 58 arrests were made in relation to drug and violence offences.

The Scotland-wide campaign, Operation RAC, was instigated by Police Scotland to target criminals through enforcement and partnership working.

Officers worked closely with staff from the Scottish Court Service, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

They arrested 102 people wanted for outstanding crimes, non-payment of fines, failure to appear at court, or failure to comply with court orders.

A total of 129 apprehension warrants were executed, while 158 warrants were carried out for failure to pay fines - with the accumulated debt of £29,230 owed to the court.

'Prevent Crimes'

In addition, 31 people were arrested in connection with violence and assaults, and 27 individuals were arrested in connection with drugs offences.

Officers also apprehended two men in connection over two separate incidents of violent assault across the area.

Drugs with an estimated street value of £1,500 were recovered by officers, with seven men and one woman separately charged.

Constable Gavin Fleming, of the Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit, said: "The aim of this initiative was to target those involved in criminality and ensure those who commit crime are held accountable for their actions.

"Operation RAC will continue to disrupt criminal activity, target criminals and help prevent crimes from happening."

Cliff Binning, chief operations officer for the Scottish Court Service, said: "We work with our justice partners to pursue all unpaid fines from road violations to court penalties and collection rates remain strong right across Scotland.

"If you have an outstanding fine in the Aberdeen area, we urge you to catch up with your payments now. If you don't, you could be the next person to see a warrant issued for your arrest."

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