Monday 21st January
A body has been found at Balmedie beach during the search for a missing 25 year old man. The remains were discovered yesterday evening, a fortnight after the disappearance of Alistair Done from Cheshire. Formal identification has yet to take place but relatives of Mr Done have been informed.
There is concern for the safety of a 15 year old boy, missing from Fraserburgh. Joshua Coombes was last seen in the Saltoun Place area on Thursday night. Joshua is described as being around 5 feet 5 in height, with light mousey brown hair of slim build. Family and friends have made a plea for information on social media.
A 35 year old man has been arrested in connection with a suspected ram-raid incident at an ATM in Keith. A digger was driven into the front of the convenience store in the early hours of Saturday. Due to the debris, the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road was closed for several hours following the raid.
Police are targeting uninsured drivers in a crackdown to remove them from the roads. It is estimated there are 40,000 motorists without insurance in Scotland. Any person caught is likely to have their vehicle seized, get six points on their license and a £300 fine. Officers are running the campaign in partnership with the Motor Insurers' Bureau, which operates a Helpline to help police with enforcement legislation.
Today is widely touted as the most difficult day of the year – but now ScotRail is teaming up with Samaritans to help save lives. ‘Brew Monday’ will see volunteers from Samaritans handing out teabags and chatting with customers at train stations including Aberdeen. The charity says that first conversation can make a massive difference if someone is struggling during the January slump.