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ISSUE 17 January 2006

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Youth Disorder - a Christmas Challenge Won

Tackling youth disorder in Edinburgh remains one of my top priorities. Several specially trained and funded police Youth Action Teams are now in operation across the city. Traditional street patrolling remains important for these teams, however some have already shown a willingness to try wholly new methods of working. A Christmas initiative in Moredun provides a good example. Officers and library staff here sourced Play Station games from a local business and engaged youths in the area in a ‘Christmas Challenge’. This consisted of officers playing computer games against local youths for a few hours, one evening a week. A good rapport was built up, but more importantly the total number of youth calls in what was previously a ‘hotspot’ area plummeted. For the 29 days prior to the challenge the number of calls there stood at 92. During the 29 days of the challenge, calls fell to just 53. ‘Hard’ policing will always have a role in Edinburgh, however evidence like this illustrates the value of complementary new ideas and approaches too. I firmly believe in both.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.

Hot Topic

Joining Forces to Fight Fire

Injury and damage caused by fire concerns all the emergency services. Since April 2004, Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service have been running a funded fire prevention initiative. It allows for any house in Edinburgh and elsewhere in the Lothian and Borders area to have a home safety check and, if necessary, have a battery operated smoke alarm installed free of charge. These checks are carried out by local Fire fighters and can be arranged by either:
  • contacting any one of the 36 local fire stations in this area; or
  • calling the free phone number 0800 169 0320
The scheme is Scottish Executive and Council funded and to date a total of 11,500 smoke alarms have been installed throughout the Force area. The idea has proved a great success and service quality checks carried out by the Fire Service have found that 95% of people who received a home visit felt safer afterwards.

For our part, the Division has organised joint initiatives with the Fire Service. These have seen Fire fighters and local police officers calling at houses together, and offering advice on all aspects of fire safety and home security. These visits have also been very well received.

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
There were three Domestic Housebreakings during December, one in Dalry Road, one in Duff Street and one in Downfield Place. An attempt was also made to a house in Ardmillan Terrace. A male not local has been traced and is to be reported for these crimes and others across the city.
There were eight Business housebreakings in the Shandwick Place/Lothian Road Area and enquiries to trace culprits are ongoing with specific lines of enquiry being followed and CCTV footage hopefully will identify culprits.
There were 30 youth calls during December, more than a third being to Fountainpark this is being addressed by Operation Azimuth (Youth Disorder).

Constable Bryce’s Community Police surgeries will be held between 1300 and 1400 hrs on the first Wednesday and 1800 and 1900 hrs on the first Thursday of each month at The Gorgie Dalry Partnership Office, 258 Dalry Road, Edinburgh. These new days will commence in February.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
There was one domestic housebreaking: A flat in Yeaman Place was entered by pressure on the door. A local man has been charged. A garage premises in Lochrin Place was entered, however nothing was apparently stolen. There were no break-ins to motor vehicles, or any vehicles stolen.
Ten vehicles in the Lochrin area had their rear registration plates stolen.
It is not yet known if it a student prank or something more criminal.
Two pedal cycles were stolen from Westhall Gardens and Watson Crescent. Both had been left secured.
There were 20 youth calls during December. Six were in the Dundee Street area with the others spread across the rest of the beat.

Constable Goodall’s next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 8th February 2006, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
There were 2 business housebreakings last month, 1 at the Orchid Restaurant and 1 at Buccleuch Place, there was also an attempt to a business premises at Candlemaker Row. There were also 3 domestic housebreakings, they occurred at Valleyfield Street, Buccleuch Place and Websters Land and 3 attempts at Buccleuch Place and Glen Street. 2 motor vehicles were stolen from Keir Street and Lonsdale Terrace with an attempt on a third motor vehicle from Lonsdale Terrace.
Youth calls have dropped in December, with the help of Operation Arpeggio
Vandalism and Graffiti in and around Valleyfield Street is currently under investigation. Local off licences have been visited in regards to underage drinking, all premises have been reminded of the laws regarding the sale of alcohol.
Police patrols are monitoring the problem of traffic not obeying the no-entry sign from Valleyfield Street into Leven Terrace. Traffic management and the council have been contacted regarding the problem. Three motorists have been charged with driving the wrong way.

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Community Beat Officers (CBO’s)

The three Community Beat Officers for the
Tollcross Sector can be contacted on
0131 221 2008 or by e-mail as follows

Beat 30 – Dalry – PC Ian Bryce

Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
PC John Goodall

Beat 32 – Tollcross – PC Clare Smith
  Operation AZIMUTH Commenced last month. This involves high profile resources, including the City’s high tech CCTV van, and has support from the neighbourhood response team, part of the city councils Anti Social Behaviour division. It will run on Friday and Saturday nights until the end of February and focus on areas where large groups of young people congregate, notably Harrison Park. The operation is flexible and is dealing with any displacement of youths from the problem areas and has in fact not only addressed the problems in Harrison Park but has targeted Fountainpark, Stenhouse Cross, Roseburn, Bruntsfield and the Meadows. Your local community beat officers are all taking part in this operation and supporting its aims.


Inspector Harry Fraser retires this Month although his official date is in March his final day is in January. Inspector Fraser has completed over 33 years police service and has been at the West End for a number of years being committed to local issues involving the community at large. It is not yet known who Harry’s replacement will be but it will be a hard act to follow.