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Lothian & Borders Police

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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 26 October 2006


'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Safer Scotland Update

Police officers working across the City centre have confiscated 173 litres of alcohol from young people during a month long initiative. Activities focused on the acquisition and misuse of alcohol by young people and the associated violence and antisocial behaviour that adversely impacts on our communities.

The initiative included the monitoring of public transport networks, the use of metal detectors to locate knives or offensive weapons and 168 visits to off sales premises. Innovative 'Alco-dip' test kits also allowed police officers to test liquids in soft drink containers for the presence of alcohol.

The initiative is part of the ongoing Safer Scotland Anti Violence Campaign.
Chief Superintendent Allan Shanks, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topic

Antisocial Behaviour – Bonfires & Fireworks

If you choose to have fireworks at home, rather than attend an organised event
  • Tell neighbours, particularly if they are elderly or have children or pets
  • Ensure pets and other animals are safely away from fireworks
  • Consider Friday or Saturday as preferable nights for firework celebrations
  • Avoid letting off fireworks in unsuitable weather, particularly if the conditions are still and misty or air quality is poor
  • Let off your fireworks in an open garden space, as noise bounces off buildings and smoke and pollution can build up in enclosed areas
  • If a neighbour complains that you are disturbing them or their pets – be considerate
  • After your display, clear up firework fallout and dispose of it safely
In addition, remember the Fireworks Regulations 2004 creates offences for
  • anyone under 18 years to possess fireworks in public
  • the use of fireworks at night between 11pm and 7am*
*Between midnight and 7am on the 5th November, Chinese New Year, Diwali and New Year's Eve

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
There were eight Domestic Housebreakings during September, four were in Upper Grove Place and it is believed that local youths were responsible. A male has been reported for one in Ardmillan.
There were nine Business Housebreakings predominately in Dalry Road, one male has been reported for seven of these crimes and three males have been reported for one other.
Motor Crime again showed an increase with six cars having property stolen from them, four in the Ardmillan/Murieston area. An attempt was made to steal a car in Grove street and a Moped was stolen from Caledonian Crescent. Lock all property in the boot or better still take it into your home.
Six Pedal Cycles were stolen; again predominately secured in common stairs.
Youth Calls increased to 31 these mainly being self generated calls by police dealing with hot spots.


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 4 Domestic housebreakings in September. 3 rooms within guesthouses in Gilmore Place were broken into. A motor vehicle was stolen using a key removed from one of the rooms.
A local male has been arrested and charged. A flat in Leamington Terrace was also broken into.
A male in his early 20's has been charged with a business housebreaking at an Italian restaurant in Bruntsfield Place. An attempt was made to break into the chip shop in Yeaman Place.
Auto Crime: A Vauxhall Astra stolen from Murdoch Terrace was recovered nearby. An attempt was made to steal a Ford Escort in Dundee Terrace. A sat nav system was stolen from a Ford Transit in Murdoch Terrace. A Nissan Micra in Bryson Road was broken into - nothing was stolen.
Three Pedal cycles were stolen from Fowler Terrace and Murdoch Terrace (2).
There were only 5 youth calls in September. All to the Tollcross / Bruntsfield area.


Constable Goodall's next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 15th November, 2006, at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
There were 2 Domestic Housebreakings in September 1 at the Point Hotel and another at Buccleuch St. The door at Buccleuch was forced using bodily pressure. There were 2 Business Housebreakings, 1 at Cappdoccia and 1 at the Central Library. Both premises were entered by forcing the doors. 3 Pedal cycles were also stolen. 1 from Bristo Sq, 1 from Bread St and 1 from Lady Lawson St. All had been secured by padlocks. There were also 11 thefts reported from pubs/ clubs 1 male has been charged with one of the thefts, the usual items stolen, ranging from bags to phones. There were 29 thefts from other areas, the majority being bags being left unattended. 52 minor assaults were reported in September14 of which were solved. There was 1 serious assault. There were 5 Assault and Robbery's that occurred last month, 4 of them have been solved and 6 males have been reported to the procurator fiscal. 2 Motor Vehicles were stolen, 1 from Drumdryan St, which was recovered and a Black Saab from Valleyfield St. 13 Motor Vehicles were damaged in and around the centre of town, all damage occurred whilst the vehicles were parked up and secure and most of it occurred during the night.

Constable Smith can be contacted at the West End Police station if you have any problems or issues to discuss.
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
ian.bryce@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
PC John Goodall
john.goodall@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Beat 32 – Tollcross – PC Clare Smith
clare.smith@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Officer in Charge of Tollcross Sector
Inspector Gavin Phillip
gavin.phillip@lbp.pnn.police.uk
  A new phone has been installed outside the West End Police station for members of the public to contact the police between the hours of 11pm and 7am.

The station is still manned 24hours and a police officer will deal with you at the station.

This should not cause any member of the public calling at the station any inconvenience.