A TWELVE YEAR old boy has been reported for 23 incidents of vandalism in Keith between August and November.
Police say that the youngster has been reported to the Youth Justice Management Unit after an operation in the town was conducted to tackle vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the area.
It followed reports on a number of incidents in Keith that led to the police operation taking place over the first three weeks of this month, involving a team of police officers led by local policing constable Emily Graham.
Enquiries were carried out that included engagement with the public and additional patrols. Leading the initiative was Sergeant Teresa Clark, who said: “Operation Regard was launched across Moray last month to prevent vandalisms from taking place and to pursue any offenders.
“Following concerns raised by the Keith community in particular, a dedicated team was tasked with investigating numerous complaints of vandalisms and anti-social behaviour in the area.
“Vandalism may appear to be a lower level crime but it affects the quality of life for everyone living and working in our communities. The impact is not just financial for those affected.
“Members of the public can be reassured that any we will investigate any incidents that are reported to us and we will robustly pursue offenders, making sure that they face the consequences of their thoughtless actions.”
Anyone who has concerns about vandalism and anti-social behaviour can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.