Police across Aberdeenshire and Moray have praised the low levels of violent incidents reported in weeks leading up to Christmas.
Officers stepped up their patrols in towns including Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Inverurie, Stonehaven, Huntly, Ellon, Buckie, Elgin and Forres as part of the Safer Streets campaign, designed to ensure those enjoying a festive night out stay safe.
The teams, which were assisted by 13 special constables, also visited several pubs and bars last weekend along with colleagues from the licensing standards department of Aberdeenshire Council.
Inspector Rob Sturton, from the alcohol and violence reduction unit, said: “The majority of party goers enjoyed themselves safely and responsibly throughout the weekend, and we are encouraging people to continue to be aware of safety and security advice over the Christmas and New Year period.
“Licensed premises are expected to remain busy over the coming days and our partnership working approach continues to ensure that Aberdeenshire and Moray is a safe place to enjoy the festive season.
“It is encouraging that there were no serious assaults reported over the last weekend and we will have high-visibility patrols out throughout the festive period to deter and detect those involved in violence.”