Appeal for information
As part of the festive initiative, High Visibility patrols were undertaken in car parks in the ward area and details of vehicles seen with goods on show were noted and crime prevention letters sent to the owners. To date there has been approximately 200 letters sent and positive feedback has been received from some owners who had received letters.
Safer Neighbourhood Officers responded to a call after an 86 year old woman had fallen in her home. She was discovered shouting for help after a neighbour had attended to clear her pathways of snow. The woman had been stranded for approximately 30 hours without access to food or water. After being taken to hospital it was established she had no serious injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police would like to thank all those involved and encourage the public to make extra checks on the elderly and vulnerable over the winter period.
Lothian and Borders Police has launched an educational DVD package to teach young people about the effects of Hate Crime – using first hand stories in a fictional setting.
‘Lipa’s Story’ will be distributed to every secondary school in the Edinburgh area. A young Asian girl, Lipa, tells the viewer about the abuse she and her family suffer, and the effect this has on their outlook and confidence. Although the characters and setting is fictional, every event described in the film is based on fact.
Audrey Fairgrieve, Police Educational Liaison Officer, said:
“We did a lot of research before creating the package, and the thing that struck us was a lot of kids genuinely didn’t realise what Hate Crime was, and that abuse of this type was breaking the law.”
Finally, As always, the annual city centre Hogmanay celebrations attracted thousands of visitors to Edinburgh.
Our significant policing operation helped to ensure that the event passed off peacefully and safely, with a very small number of arrests. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make it an enjoyable and memorable evening.