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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 50 October 2008

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

October marks the 6-month point since the establishment of the Neighbourhood Action Units (NAUs). I have watched as each of our teams has developed and embraced the partnership working opportunities afforded and how they have worked hard to combat anti-social behaviour in our communities across Edinburgh. I am glad to note that our Council partners have also recognised the good work undertaken to date and have publicly commended the teams in the media.

As expected we have faced a number of challenges that come with partnership working however it is clear from the work of the NAUs that the benefits are very evident and that we, and the people we serve, are starting to realise them.

We will ensure that the NAUs continue to bring great benefits to the way in which we police the City of Edinburgh.

Chief Superintendent Colin Campbell, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Fireworks and Bonfire Safety

This year, as in previous years, the weeks surrounding the 5th of November will place considerable demands on the Police, the Fire and Rescue Service, local health services and council services across the city. Many people are needlessly injured and a great deal of nuisance is caused to the public due to the misuseof fireworks and the irresponsible building of bonfires.

Bonfires are often constructed in inappropriate places, near to people’s homes or businesses or built to such a size that they present a danger to life and property. The supply of fireworks to youths under 18 years is not only illegal but can also lead to dangerous incidents.

Lothian and Borders Police are working closely with our partners within the Fire and Rescue Service, council services and local health services within our local communities to reduce the potential dangers to the public by:
  • removing any unauthorised bonfires that pose a threat to life or property
  • educating children and young persons about the dangers of fireworks
  • ensuring the retailers involved in the sale of fireworks act responsibly
  • identifying individuals involved in the misuse or illegal sale and supply of fireworks
By working closely with partner agencies and local communities Lothian and Borders Police aim to ensure that the people of Edinburgh can enjoy the 5th of November festivities safely.

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

The incidents in this newsletter reflect events, which occurred in September 2008.

There was no Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month.

  • On the 1st a vehicle parked in Lower Gilmore Place was broken into and items to the value of £130 were stolen from within.
  • On the 6th a vehicle parked in Harrison Road was broken into and items to the value of £100 were stolen from within.
  • On the 18th an attempt was made to steal a motor vehicle in Fowler Terrace, a culprit was identified for the crime and the vehicle was recovered.
  • On 26th the rear windscreen of a vehicle parked in Dorset Place was smashed but no items were stolen from within.
  • Between the 3rd and the 18th bicycles were stolen from stairwells in Upper Grove Place and Watson Crescent.
There were 15 youth calls received during September
  • The calls were received from throughout the area.
  • The problems are mostly in the evening and spread throughout the month.
The Neighbourhood Action Unit and Community Patrol Officers will actively patrol the problem areas along with City of Edinburgh Council Community Support Officers.

During September there were 255 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 25 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 79 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 has been a significant drop in the number of incidents reported to Police in respect of the Fountainbridge beat this month and it is hoped in part that is a result of a local initiative set up involving Neighbourhood Action Team Officers, the City of Edinburgh Community Safety Officers and local Community Beat Officers to provide a high visibility Police presence in the area.

Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer (CBO)

PC 5906-A Julie Cochrane
0131 221 2008

Acting Sergeant Steven Riddell
0131 221 2008

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 Persons
0845 125 9732
  With the approach of Halloween and Bonfire night, a letter is going to be delivered to all the local outlets urging them NOT to sell eggs & flour to youths.

Thus we can cut out the supply of Ammunition to prevent the numerous calls we receive regarding youths throwing eggs and flour at windows. This can be both annoying and intimidating, especially the elderly.

Also, there will be extra officers patrolling the key areas leading up to and on the evenings in question.

Hopefully with this joint effort we can make this period as enjoyable as possible for everyone.