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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 23 July 2006

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Introduction of New Drinking Bye-Law in the City of Edinburgh

Following recent consultation it has recently been agreed by the Scottish Executive that a bye-law will be introduced in Edinburgh prohibiting drinking in public places. This additional power is welcomed by the police as an additional tool in dealing with anti-social behaviour caused by drinking.

The bye-law has been developed to allow the café-culture and the relaxed use of open spaces within Edinburgh, such as a glass of wine with a picnic in the Meadows or a drink at a pavement café, to continue.

A Protocol is being developed between the City of Edinburgh Council and Lothian and Borders Police on how and when the new bye-law will be used, targeting areas where drinking in public has caused anti-social behaviour.
Chief Superintendent Allan Shanks, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topic

Holiday time - Steal away for a while

Most housebreakings happen when a flat or house is unoccupied. By following these tips you can make your home more secure whilst you are away.

  • Avoid discussing holiday plans where strangers may hear details of your absence from your home.
  • Cancel any milk or paper deliveries.
  • Make the house look lived in – don't leave curtains closed in the daytime, this will make the house look empty.
  • Use timer switches to turn lights on when it becomes dark.
  • Tidy the garden
  • Ask relatives or trusted neighbours to visit the house, ask them to collect the mail, mow the lawn, open and close curtains.
  • Let them know how long you will be away, and if you can, give them details where they can contact you in an emergency.
  • Consider leaving important documents and valuable items with relatives, or fit a safe, securely fixed to the fabric of the building.
  • If you are not taking your car with you do the same with the car keys.
Finally, make sure that you have locked all the outside doors and windows, if you have an intruder alarm; make sure it is set.
You can find more detailed crime prevention advice at

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
Domestic Housebreakings increased during June there being 8 predominantly in the Caledonian Crescent and Gardner's Crescent area, a positive line of enquiry is being followed. One has been solved and this same male is the suspect for the others.
Please call if you see anything suspicious Business Housebreakings numbered 3 during June, 1 in Dalry for which a male has been reported with this and a number of others in our area. 2 others in Ardmillan entered by the front.
Autocrime showed an increase with four cars being broken into, 2 in Dalry, 1 in Northcote Street and 1 in Brandfield Street. An attempt was made to steal a car in Brandfield Street and 1 was stolen from Northcote street. These crimes appear to be connected to Youth Calls which also increased during June to 36 predominately to Brandfield Street and Duff Street. These areas will be given extra attention and the Youth Action Team will also assist.

Constables Bryce's Community Police Surgeries will be held between 1300 & 1400 hrs on 1st Wednesday and 1800 & 1900 hrs on 1st Thursday of each month at Gorgie Dalry Partnership office.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
There were 2 Domestic Housebreakings in June. Ground floor flats in Murdoch Terrace and Watson Crescent were broken into. A computer, camera, TV, mobile phone and cash were amongst the items stolen. A male has been charged with the latter break-in.
There were two Business housebreakings in Home Street and at the Bruntsfield Hotel. A local male has been charged with the hotel break-in.
Autocrime: Two vehicles were broken into in Lochrin Place and Yeaman Place. No vehicles were stolen in June.
Two pedal cycles were stolen in June from Lower Gilmore Bank and Viewforth Square.
Youth calls reduced dramatically. There were only 9 during June spread evenly across the beat.

Constable Goodall's next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 6th September, 2006, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
There were 4 Domestic Housebreakings in June, 1 at Ramsay Garden for which a male has been charged and also at Lauriston Terrace, Warrender Park and Kings Stable Road There was also 5 Business Housebreakings. They were at Cowgatehead, Teviot Place, Grindlay St, and 2 at Brougham Place. There were 45 thefts reported from pubs/restaurants/parks. Again many people are leaving items unattended giving thieves a great opportunity. There were 2 pickpocket incidents reported which occurred in the Grassmarket. Please be careful to what you carry in your pockets and be alert to who is hanging about behind you. There were 3 racial incidents recorded in June. A male has been charged for 1 of them.
Pedal cycles are still being stolen. 5 were taken in June. All apart from 1 of them were secured. There were also 21 youth calls recorded for June.
Constable Smith can be contacted at the West End Police Station if you wish to discuss any issues with her.

Gavin Phillip – Tollcross Sector Inspector.

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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

Officer in Charge of Tollcross Sector
Inspector Gavin Phillip
  From the 6th June 2006 the Youth Action Team has been based at the West End Police Station and will cover the Central LPA.
The purpose of the Youth Action Team is to work in partnership with local service providers, to create a more harmonious environment that young people can develop and feel safe, without eroding the quality of life for the wider community. To achieve this some of the following will be included in their remit: -
  • Patrol in a high visible manner to provide public reassurance.
  • Build positive relationships with Local Authority, Young Persons Centres and all schools.
  • Develop expertise in dealing with youth related matters.
Already the team have successfully apprehended the culprits who spray painted the play area in Roseburn park on Saturday 10th June. The youths concerned have been charged and plans are being made whereby these youths will participate in the removing of the paint from the play park. Attention has also been given to youth hot-spots in the Dalry and Tollcross areas.

In addition to this a number of local youths have been served Acceptable Behavior Contracts, this has involved a significant amount of work by both the police and council officials. These contracts are all part of the Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation which has recently been introduced.