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Community Beat Officer's Report

Reported Crime Figures for October 2006

Tollcross, Lothian Road, Fountainbridge, Bruntsfield and Grassmarket

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A total of 79 crimes or offences were recorded in the month of October for the Fountainbridge area.

Three vehicles were broken into, or had property stolen from them.
One vehicle was stolen, however it was recovered the following day.

There were 14 assaults reported during October, only one was solved.

In relation to domestic housebreakings, there was one such report this month.
A total of 247 crimes or offences were recorded in the month of October for the Tollcross area.

As in previous months a large number of crimes are Thefts from within licensed premises and business premises with persons leaving property unattended. Mobile phones are a favoured item, with 22 stolen.

There were 66 reports of assault, of which 39 were solved.
There were 3 domestic housebreakings and 6 business housebreakings reported during October.
Theft Housebreaking Theft Housebreaking
There was one domestic housebreaking reported during October.

A ground floor flat in Viewforth Square was broken into. A Hi-fi, TV / DVD, and handbag were stolen.

There were two business housebreakings this month.

A small quantity of cash was stolen from an Italian restaurant in Bruntsfield Place, after the window had been smashed.

An attempt was made to break in through the front door at Tesco in Earl Grey Street.
There were 3 Domestic housebreakings in October.
A computer, mobile phones, camera and camcorder were stolen from a flat in Lothian Street.
In Panmure Place a mobile phone and ipod were stolen.
Two computers and a guitar were stolen from a flat in Lothian Road.
All were entered by bodily pressure on the flat door.

There were 6 Business break-ins.
These occurred at George Square (2), Lawnmarket, Johnston Terrace, Lauriston Place and Candlemaker Row.
Computers and cash were some of the items stolen.
Theft Others Theft Others
11 in total
3 from or on licensed premises
6 from or on business premises
2 from domestic premises, on the street.
Four of the thefts involved a mobile phone.
53 in total
20 from or on licensed premises
22 from or on business premises
11 from domestic premises or on the street.
22 of the thefts involved a mobile phone.
Theft from Motor Vehicles Theft from Motor Vehicles
There were 3 vehicles broken into or had property stolen from them during October:

Ford Transit: Leamington Terrace
Audi Quattro: Leamington Terrace
Citreon Saxo: Watson Crescent
There were 10 vehicles broken into or had property stolen from them during October:
Mercedes: Lonsdale Terrace
Ford Fiesta: Websters Land
VW Polo: Lauriston Street
VW camper: Glengyle Terrace
Honda: Glen Street
Renault: Lauriston Place
VW Polo: George Square Lane
Ford Ka: Crichton Street
VW Golf: Boroughloch
Volvo: Potterrow

In car radio/CD players and holdalls were stolen, along with clothing.
Theft Motor Vehicles Theft Motor Vehicles
A silver Gilera scooter was stolen from Watson Crescent, It was recovered the following day in Murrayburn Place. Attempts were made to steal two vehicles in October.
A VW Golf in Websters Land and a Peugeot in Lauriston Gardens.
Theft Pedal Cycle Theft Pedal Cycle
There were three pedal cycles reported stolen in October.

These occurred at Bryson Road, Bruntsfield Place and Leamington Terrace.
There were 7 in total, these occurring at George Square (2), Lauriston Gardens (2), Grassmarket, Lauriston Park, and Valleyfield Street.
Four had been left secured and had the security chains cut. The other three were insecure.
Malicious Damage Malicious Damage
10 in total
None on licensed premises
4 on business premises
4 on domestic premises
2 to motor vehicles
(in Leamington Terrace and Bruntsfield Place )
27 in total
5 to licensed premises
7 to business premises
5 to domestic premises and
10 to motor vehicles, in Kings Stables Road, Lauriston Place, Cornwall Street, Lothian Road (2), Victoria Terrace, Grindlay Street Court, Hope Park Square, Chalmers Street and Bruntsfield Place.
Assault Assault
14 in total
3 on licensed premises
1 on business premises
10 on domestic premises or on the street.

1 of the assaults was solved.
66 in total
15 on licensed premises
11 on business premises
40 on domestic premises or on the street.

39 of the assaults were solved.
Assault and Robbery Assault and Robbery
A 32 year old male was about to use the ATM in Home Street when he was approached by 2 males. An unknown object was pushed into his lower back and he was forced to withdraw cash from the machine. The males took the cash and made off.
Enquiries are continuing.
There were 5 Assault and Robberies reported during October. Four were in the Meadows area and one in Bristo Square. Two have been solved and enquiries are continuing into the others.
The culprits were males in their mid teens or early twenties.
Racially Motivated Crime Racially Motivated Crime
There were two racial incidents this month.

A 19 year old white male subjected two Asian shopkeepers to verbal racial abuse. He was arrested and charged the following day and appeared in court in relation to similar previous incidents. He was remanded in custody, waiting trial.

A 47 year old Asian shopkeeper was subjected to verbal racial abuse by a male in his late 20’s. Enquiries are continuing to trace and charge the culprit.
There were six racial incidents this month.

A 19 year old Irish female in Lothian Road was subjected to verbal racial abuse by a white male in his mid 20’s.
He was arrested and charged.

In Victoria Street, a 29 year old door steward was subjected to verbal racial abuse by a 20 year old white male. He was charged and report sent to Procurator Fiscal.

A police officer of Irish decent was subjected to verbal racial abuse by a 17 year old male in Lothian Road. He was arrested and charged.

Two Asian shopkeepers in Lothian Road were subjected to verbal racial abuse my two white males.
They were both arrested and charged.

A 28 year old male in Barclay Place was subjected to verbal racial abuse by a 29 year old white male. He was charged and a report sent to Procurator Fiscal.

A 30 year old Irish male was subjected to verbal racial abuse by a 22 year old female.
She was charged and report sent to Procurator Fiscal.

Community Beat Officer PC 2995-A John Goodall
West End Police Station
Tel: 0131 221 2008
E-mail: PC John Goodall