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Police Newsletter Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 41 January 2008

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide


This month we are undertaking a review of the way we communicate with the broad range of groups across ‘A’ Division. I want to make sure that we get relevant, up to date information, to the right people in the most appropriate format. To ensure that we are meeting your needs I would like you to take a few minutes to answer the following questions about the ‘A’ Division Community and Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter:
  • Why do you receive the newsletter?
  • How do you receive the newsletter?
  • Is the information in the newsletter relevant? If not what other information would you like?
  • Is the format of the newsletter appropriate? If not what format would be more suitable?
Please forward your replies by Monday 11th February 2008 to or PS Beverly Bowles, Command Support, St Leonards Police Station, 14 St Leonards Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QW.

Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

School Watch

‘A’ Division Safer Communities Department launched ‘School Watch’ in December 2007 to address vandalisms and break-ins to Edinburgh schools. When school equipment is damaged or stolen it takes time to be replaced and, due to high insurance excesses, schools often have to replace equipment themselves. School Watch is similar to ‘Neighbourhood Watch’. It is a multi agency initiative and encourages individuals and families to join together to protect their local schools from criminal behaviour.

The Scheme aims to:
  • Reduce the opportunity for crime
  • Build on the community spirit in local areas
  • Save money for education instead of repairs to school property
When a School Watch is established trained police officers will provide the school with a crime prevention survey to reduce opportunities for crime. All members will receive an information pack and will be invited to a seminar to address local and relevant issues.

For further information on joining a School Watch contact your local Crime Prevention Officer on 0131 311 3131.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

Here is the January 2008 edition of your monthly newsletter, covering activity from the 1st to 31st December.

There were 44 crimes or offences reported during the month of December 2007.

There were 5 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.
  • On 6th December, a second floor flat in Murdoch Terrace was entered by bodily pressure on the door. A computer was stolen.
  • On 10th December, a second floor flat in Dundee Street was entered by bodily pressure on the door. 2 computers, a camera, mobile phone and set top box were stolen.
  • Between 9th and 12th December a first floor flat in Watson Crescent was entered by unknown means, possibly by a true key. Several items of clothing were stolen.
  • On 15th December a main door house in Gilmore Place was broken into by forcing door with an unknown instrument. 2 computers were stolen.
  • On 31st December a ground floor flat in Polwarth Gardens were entered by forcing the door by means unknown. A computer and mobile phone were stolen.
  • There were NO Business Theft by Housebreakings reported during December.
  • NO vehicles were reported stolen during December.
  • Between 6th and 7th December, a Rover motor car was broken into in Murdoch Terrace. The in-car radio / CD player was stolen.
  • On 8th December, a Honda motor car was broken into in Murdoch Terrace. The in-car radio / CD player was stolen.
  • Between 22nd and 23rd December a Honda motor car in Harrison Road was broken into. A wallet, cash and bank cards were stolen.
There were four pedal cycles reported stolen in December
  • These were at Dorset Place, Dundee Terrace, Lothian Road and West Bryson Road.
  • Between 2100 hours and 2115 hrs on 18th December, a 47 year old male was walking in Gardners Crescent when he was approached by two males, who asked him for a light, then punched him to the stomach. They searched his jacket and stole a quantity of cash. The two male suspects were aged 30, white, slim build, 5’9”.One was wearing a dark baseball cap and black fleece. The other was wearing a black ‘tammy’ hat. They made off towards Rosemount Buildings.
There were 7 youth related calls received during December.
  • Five of the calls were to the Polwarth / Gilmore Place area.
  • The calls were spread throughout the month.
  • The problem areas will be actively patrolled by the Youth Action Teams and Community Patrol Officers.
During November there were 221 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 13 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 69 were graded ‘2’ , i.e. not emergencies, however should be responded to within one hour.
  • The remainder of the calls were dealt with by Community Beat Officer or patrol officers.
There were 2 RTA offences detected; These were for Driving without a Licence and without Insurance. Two males aged 23 and 30 have been reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer (CBO)

PC John Goodall
0131 221 2008

Officer in Charge of Tollcross Sector
Inspector Andrew Gilhooley
0131 622 2426

0800 555 111

CLARENCE (street lighting faults etc)
0800 23 23 23

Victim Support Helpline
0845 603 9213

The Scottish Helpline for Older People
0845 125 9732

Know the Score
(Information and advice on drugs)
0800 587 5879
  On 18th February, 2008, Sergeant Emma Croft will be the new Community Beat Sergeant for the Pentlands area. She will be based at Wester Hailes.

She takes over from Acting Sergeant Steven Riddell who has been filling the position over the last couple of months.

If you have any information in respect of crimes or incidents on the Fountainbridge beat, please contact me, John Goodall, by telephone or e-mail. Alternatively, you can speak to me in person at my monthly Community Police Surgery. This gives you the opportunity to make me aware of problems on the Fountainbridge beat.
My next surgery will be on Wednesday 4th February, 2008, between 1100 and 1200 hours at the North Merchiston Boy’s and Girl’s Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.