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ISSUE 30 February 2007

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

The Consumption of Alcohol in Public Places

The City Of Edinburgh Council have invoked powers under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 to create an Edinburgh wide byelaw prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in public places. The City of Edinburgh Council Prohibition of Consumption of Alcohol in Designated Public Places Byelaws 2006 became effective on Monday 8th January 2007.

The Byelaw is unique in Scotland, in that the intention is not to completely ban the consumption of alcohol in public places, but to prohibit consumption where it is associated with antisocial behaviour. In practical terms, anyone now consuming alcohol in a public place and acting in an antisocial manner could be asked to desist by the police. It is an offence to refuse to comply and could result in a fine of up to £500.
Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Crime Prevention - Satellite Navigation Systems

Satellite Navigation Systems are becoming increasingly popular with motorists, but also with local criminals, especially if left on show within parked vehicles. To help tackle the problem please consider the following crime prevention advice when leaving your vehicle unattended for any period of time;
  • Disconnect the system - taking the electronic route finder with you
  • Remove the suction mounted fitting from the windscreen and clean any suction marks, which may indicate the presence of a system
  • Note the serial number of your system and keep the information safe
  • Security mark each part of your system with an ultraviolet marker
  • Register your system free with a tracking agency like
For additional advice, please contact the Lothian & Borders Police Safer Communities Department on telephone 0131 221 2073.

Local News

Tollcross Sector – Beat 30 – Dalry
There were 92 recorded crimes during January and 16 youth calls with a large amount of those being in the Northcote Street area regarding youths drinking and taking drugs. There were three domestic housebreakings during January, one at Gardeners Crescent, one at Cathcart Place and one at Orwell Place where the front door was forced using bodily pressure and property worth nearly £5000 taken. Property was also taken from an insecure dwelling house at Easter Dalry Rigg. Please remember to lock doors when you are at home during the day, not just at night!
There were four business housebreakings, three from the Sheraton Hotel and one from a Kebab shop. A male has been charged with two of the thefts from the Sheraton Hotel. There were also two-attempted business Housebreakings, one at a Jewellers and one at a Kebab Shop.
Autocrime: There was one break in and one attempted break in to vehicles at the rear of the Premier Travel Inn at Morrison Link and a locked pedal cycle was taken from a common stair at Caledonian Place.
A male has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal after an Assault and Robbery at the Shell Service Station where a male was threatened, money demanded and a pair of shoes stolen.
Constable Kettles can be contacted at the West End Police Station should you wish to discuss any local problems or issues.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
There were 70 crimes recorded for January. The one domestic housebreaking occurred at Dundee Terrace where 2 computers were stolen from a ground floor flat after the window had been smashed.
Auto Crime: A blue Citroen Saxo was stolen from Ritchie Place. There were no vehicles broken into this month, however four vehicles were damaged in Tay Street, Home Street, Bruntsfield Place and Lochrin Place. No pedal cycles were reported stolen this month. Assaults were down significantly on last month. Of the 10 reported, 4 were solved. There were 10 youth related calls with the Tollcross/ Bruntsfield area mainly affected. Lava and Ignite: The Crime Reduction Initiative has been in operation for several weeks and early indications show that it has been successful. The expected increase in the number of calls to the police has not materialised with the volume of calls actually reducing. The situation will continue to be monitored during the period of the Initiative.

Constable Goodall’s next Community Police Surgery will be held between 1100 and 1200 hours on Wednesday 28th February, 2007 at the North Merchiston Youth Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.

Tollcross Sector – Beat 32 – Tollcross
A total of 169 crimes were recorded for January. 24 of these were thefts recorded from pubs / clubs, again the majority of items stolen were mobile phones and handbags which have been left unattended. 3 pedal cycles were stolen, all had been secured to railings around the university.
12 motor vehicles were damaged, the majority happening during the hours of darkness. Bonnets were scratched and dented and windscreens were smashed. Most of the motor vehicles were parked in the Grassmarket and Kings Stable Road. There were 3 domestic housebreakings reported. 1 at East Fountainbridge, 1 at Lonsdale Terrace and 1 at Buccleuch Street. All premises were entered via the front door, which had the Yale locks forced. A variety of items were stolen. A business at Leven Street was broken into by smashing the front doorof the shop. 5 racist incidents were reported to police, 2 persons have been reported to the procurator fiscal for 2 of the incidents. 2 males have been charged with failing to quit licensed premises as they were under the influence of alcohol. There were 13 youth calls recorded for January, mostly for noisy / boisterous behaviour.

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 Stuart Kettles

Beat 31 – Fountainbridge
PC John Goodall

Beat 32 – Tollcross – PC Clare Smith

Officer in Charge of Tollcross Sector
Inspector Gavin Phillip
  The Youth Action Team (YAT) covering the Central Policing area has been based at the West End Police Station since June last year.
The purpose of the YAT 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 are included in their remit.
  • Patrol in a highly 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.
The YAT have recently been making extensive enquiries into complaints of graffiti in the Central area. A 15-year-old male has been interviewed and has admitted being the author of the tag ‘REZOK’, which has appeared over 50 times, mostly in the Tollcross area. Enquiries are continuing to identify the owners of the tags ‘DEBT’, ‘BING’ and a new one ‘SPAZ’.