Pubwatch scheme “more effective”

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Members of the City of Brechin and District Community Council received a policing update at their meeting on November 4.

PC Billy Rattray, who is the community officer for Brechin, began his report with a Pubwatch update.

Every licensed premises in the town is now part of Pubwatch scheme, which PC Rattray said made it “more effective”.

He added: “It’s quite a step forward now that everyone knows that if they get banned, they have nowhere to drink in the town.”

During his police report, PC Rattray also addressed the new limit for the drink drive alcohol limit. The blood alcohol limit will be reduced from 80mg in every 100 ml of blood, to 50 mg in every 100 ml of blood, with change coming in to force on December 5.

He said it was a welcome introduction, adding: “If you’re got to be driving - don’t drink.”

Police Scotland’s Tayside Division has also launched Operation After Dark, an initiative that provides residents with advice and guidance on home security measures and keeps attention focused on deterring housebreaking.

The operation will see local officers will be out speaking to residents in local communities, providing a reassuring presence and supplying helpful security information and advice.