Operation Myriad continued this week in North and South Kintyre, with intense policing activity across a variety of different areas of criminality.
As part of the operation on the 7th March, officers from Campbeltown CID along with the Small Ports Unit, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Marine Scotland Compliance and Revenue and Customs worked at Campbeltown Harbour, carrying out a multi-agency operation.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency carried out 4 vessel inspections which resulted in 1 vessel being detained; 2 vessels had serious deficiencies requiring urgent rectification before the vessels returned to sea and 1 vessel required minor rectifications. Revenue and Customs stopped 25 vehicles for red diesel fuel testing and all were found to be legal.
On the 8th March, the agencies worked together in Tarbert, with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency carrying out 3 vessel inspections. Two of these were found to have serious deficiencies requiring urgent rectification before the vessels returned to sea; and the third required minor rectifications. Revenue and Customs stopped 15 vehicles between Tarbert and Lochgilphead for red diesel fuel testing and all were found to be legal.
Strathclyde Police’s Area Commander for Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands, Chief Inspector Marlene Baillie says that: ‘Operation Myriad has broadened our policing activities and allowed us to work with partners to tackle areas of concern.
‘Looking closely at the Ports at Campbeltown and Tarbert, has allowed us to focus on a range of crimes and offences including drug supply, illegal immigration, organised crime and terrorism.
‘It also gives the relevant agencies an opportunity to check the safety of the fishing vessels used to employ local people in our Communities and again contributes to our overall aim of keeping people safe.’