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Police test pub-goers in Aberdeen for drugs

A scanner used to detect drugs on people's hands was used on more than 200 Aberdeen pub-goers at the weekend.

Grampian Police said while no drugs were found, several people tested positive and were subsequently searched by officers.

The drugs "itemiser" was used at pubs in the Sheddocksley, Northfield and Bridge of Don areas.

It is part of Operation Maple, the force's crackdown on drugs, violence and anti-social behaviour.

The machine can detect a range of illegal substances including cocaine, cannabis, heroin and ecstasy.

Insp Moray Watt earlier commended the owners of the pubs taking part in the operation.

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