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Police warning

About 5.40pm on Monday January 4, in Soroba Road, Oban, a 22-year-old man was  found in possession of a small amount of cannabis. The man was charged and issued with a Recorded Police Warning.

Appeal to public

About 3am on Tuesday January 5, in Shore Street, Oban, a man, 43, allegedly entered an insecure vehicle and rummaged about with intent to steal. The man then allegedly looked in another vehicle and tried door handles with intent to enter and steal from within. Police investigated and on Friday January 8, a flat was searched and the man was arrested. The man was subsequently charged with the above offences and also in relation to two further thefts from vehicles in Oban in December. A report was submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

During this enquiry, some property was recovered which is believed to have been stolen in the Oban area recently so local police are requesting that if anyone has had items stolen recently, particularly from vehicles, they contact Oban Police Station.


About 1.25pm on Tuesday January 5, on the A82, near Bridge of Orchy, a motorist was stopped for allegedly exceeding the speed limit. The driver, a 27-year-old man, was charged and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Vehicle seized

About noon on Wednesday January 6, a car was stopped by police for a routine check, on the A85 at Connel. Checks revealed that there was allegedly no insurance in force for the vehicle and the 39-year-old male driver was charged with the offence and the vehicle was seized. The man was issued with a £300 fixed penalty ticket with six penalty points.

Abusive behaviour allegation

About 10.40am on Friday January 8, at Oban, a woman, 39, was arrested for allegedly behaving in an abusive manner, struggling with officers and assaulting them. The woman was charged, held for court and a report submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Report submitted 

About 9.30am on Friday January 7, at George Street, Oban, a man, 50, allegedly stole an unattended bag. Police subsequently traced and charged the man and a report was submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Recorded warning

About 3.45am on Saturday January 9, in George Street, Oban, a 19-year-old man was allegedly found in possession of a small amount of cannabis. The man was charged and issued with a Recorded Police Warning.

Anti-social driving

About 1am on Monday January 4, on Beech Avenue, Bowmore, a vehicle was allegedly driven in an anti-social manner with excessive exhaust noise and skidding on ice. Subsequently, the 19-year-old male driver was issued with an Anti-Social Behaviour warning, which is valid for 12 months and if the driver or the vehicle is involved in a similar driving incident again within that period, the vehicle will be seized by police.

Islay officers are aware that anti-social driving is a local concern to residents. The public are asked to report any such incidents via 101 or to local police, giving details of the vehicle registration and date/time of incident, along with brief circumstances.

If any member of the public has information in relation to the above, or to any incident, they can contact their local Police Station on telephone number 101, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.