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Police Newsletter Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 43 March 2008

'Work With Us'

City Wide


In A Division we are committed to working with you to identify and address local issues. Community Beat Officers (CBOs) play a vital role across Edinburgh. An extensive review of the role of these dedicated officers has just been completed. In the coming months I will implement a number of recommendations that will ensure officers are able to provide the best possible service to you.

These recommendations include ensuring officers are able to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the communities in which they work. CBOs will work with officers from the Neighbourhood Action Unit to establish 'Street Surgeries' where you can speak directly to Police Officers with local knowledge. Improved communication links will also be established including internet services so that you can contact your CBO more easily.

All CBOs will attend a training day on the 18th March where they will be given information and advice to fulfil their role and provide the best service to you.

Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Public Transport Liaison Officer – Bus/Car stoning incidents

Efforts are continuing to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour on public transport; however there has been a recent rise in youths throwing stones and other missiles at passing buses and vehicles throughout Edinburgh.

The Police and bus companies are committed to developing new crime initiatives to detect those youths responsible.

To date the Decoy Bus has been used in areas whereby buses have been stoned. This is a partnership initiative whereby a Route Manager drives the Decoy Bus into problematic areas with plain-clothes officers onboard. An unmarked police vehicle follows the bus with further plain-clothes officers onboard. Should any youths stone the Decoy Bus, the plain-clothes officers in the following vehicle are able to arrest the offenders.

Many of the youths responsible for throwing stones at passing vehicles may be perceive this as a prank, as they don’t appreciate the consequences of their actions. These crimes are extremely dangerous to both vehicular/pedestrian traffic. Your community can help with any information relating to these incidents by contacting the police:
  • Please consider the use of 999.
  • Contact 0131 311 3131 to provide information.
  • If you want to remain anonymous phone Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

There were 66 crimes or offences reported during the month of February 2008.

There were 7 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.
  • On 3rd February, a ground floor flat in Harden Place was broken into and items of clothing were stolen.
  • On 13th February, a ground floor flat in Upper Grove Place was entered and an ipod was stolen.
  • On 14th February, a second floor flat in Upper Grove Place was broken into and a computer and cash were stolen.
  • On 20th February, another flat in Upper Grove Place was entered and computers, mobile phone, camcorder, MP3 player and jewellery were stolen.
  • On 25th February, a ground floor flat in Horne Terrace was broken into and a computer, ipod, camera and cheque book were stolen.
  • On 25th February, a ground floor flat in Fowler Terrace was entered and a television was stolen.
  • On 28th February, a first floor flat in Murdoch Terrace was broken into and a computer, television, cash and photo frame were stolen.
There were two Business Theft by Housebreakings reported during February.
  • On 6th February, an attempt was made to break into the office premises at 160 Dundee Street.
  • On 18th February, the licensed premises, The Golden Rule at 30 Yeaman Place, was broken into and a quantity of cash was stolen from the safe.
Three vehicles were reported stolen during February.
  • Between 2nd and 3rd February, a white Honda motor cycle was stolen from Watson Crescent.
  • On 8th February, a black Honda motor cycle was stolen from Polwarth Gardens.
  • Between 10th and 11th February, an unregistered mini-moto was stolen from Gardner’s Crescent.
NO vehicles were broken into during February.

There were four pedal cycles reported stolen during February.
  • They were all left secure and unattended, within common stairs at Gardner's Crescent, Temple Park Crescent, Dundee Terrace, and Polwarth Crescent.
  • Following the discovery of the body of a 39 year old male within the premises at 13 Harrison Road on 2nd February, a 25 year old male was arrested and subsequently charged with murder.
There were 12 youth related calls received during February.
  • Four of the calls were to Dorset Place, 5 were to the Gardner's Crescent area. The others were to Mertoun Place, Dundee Street, and Grove Street.
  • The calls were spread throughout the month.
  • The problem areas will be actively patrolled by the Neighbourhood Action Unit and Community Patrol Officers.
During January there were 225 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 24 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 66 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.

Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer (CBO)

PC John Goodall
0131 221 2008

PC Emma Croft
0131 622 2426

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


A 14 year old boy was arrested in Harrison Gardens after a resident reported youths ‘tagging’ property there. The police caught the youth in the act, writing the tag ‘DEAMS’.
He was charged with nine counts of vandalism.
This tag has appeared at numerous locations in the City Centre , Newington, Marchmont, and Bruntsfield areas over recent months.
An officer from the South Neighbourhood Action Unit was tasked with progressing the enquiry. This resulted in the boy being charged with a further 90 vandalisms.

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 19th March, 2008, between 1100 and 1200 hours at the North Merchiston Boy’s and Girl’s Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.