November 2006

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					             PC John Dale SGT Garry Muir PC Allan Hoggan
                 Eastern Division Community Team


November 2006
Superintendent Bill Lawrie.

It has been a very busy time for the Force recently with three murders and other serious crime in the past
month or so. The Northern Ireland Political Process was held at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews last month,
the ex president of Iran Mohammed Khatami visited St Andrews University last week and the Dunhill Cup, all
events resulted in extra resources being used in Eastern Division. Additionally the tragedy of the Meridian
fishing boat being lost in the North Sea thrust the East Neuk into the national media once again.

The serious crime and high profile visits don't detract from the fact that 'routine' police work still has to be done
and we are always looking at ways of maximising the resources that we have. Anti-social behaviour continues
to be a problem throughout the area quite often fuelled by alcohol and resulting in mindless vandalism.

Our Community and Beat Officers have seized 108 Litres of cider, 54 litres of fortified wine, 125 cans of lager,
19 bottles of vodka and 87 bottles of alcopop from youths in our division over the last two months. Overall
twenty-two people have been charged in connection with selling alcohol to underage children as part of test
purchase operations - operation 'Alcopop'.

I think many of us had hoped that the test purchase would reduce the flow of drink to youngsters. The amount
of alcohol seized recently does concern me, not only from a police/anti-social behaviour perspective but also as
a health/vulnerability issue for those youngsters involved. Our community officers have been targeting problem
areas and have made some impact, however most of our success has been when children have been taken
home to their parents or guardian. This seems to have more of a long-term effect, than the police dealing with
the incident alone. Hopefully this engenders some parental (and individual) responsibility.

We intend to intensify our action in this area over the coming weeks and in combination with our 'Safer
Scotland' activity will see significant numbers of police officers active around Eastern Division. We'll update
you in coming newsletters with results.

Chief Inspector Derek Finnie has moved onto a new post at Police Headquarters after four years in Eastern
and we wish him well in his job in Criminal Justice Department. John Pow is coming from Central Division to
take over from Derek and many of you will remember John from his previous time at St. Andrews.

I apologise for the newsletter not being published in October but other commitments meant that it was the
middle of the month before we could go to 'press' and by that time it seemed sensible to defer it.
Sgt Garry Muir

Operation Guardian
As you can see by the photograph above the Community Team and the beat officers have been successful
seizing alcohol from youths. The Superintendent has highlighted the amount of alcohol we have seized and
that the majority of our successes have been through taking children home to their parents or guardians. I
have mentioned in previous newsletters we all need to work together to resolve this problem.

As a result of our successes in Operations Temperance and Harbour where youths were targeted, I will be
launching Operation Guardian in the near future. This will concentrate on returning responsibility to parents
and guardians. Any youth underage found in possession or under the influence of alcohol will be taken home
or have their parent or guardian pick them up from the police station. This can be time consuming for the police
officers when they are going from call to call, however I believe there are real benefits, long term from this
tactic. We cannot expect the police to be the sole agency dealing with this problem, therefore social work and
youth workers will be involved in forthcoming operations.

My team and I are totally dedicated to tackling anti-social behaviour and will utilize every available means to
combat this problem.

School Liaison Officer

This month I have carried out a number of visits to P6 and P7 pupils at various primary schools throughout
Eastern Division on the subject of Internet safety. I have also been called in to secondary schools to assist with
the problem of bullying and threatening behaviour that has occurred online.

It is important that parents and young people understand the possible dangers online and how they can keep
safe. Parents don't have to be an expert on computers to help keep their child safe, a common sense
approach and talking to your child about what they do online is helpful.

Most of the issues that I have recently been dealing with have arisen due to young people not keeping their
password secure or actually letting their friends know what it is. It is vital that passwords are never disclosed
(unless it is to parents) and never written down or even stored in a mobile phone.

The best way to learn more about Internet safety is through the Internet itself - if you visit
www.thinkuknow.co.uk parents and young people can both be better informed about Internet safety.

Road Safety

In Car Safety Day at Cupar Police Station resulted in a good day’s work. 100 cars were stopped and given
information about seatbelt wearing and 23 child seats were checked by Road Safety Unit personnel who were
in attendance. In the main the seats were correctly fitted with a couple requiring adjustments to ensure the
safety of the child.

In other road safety terms Nicola Young, Road Safety Organiser in the East area is working within a number of
the schools both primary and secondary and putting the road safety message over. A big change in the way
road safety education is being delivered is that the Unit now speaks to more secondary pupils than before and
it is hoped that by taking this approach the casualty figures will show an improvement in the 12-15 year old age
group.

PC Goldie
St Andrews University
As usual the Town remains busy with students and we are about half way through the first semester. The
University, Students Association and the Police continue to work closely together to tackle any incidents of anti-
social behaviour including noisy parties. The Fife Council Noise Nuisance Team have been attending calls in
the St Andrews area and details are passed on to the Police so that repeat offenders can be identified and
positive action taken when necessary.

Raisin Weekend is due to take place on the 19th and 20th November and strategies have been put into place
to both educate students on unacceptable behaviour and the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption. The
University and the Police will be taking a firm approach towards all participants and any person caught
committing an offence will face being reported to The Procurator Fiscal and disciplined by the University. It is
hoped by all, that the event will be enjoyed by those participating and spectating with the minimum of
disturbance to the wider community.
St Andrews
A recent concern has been raised by residents in the area surrounding Madras School, South Street, St
Andrews regarding the conduct of school pupils during the lunchtime break. A small number of pupils are in the
habit of congregating in the closes and alleyways off South Street, consuming there sandwiches, soft drinks
and sweets, discarding the wrappers and empty bottles where they stand. An incident came to light recently
where a resident was verbally abused when challenging the children conduct. It is requested that residents
who have experienced similar problems, contact the local Community Police Officer. Community Officers will
be working along side environmental protection officers carrying out litter patrols.

Following the success of 2005 this years switch on of the Christmas Lights in St Andrews is to take place on
the afternoon of Saturday 25th November 2006. Residents and visitors can look forward to a range of
entertainment taking place with fairground rides situated in Market Street and South Street near to the
Westport. There will be a number of street entertainers, a brass band and a pipe band and Santa is expected
to make an appearance. Full details of the event will be published in the Local Press.

The Community Team are continuing to visit Licensed Premises as part of the Alcopop campaign to target the
sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 18 years and any youths found drinking alcohol in the street will be
taken home to their parents and reported accordingly.

PC Mark Anderson
Community Safety officer

Operation Night Light
This month saw our clocks turning back an hour and with that the onset of the darker evenings. As with each
year we are keen to offer advice about making homes less attractive to thieves. At this time of year it may
become easier for the opportunist thief, or indeed the more determined thief, to identify properties which are
vacant simply by determining if there is a light on or not.

If you were to look at a row of houses one evening and saw that all but one had lights on, which house do you
think would attract an unwelcome visitor. Take that a step further. Could this be your house that is in
darkness? It is all too easy to forget as we leave for work in daylight that our homes will have been in darkness
for two, three or maybe more hours before we return home, and as I have highlighted in the past, not all break-
ins take place late at night. As such I would urge you to invest in light timers, which are a relatively cheap
commodity, but are very effective in making your home appear occupied. The last two weeks have seen two
houses broken into during the evening and this is a trend we are very keen to avoid. If you would like more
advice about keeping your homes safe please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cupar

 Christmas Lights Switch On in Cupar will take place at 5pm on Saturday 2nd December 2006. As in previous
years the Crossgate area will be closed off from 1pm to 7pm for stalls, children's rides, stage and a band. The
small area of the Bonnygate car park will have a fun fair / adult rides and 2 Deer from the Scottish Deer Centre
and Birds Of Prey will be on view within the grounds of StJohns Church.

Update on Street Football, Springfield - Following trials of the Street Football within the Tarvit Terrace, play
park area of the village, it is hoped to have this set up on a regular basis, every Monday evening, at the side of
the Village Hall. The Street football has been well received by the kids and will no doubt be well supported by
them once it is available regularly.

Operation Lifeline
Although the community team are being very pro-active in tackling anti-social behaviour we are aware of the
value in trying to divert youngsters away from crime. This strategy has a more long-term effect in behaviour
patterns. PC Hoggan has once again attended at Barry Buddon Army Camp taking 4 local youths on Operation
Lifeline. In total there were 11 youths from Fife who attended the course all of whom are known to the Police
for various reasons. The course is run by Fife Constabulary and the Army Youth Team and gives the youths a
taste of army life. During the week long course the youths are given the chance to go hill walking, try the army
assault course, and are taught field craft. After the week, 6 out of the 11 have shown an interest in joining the
army and are in contact with the Army Recruiting Office.

Howe of Fife
A series of mindless thefts and vandalisms were recently cleared up within the Section. A number of premises
were targeted in the Falkland and Freuchie areas where house signs and advertising boards were stolen, as
were traffic signs and direction boards. Whilst each of these thefts could easily have been a prank there could
have been serious consequences, especially when advanced warning signs for road works were tampered
with. Thankfully, all of the signs / notices were recovered.
Extension of 40mph limit
Due to the number of serious road crashes on the A92 outside Freuchie, the 40mph speed restriction zone has
been increased. The new speed limit came into force on Monday 6th November 2006 and takes into the area
the petrol station. Fife Council and Bear Scotland, who have responsibility for maintaining the highway at that
point, are currently looking at further measures that may be introduced to reduce the number of crashes at that
location. It is thought that one of the proposals may be to introduce a central refuge for cars waiting to turn into
the garage. Until all the proposals have been considered, it is hoped that the increasing of the 40mph zone will
be of benefit.

Speeding motorists continue to be targeted within the Section with high visibility static points being carried out
in an effort to detect speeding motorists and as a visible deterrent. A motorist in Ladybank was recently issued
with a fixed penalty ticket for needlessly sounding the horn fitted to their vehicle during the hours of darkness.

Dark nights
Unlike me, some householders are preparing for Christmas and have started buying in Christmas presents.
With the dark nights coming in, this increases the number of opportunities for thieves to go about their
business, as a house in darkness tends to indicate that there is no person at home. Householders should
consider buying timed switches that automatically bring on a light within the house, not only does it make it
more welcoming for a person returning home, but also indicates to any would be thief that there is the
possibility that there is someone within the house.

Do not be afraid to report any strangers seen hanging about in the street, as the Police are only too happy to
check these sort of calls out.

Motoring Safety

Whilst there have only been a couple of mornings recently when motorists have had to scrape the ice from the
car windscreen, it will soon become part of the daily ritual. Please take time to fully clean the screen as often
we see motorists peering out of a small area of the screen to look where they are going. The whole screen
must be clear before you set off on your journey.

Taycoast

I am pleased to report that in recent weeks the number of nuisance calls and calls relating to youth disorder to
Shanwell Road area of Tayport has decreased. The problems usually occurred late evening as a result of the
youths having consumed alcohol. As a result foot patrols along with an increase of mobile patrols were carried
out in the area. Officers have subsequently recovered a large amount of alcohol and persons under the age of
16 found in possession of alcohol have been taken home to their parents.

Youth workers have also been involved. They have been out and about in the Tayport area speaking with the
local youths and informing them of what is available for them in the area. The team of workers are keen to help
and get the kids off of the street and involved in various activities. We will continue to target areas of concern
in Taycoast Section and deal appropriately with individuals who come to our attention.

East Neuk

East Neuk Neighbourhood Watch Association
The Association recently held its A.G.M. at which a new Chairperson was appointed - Peter Salkeld of Crail
Neighbourhood Watch. During the last year, the Association has almost doubled the number of member
schemes. Interest was also shown by several residents of Colinsburgh, with the intention of setting up a
Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the village. A further meeting will be held with Colinsburgh residents to
progress this new scheme

Anstruther Youth Strategy Group Meeting
Fife Police have been aware of a problem for sometime regarding young persons gathering at Anstruther
Harbour, particularly on a Friday evening, resulting in some criminal damage and other acts of disorder. In
addition, the size of the crowd makes vulnerable members of the community fearful to be in the area.

In view of this a meeting was held with representatives of, Fife Police, Local Services Network, Community
Services, Education Services, Community Council, After School Club, Drugs and Alcohol Project Levenmouth
and Local Councillor, to tackle the problem in a constructive manner. It was agreed that the aims of the group
would be:-
- to reduce the fear of crime
- to reduce underage drinking
- to improve activities and facilities for use by (not solely) young people
- reduce the number of complaints by residents relating to youth disorder

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th January 2007

East Neuk Locality Community Safety Panel
The A.G.M. of the Association was due to be held on Wednesday 22nd November 2006. Due to unforeseen
circumstances, this meeting will now be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6th December 2006 at the Craws Nest
Hotel, Anstruther. New members will be made most welcome.

St Monans
There appears to be an increase in the number of calls relating to youth disorder in St Monans, especially in the
areas of the Primary School and the Bowling Club. To combat these incidents, the Fife Police Mobile CCTV
unit has been deployed in St Monans on two occasions recently. Officers will continue to give this area
attention when out on patrol.
Eastern Division Crime Figures

29/9/06 -30/10/06
                         Dom HB               Vandalism              Theft             BoP              Assault           Total
                      Rep       Det         Rep    Det            Rep      Det      Rep       Det     Rep     Det     Rep           Det
Anstruther           0 (1)     0 (0)     10 (7) 1 (2)           4 (3)     1 (1)   4 (3)     5 (1) 8 (0) 11 (2) 26 (14)         18     (6)
Cellardyke           0 (0)     0 (0)     0    (3) 1 (0)         1 (2)     0 (0)   1 (1)     1 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 2          (6)    2     (1)
Crail                0 (0)     0 (0)      3   (1) 0 (1)         0 (1)     0 (1)   0 (0)     1 (0) 3 (1) 4 (1) 6          (3)    5     (3)
St Monans            0 (0)     0 (0)      2   (7) 0 (1)         1 (1)     0 (0)   2 (1)     2 (1) 2 (1) 2 (1) 7 (10)            4     (3)
Elie                 1 (0)     0 (0)      0   (1) 0 (0)         4 (1)     0 (0)   0 (0)     0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 5          (2)   0      (0)
Largo                0 (0)     0 (0)      0   (0) 0 (0)         0 (0)     0 (0)   0 (0)     0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0          (0)    0     (0)
Lundin Links         0 (0)     0 (1)     0    (1) 0 (0)         1 (0)     0 (0)   0 (0)     0 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1          (1)   0      (2)
Upper Largo          0 (0)     0 (0)      0   (0) 0 (0)         0 (0)     0 (0)   1 (0)     1 (0) 1 (0) 1 (0) 2          (0)    2     (0)
Lower Largo          1 (0)     0 (0)      1   (0) 0 (0)         1 (0)     0 (0)   0 (0)     0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 3          (0)    0     (0)
Colinsburgh          0 (0)     0 (0)      0   (0) 0 (0)         2 (1)     1 (0)   0 (0)     0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 2          (1)    1     (0)
Pittenweem           0 (1)     0 (0)     2    (0) 2 (1)         0 (2)     0 (0)   2 (1)     2 (2) 1 (3) 1 (4) 5          (7)    5     (7)
St Andrews           5 (6)     0 (5)     46 (18) 10 (4)         31 (32)   6 (1)   12 (10)   11 (13) 16 (18) 15 (18) 110 (84)   42    (41)
Leuchars             0 (0)     0 (0)     3    (3) 2 (0)         1 (5)     0 (1)   1 (0)     1 (1) 5 (0) 4 (2) 10 (8)           7      (4)
Strathkinness        0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (0) 0      (0)   0 (0) 0 (0)       2 (0) 2 (0)       0 (1) 0 (1) 2        (1)    2     (1)
Guardbridge          0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (3) 0      (1)   1 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 1        (3)   0      (1)
Kingsbarns           0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (1) 0      (0)   0 (1) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 0        (2)    0     (0)
Largoward            0   (0)   0   (0)   1     (0) 0      (0)   0 (1) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 1        (1)   0      (0)
Cupar                1   (0)   0   (0)   20   (28) 10     (4)   22 (11) 12 (4)    12 (18) 15 (16)   9 (15) 16 (11) 64   (72)   53    (35)
Cuparmuir            0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (0) 0      (0)   0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 0        (0)   0      (0)
Dairsie              0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (0) 0      (0)   1 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 1        (0)   0      (0)
Ceres                0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (1) 0      (0)   0 (1) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 0        (2)    0     (0)
Craigrothie          0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (0) 0      (0)   0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 0        (0)    0     (0)
Letham               0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (0) 0      (0)   0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 0        (0)   0      (0)
Springfield          0   (0)   0   (0)   5     (1) 2      (0)   1 (0) 1 (0)       1 (5) 1 (3)       2 (0) 2 (0) 9        (6)    6     (3)
Pitlessie            0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (0) 0      (0)   1 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (2)       0 (1) 0 (1) 1        (1)    0     (3)
Pitscottie           0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (0) 0      (0)   0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 0        (0)    0     (0)
Auchtermuchty        0   (0)   0   (0)   4     (6) 1      (3)   1 (2) 1 (0)       1 (1) 0 (2)       0 (4) 0 (2) 6       (13)    2     (7)
Newburgh             0   (0)   0   (0)   3     (3) 0      (2)   0 (1) 0 (1)       1 (0) 0 (0)       4 (3) 4 (3) 8        (7)    4     (6)
Grange of Lindores   0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (0) 0      (0)   0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 0        (0)    0     (0)
Ladybank             0   (0)   0   (0)   6     (0) 2      (0)   4 (0) 0 (2)       2 (1) 1 (0)       3 (0) 1 (1) 15       (1)    4     (3)
Falkland             0   (0)   0   (0)   6     (1) 0      (0)   5 (1) 5 (0)       3 (1) 3 (1)       2 (1) 2 (1) 16       (4)   10     (2)
Newton of Falkland   0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (0) 0      (0)   1 (0) 1 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 1        (0)   1      (0)
Kingskettle          0   (0)   0   (0)   1     (0) 0      (0)   0 (0) 0 (0)       1 (0) 1 (0)       2 (4) 1 (3) 4        (4)    2     (3)
Kettlebridge         0   (0)   0   (0)   1     (2) 0      (0)   0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 1        (2)    0     (0)
Freuchie             0   (1)   0   (0)   1     (2) 1      (0)   3 (0) 2 (0)       0 (1) 0 (1)       0 (4) 0 (4) 4        (8)    3     (5)
Strathmiglo          0   (0)   0   (0)   2     (2) 1      (0)   0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (1) 1 (0)       0 (0) 1 (0) 2        (3)    3     (0)
Gateside             0   (0)   0   (0)   1     (0) 0      (0)   0 (0) 1 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 1        (0)    1     (0)
Dunshalt             0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (0) 0      (0)   0 (1) 0 (1)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 0        (1)    0     (1)
Newport              1   (0)   0   (0)   2     (3) 0      (1)   1 (0) 0 (1)       0 (0) 0 (0)       1 (2) 1 (1) 5        (5)    1     (3)
Tayport              0   (0)   0   (0)   7     (4) 0      (0)   0 (3) 0 (2)       7 (6) 7 (4)       5 (3) 4 (1) 19      (16)   11     (7)
Wormit               0   (1)   0   (0)   0     (4) 0      (1)   2 (2) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (1) 0 (1) 2        (8)    0     (2)
Gauldry              0   (0)   0   (0)    0    (0) 0      (0)    0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)      0 (1) 0 (1) 0        (1)    0     (1)
Balmullo             0   (0)   0   (0)   1     (2) 0      (1)   0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       2 (0) 2 (0) 3        (2)    2     (1)
Luthrie              0   (0)   0   (0)   0     (0) 0      (0)   0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0)       0 (0) 0 (0) 0        (0)    0     (0)
Totals               9 (10) 0 (6) 128 (104) 33 (22) 89 (72) 31 (15) 53 (50) 55 (49) 66 (63) 72 (59) 345 (299) 191 (151)


Figures in brackets show the number of crimes/offences recorded during the same period last year.
Contact Details

Name               Policing    Area Email Address / Mobile Phone No.          Phone
                   Covered                                                    Number
Inspector Donald Eastern Division Donald.Jenks@fife.pnn.police.uk             01334
Jenks                               Mobile 07958473859                        418711
Inspector    Andy Eastern Division Andy.Edmonston@fife.pnn.police.uk          01334
Edmonston                           Mobile 07984011535                        418711
Inspector   Bruce Eastern Division Bruce.Thomson@fife.pnn.police.uk           01334
Thomson                             Mobile 07984011534                        418911
Inspector Alastair Eastern Division Alastair.Topen@fife.pnn.police.uk         01334
Topen                                                                         418911
Sgt Garry Muir     Eastern Division Garry.Muir@fife.pnn.police.uk             01334
                                                                              418775
Sgt Roy Giles    East Neuk and Roy.Giles@fife.pnn.police.uk                   01333
                 Largo                                                        592100
PC Alan Nairn    East Neuk and Alan.Nairn@fife.pnn.police.uk                  01333
                 Largo                                                        592100
PC        Angela East Neuk and Angela.McLaren@fife.pnn.police.uk              01333
McLaren          Largo                                                        592100

PC       Stephen St Andrews            Stephen.Hutcheon@fife.pnn.police.uk    01334
Hutcheon                                                                      418973

PC John Dale       Cupar               John.Dale@fife.pnn.police.uk           01334
                                                                              418775
PC Allan Hoggan    Cupar               Allan.Hoggan@fife.pnn.police.uk        01334
                                                                              418775
Sgt         David Howe of Fife         David.L.Dryburgh@fife.pnn.police.uk    01337
Dryburgh                                                                      828222
PC Mike King      Howe of Fife         Mike.King@fife.pnn.police.uk           01337
                                       Mobile No. 07792510775                 828222
Sgt Derek Milne    Tay Coast           Derek.Milne@fife.pnn.police.uk         01382
                                                                              542222
PC     Carolanne Tay Coast             Carolanne.Hazelwood@fife.pnn.police.uk 01382
Hazelwood                                                                     542222

PC Ross Hall       Tay Coast           Ross.Hall@fife.pnn.police.uk           01382
                                                                              542222
PC Ruth Goldie    St       Andrews     Ruth.Goldie@fife.pnn.police.uk         01334
                  University.                                                 418973
PC Shirley Steele Schools Liaison      Shirley.Steele@fife.pnn.police.uk      01334
                  Officer                                                     418775
PC           Mark Community            Mark.Anderson.754@fife.pnn.police.uk   01334
Anderson          Safety Officer                                              418745
Nicola Young      Road        Safety   Nicola.Young@fife.pnn.police.uk        01592
                  Officer                                                     418511

				
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