Police report fall in road crashes

POLICE statistics show a decrease in the number of road accidents across Galloway, compared to the same period last year.

In a report to Wigotwn Area Committee it was revealed that from the beginning of April to the middle of December there had been no fatalities compared to one last year, seven serious crashes compared to 17, 32 slight injuries compared to 34 and 140 non-injury collisions compared to 156 in 2009/10.

Crime detection figures for the same period showed reported crime in Newton Stewart and the Machars down 17 per cent and detection rates significantly up.

Domestic house breakings are down from 10 to three in Newton Stewart and 17 to eight in Stranraer - a reduction of 70 per cent and 53 per cent respectively.

Police have been running two operations locally - Operation Festive Spirit providing high visibility policing to reduce shoplifting and anti-social behaviour and the speedwatch scheme in rural villages.

Future initiatives include revisiting the B4U Driver schemes, aimed at young drivers. Approximately 20 young people from the Newton Stewart area have already expressed interest in the scheme and are awaiting confirmation of dates.