Beat SM46 Lothian & Borders Police Tollcross Online Edinburgh News

Police Newsletter Beat SM46 Marchmont

A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 69 May 2010

'Work With Us'

City Wide

Divisional Commanders Message

This month saw the conclusion of Operation Micron, the investigation into the murder of Martin Barclay. Lothian and Borders Police are delighted at the verdict, which saw Caroline Igoe, convicted of his murder, and her brother, Paul Igoe, convicted of related offences. This case has had a huge impact on the local community in the Inch, where the murder took place, and I hope that these convictions will go some way to restoring the sense of spirit and cohesion within the area. I would like to echo the thanks that the senior investigating officer, Superintendent Lesley Boal, passed to the local community. Throughout the investigation they showed great tolerance and provided invaluable assistance and support, and we are grateful for their patience as we carried out our inquiries. Thankfully incidents of this nature remain rare in Edinburgh, which remains a very safe city.

Our officers are continuing to investigate cannabis cultivations in the city, and in the past few months we have uncovered a number in Edinburgh. I would encourage anyone who witnesses any suspicious behaviour or activity to contact us immediately. We recently held a series of conferences called ‘Weed Them Out’ which were aimed at educating letting agencies and members of the community in how to spot a potential cannabis cultivation. These were very successful, and we hope to undertake a similar exercise in the future. Meanwhile Lothian and Borders Police are dedicated to tackling drug dealing and supply and will continue to deal robustly with offenders.

Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

A Budding Time for Crime

Spring has arrived and with it the ‘traditional’ visits from the Bogus Worker fraternity so be prepared.
  • ‘Cold Callers’ / Bogus Workmen turn up on the doorstep unannounced -with good excuses such as ‘just happen to be working the area’ ‘ you have some loose slates!’ Don’t let any casual caller do any work on your property; be that gardening; roofing or laying/repairing your drive. Most reputable companies do not operate in this manner. Thank them and inform them that your tradesman will look at it.
  • What do Bogus Workmen look like? They are usually very plausible people dressed for the part.
  • Who is at risk from them and when? They tend to prey on the more vulnerable in society and will usually call through the day.
  • What can you do? Be prepared. Are you expecting someone to call? Check the person on the doorstep is genuine; most service providers carry identification, use the phone book to get the telephone number to contact the company to confirm. Best of all only deal with callers by appointment.
  • Don’t keep large sums of money in your home.
  • Keep front and back doors locked even if you are just in the garden.
  • Be a good neighbour – keep an eye on vulnerable neighbours. If suspicious persons are in the area - phone the police – give a good description of them and most importantly the registration number, make, model, and colour of any vehicle involved.

Local News

Beat SM46

Welcome to the May 2010 Police Newsletter for the Marchmont, Meadows and Tollcross area – the SM46 Beat. It provides you with a summary of incidents that occurred in your area during April 2010.

PC4601A Yocksan Bell – SNT

During April 2009 there were 186 incidents reported to Police in your area. This is 40% reduction on the March figure of 231. Of these only 13 were graded as 1, ie. emergencies that required an immediate response. 58 were graded as 2 ie. non-emergercies to be responded to within one hour. The remainder were more routine being dealt with by a shift officer or by a Safer Neighbourhood Team officer or may not have needed a Police response at all.
A significant proportion of these jobs (19 or 10%) were referred to different agencies for action.
There were only 9 youth related callsto the SM46 area, which equates to the monthly average.

In April 61 crimes were reported in your ward. This is a 16% decrease on the March figure. 41% of these have already been solved with the rest still under investigation.
A general breakdown of some of these crimes is listed in this newsletter.

During April 7th premises were broken into (6 break in’s and 1 attempted break in) in our area.

All remain unsolved at the moment and are still under investigation.
  • Always secure your house door using ALL available locks. NEVER just on the Yale.
  • Use window locks where possible.
  • Report all suspicious activity to Police.
  • Securely lock all personal possessions including laddres and other items which may serve as aides to the housebreaker.
  • Ensure common stair doors are in working order and secured at ALL times.
  • Confirm ID before allowing entry.
A 30 year old male has been arrested and reported for stealing over £100 of goods from a local Supermarket. He has also been served a Bail condition not to enter the shop in future.

A 17 year old male has been arrested and reported for a series of attempted thefts of cars in the area including 2 in Spottiswoode Street.

Theft of Pedal Cycles
During April there a further 8 reported thefts of bicycles. High value bikes are often sold through Gumtree or Ebay. There is an ongoing enquiry into this which has already resulted in over £12000 worth of bikes being recovered in the force area.

Once again:
  • Secure bikes properly using accredited “Sold Secure” locks.
  • Use a combination of cable lock and D-lock whenever possible
  • Always note the bike serial number and photograph your bike.

Last month I reported that Between 22nd and 28th of March 2010 Lothian and Borders Police, in partnership with other agencies, undertook a week long Community Initiative in the Tollcross area. The focus was on improving aspects of the community which effect community safety with a focus on crime prevention.

The event was a success with the following achieved:
Community Safety Officers worked in close partnership with Lothian and Borders Police to carry out Stair Safety Checks and distribute Crime Prevention Information Packs. During these checks any issues identified were passed to the appropriate partners for action.

  • 672 residences were provided with Information packs and advice.
  • 1 Statutory Notice for a common stair recommended.
  • 2 Abandoned cycles removed
  • 70 Hours – Community Safety Officer deployment
Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service conducted stair Fire Safety Checks and Home Safety visits. Items deemed to be hazardous were promptly removed by the South Community Safety Concierge.
  • 777 Premises supplied with ‘Home Safety Visit’ leaflets (see Appendix 4)
  • 17 ‘Cluttered Stair’ Safety advice posters placed in Communal Stairwells
  • 21 ‘Home Safety Check’ visits completed
South Community Safety Concierge (CSC) undertook patrols of the Central Tollcross area. The CSC assisted the initiative by removing minor graffiti, removal of bulky items, fire hazards and cleansing communal stairs where required.
  • 45 Items of Graffiti Removed
  • 8 Stairs cleared of refuse and bulk items
  • 2 Bulk Items removed from the area
  • 6 Hazardous waste items removed
  • 36 Hours – CSC deployment
Community Litter Pick – As part of the community engagement aspect of the Initiative week the local Beaver Scout Troop participated in an organised litter pick. This took place on Bruntsfield links, resulting in number of refuse bags full of waste being collected.
The City of Edinburgh Councils (CEC) Specialist Services Team undertook to remove graffiti from council and public property, street furniture and worked with local businesses and residents to ensure the area was graffiti free.
  • 141 Items of Graffiti removed, totalling 156 Square metres
  • 14 Communication boxes painted
  • 39 Communal bins washed/painted
  • 30 Square metres of chewing Gum Removed
  • 12 Sites – Fly posting removed
  • 10 Bus Stops Cleansed
  • 3 Bulk items removed from the area.
  • 78 Hours – Specialist Service staff deployed
Joint Patrols were carried out by the Environmental Wardens and Lothian and Borders Police resulting in
  • 13 enforcement actions, of which 8 were Fixed Penalty Notices
  • 6 Trade Waste Fixed Penalty Notices
  • 2 Littering Fixed Penalty Notices
  • 26 Trade Waste Inspections
  • 12 Referrals to Partner Agencies
  • 100 Hours – Environmental Wardens deployed
High Visibility patrols by Lothian and Borders Police Mounted Section The Partnership funded Mobile CCTV Unit was deployed during each evening to augment the High Visibility Patrols undertaken by the partners to provide a level of community reassurance. The Mobile Unit covered the designated Central Tollcross footprint
  • Deployed – 6pm to 10pm, Monday to Sunday
  • 28 Hours – CCTV Operators deployed
The Lothian and Borders Police Ad Trailer and the Mobile Police Station were deployed in the area and pitched at Lauriston Place on the Toll Cross Junction. The Trailer provided information on Home Security and Anti-Vandalism. The Mobile Station dealt with any complaints received and was manned 5 hours a day by Community Safety and Lothian and Borders Police.
  • 51 Visitors to Mobile Police Station
Tollcross Community Council, in conjunction with the South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, were key partners in the Community Initiative Week and undertook a number of actions, including:
  • Media and resource support
  • Media preparation and distribution in partnership with Community Safety and Police
  • Garden cleanup in Valleyfield Street
Road Safety Checks were carried out in Melville Drive by Lothian and Borders Police on Wednesday 24th March 2010.
  • 44 Vehicles checked
  • 14 Offences detected

Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer for Marchmont

PC 4601A Yocksan Bell

St Leonards Station Inspector
Inspector Ian Moffat

Force Communications Centre
(For non-emergency crimes or disorder)
Tel: 0131 311 3131

St Leonards Police Station
Tel: 0131 662 5000

Community Safety Department
Tel: 0131 221 2050 / 2100

Crimestoppers (confidential)
0800 555 111
  I would like to introduce myself as the new Sector Inspector for South Central. I am delighted to be taking over the role and continuing with all the excellent partnership working which has been developed in the area. I look forward to meeting the community in the St-Leonard’s Sector in the comings weeks.

This last month the Safer Neighbourhoods Team officers in the St-Leonard’s Ward area have continued to build on close links with our partner agencies with “Operation Destiny”, the three squares initiative. Lothian and Borders Police are dedicated to tackling anti social behaviour and the associated quality of life issues that go along with it. In the South of Edinburgh, officers have undertaken an operation targeting this sort of crime in and around the Nicolson Square, Bristo Square, St Patrick’s Square, Brown Street and Middle Meadow Walk areas. These areas are traditionally places where groups of people congregate in large groups, often consuming alcohol and displaying noisy, abusive, and at times, violent behaviour. The operation commenced on Tuesday the 27th of April 2010 and continues to run with daily joint high visibility patrols conducted by the Police, Environmental Wardens and Community Safety Officers. The mobile CCTV van is being deployed to prevent, deter and detect any anti-social behaviour and violent crime in the ‘hotspot’ areas. This will inevitably result in an increased prevention and detection of crime in what is known to be a vibrant area of the city. In the coming months the SNT will be focusing their attention, in the area of the Morningside, Bruntsfield and Meadows areas during the festival - to meet all the challenges these events provide.

PI Andrew McLaughlin