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Police Newsletter Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 62 October 2009

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

October traditionally sees the start of the autumn season, and our policing work in the city modifies to fit the changing needs of the city. Working in partnership with other agencies in the city, we are engaging with members of the public on community safety issues ranging from personal safety during darker nights right through to firework night awareness. The period leading up to 5th November is traditionally busy with calls about unauthorised bonfires and firework displays. I would always encourage members of the public to attend official displays as they are much safer ways to enjoy the festivities.

I am delighted to pass on the news that two of our officers are being recognised for their outstanding contributions to the community. Leith Community officer PC Simon Daley has been nominated for the Community Policeman of the Year award for his dedication to the local area. Another A Division officer, PC David Nelson, will attend a reception ceremony at the Scottish Parliament to recognise the hard work he has put in as part of the Junction project, which helps young people with health and wellbeing issues. I must congratulate and commend both officers for their much deserved recognition. I am continually encouraged by the good work that every one of our Community Beat Officers undertakes to make our communities safer places to live, work, and visit.
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 public services across the city, including the Police. Many people are needlessly injured and a great deal of nuisance is caused to the public due to the misuse of 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.

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
Call 999 in an emergency and urgent police assistance is required or 0131 311 3131 to report a matter to the police. To report unauthorised bonfire sites you feel are dangerous contact City of Edinburgh Council on 0131 200 2000 or report it directly to Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue. If you have any information regarding a crime or criminal activity, you can give this anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

The incidents in this newsletter reflect events, which occurred in September 2009

There were 2 domestic Theft by Housebreakings reported during the month of September.

  • These occurred on the 17th and 30th of the month at flats in Harrison Road and Polwarth Crescent whereby entry was gained in the main by forcing the front doors of the property.
  • During the month vehicles parked in Grove Street, Murdoch Terrace and Watson Crescent were damaged.
  • During the month of August pedal cycles have been stolen from within stairwells in the following areas St Peters Place and Mertoun Place.
8 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.

LOGGED INCIDENTS During September there were 209 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 14 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 51 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 5906-A Julie Cochrane
0131 221 2008

Sergeant David Connelly
0131 622 2402

Inspector Irene Ralston
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 autumn officially now with us, it’s worth taking time to think about all the things the darker nights bring us. Traditionally there is found to be a rise in anti-social behaviour in October, especially in the run up to Halloween.

Egg throwing in particular seems to grow in popularity, despite the damage, distress and nuisance it causes. Along with our partners in the Neighbourhood Action Unit (NAU) we are actively trying to prevent this crime through education and encouragement. However, rest assured that we will consider all avenues in relation to enforcement, including where necessary charging the culprits.

Fireworks and bonfires are another seasonal problem. Albeit one that we do seem to be slowly getting on top of. Test purchasing initiatives at retailers, new legislation and a combined partnership approach with the Fire Service and Council are all paying off. Hopefully this improvement will continue this year.