Lothian & Borders Police
Community and Neighbourhood Watch News
ISSUE 19 March 2006
'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'
Last Orders for Rowdy Premises
The link between excessive alcohol consumption and crime has been well documented. Edinburgh has approximately 2000 licensed premises. Most are trouble-free and well run. Unfortunately a small minority are not. Some may breach licensing rules, for example with underage sales. Others simply try and bend the rules, perhaps staying open after their permitted hours. All too often the effects of this behaviour are felt not in the premises themselves, but in the streets outside. It was against this backdrop that we launched our ‘Alcohol Disorder Unit’ in late 2005. This innovative team of 6 officers focuses exclusively on management and integrity standards within the city centre’s pubs, clubs and off-sales shops. In the last 3 months, the Unit has conducted 1170 visits to such premises, reported 36 incidents of unusual activity to the Forces Licensing Dept, and reported 22 criminal cases to the Procurator Fiscal. They have also worked closely with partner agencies - such as the Council and Fire Service - to ensure that licensed premises are as safe as possible for patrons. I am genuinely excited by this development and I will watch what longer-term impact the Unit makes with interest.
Allan Shanks, Chief Superintendent.
Considering Giving Your Child a Mini Moto?
Mini motos – miniature replicas of motorcycles – are powered by either petrol or electric motors. Whilst these bikes are sold as toys, they can reach speeds of up to 60 mph and accidents involving them have already resulted in serious injury and even death. Mini motos are classified in law as motor vehicles, however they are not road legal for technical reasons. They may be used on private land, but only if the landowner (often the local authority) has given direct permission. They cannot be used on a footpath or cycle routes under any circumstances.
We have several options open to us when mini motos are being used illegally:
Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – DalryDuring February there were 9 Domestic housebreakings all during the day or early evening, two males are being reported for two and enquiries continue into the others. There were 11 Business housebreakings all overnight probably between 0100 and 0400,one male is being reported and further enquiries are continuing, the majority were entered through a front door or window.
There were 5 females in the Dalry Road area who either had property stolen from them or were assaulted and robbed. An article appeared in The Evening News on Saturday 11th March. I’m glad to report that due to proactive action by officers at the West End a male will be reported although at this time I am unable to give any further details.
There were 20 Youth calls a dramatic increase from last month, two particular spots in Brandfield street and Dalry Road have been identified and will be given extra police attention.
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.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – FountainbridgeThere were eight domestic housebreakings: 6 were in the Dundee Street area (3 in Watson Crescent, 2 in Yeaman Place, and 1 in Dundee Street) A flat in Admiral Terrace and a garage in Leamington Lane were also broken into.
Auto crime: There were two vehicles stolen: A red Ford Fiesta from Yeaman Place and a red Kawasaki motorcycle from Bryson Road. Fog lights were stolen from a BMW in Viewforth Square and a Vauxhall Corsa in Murdoch Terrace had wheel nuts removed.
Two pedal cycles were stolen from St Peters Buildings and Watson Crescent. Both had been left secured. There were 7 youth calls during February. 5 were in the Gilmore Place area with the other two in Murdoch Terrace.
Constable Goodall’s next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 12th April, 2006, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent.
Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – TollcrossDuring February 12 motor cars were broken into and items stolen. The majority of cars were parked in and around Lauriston and the Meadows. Please do not leave valuable items in your vehicle but if you must, leave them in the boot out of sight. 2 Motor scooters were also stolen. 1 from Lauriston Gardens and 1 from Brighton Street.
Youth calls increased during February with the majority of incidents at Marchmont and Bruntsfield Links on Friday and Saturday nights. PC Smith met with the CBO for Marchmont and discussed the increase in calls. High visibility patrols will be increased around the areas.
Nine Pedal cycles were stolen over the month, all were secured to railings. Please be vigilant and if you see anyone acting suspiciously around bikes please report them to the police.
There was 1 incident last month when a male was robbed at an ATM after he withdrew money. Be careful when removing funds and always check who is standing nearby, if you do not feel comfortable wait until the person moves or if possible use another ATM and report the incident.
Constable Smith can be contacted at the West End Police Station if you wish to discuss or report an incident.
Stewart Sandilands – Tollcross Sector Inspector.
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