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Extra police patrols in north east to tackle violence

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Additional police patrols are taking place in north east Scotland after a rise in the number of serious assaults.

Between April and June, there were 96 serious assaults in the region - an increase of 52% compared with the same period last year.

Police Scotland said a large number of the incidents were recorded in May, with many of the assaults occurring over two bank holiday weekends.

The majority of the assaults involved men aged in their 20s.

Police Scotland said a "sizeable part" of the rise was related to changes to national standards in recording crimes.

However, the force said officers were carrying out "high visibility patrols" across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray as part of an ongoing campaign to reduce violent behaviour.

Ch Insp Murray Main, who leads Police Scotland's prevention strategy for violence, said: "There has been an increase in violence across the north east and we are taking action to address this.

"There remains a small minority of individuals who, for whatever reason, are unable to behave or are intent on causing trouble.

"Their actions can have the most profound impact not only on victims, but witnesses and families."

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