More than 100 people were charged by police in the north-east during a crackdown on domestic abuse over the festive period.

The campaign aimed to deter suspected abusers through bail and curfew checks and apprehension warrants, at a time when instances of domestic abuse can become more common.

As part of the campaign, a dedicated team of officers carried out extra patrols in communities with a view to encouraging abuse victims to speak out.

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Police figures show that in the Aberdeen area, 51 people were reported over domestic abuse offences, including assault and breach of the peace.

Fifty-five people were apprehended and charged in connection with offences, including breach of bail and threatening and abusive behaviour, in the Aberdeenshire and Moray area.

The crackdown was part of a national campaign which ran from Christmas Eve until January 5. Nationwide figures are expected to be released in the next few days.

On the Aberdeen crackdown, Detective Inspector Darren Bruce said: "The results of this operation demonstrate our commitment to tackling domestic abuse and our commitment to keeping people safe.

"This means that at least 51 victims and their families were helped by us over the festive period, where instances of abuse can become more common.

"I am very grateful to those who have called us concerned for a friend or family member."