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  • lbpolice 9:52 am on September 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Steve Cully Memorial Rugby Match – Sunday 16th September Photo report 

    Everyone involved with the Steve Cully Memorial Rugby match would like to thank all the players, sponsors and spectators who turned up in large numbers, despite the pouring rain and other attractions, to cheer on the lads on the pitch.

    LBP and Scottish Legend players before kick off

    A large crowd was treated to a rendition of Flower of Scotland by Ronnie Browne from the Corries, accompanied by Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band.  Prior to kick off by the full size players, Steve’s kids Josh and Hannah kicked the first kicks of the day.

    Hannah and Josh get the game going

    Gregor Townsend kick off

    Gregor Townsend got the game going and showed his customary skill throughout, despite a barrage of banter from in house hecklers, sorry commentators, Peter Wright and Richie Gray, who made a fair attempt at refereeing the game for Sean Scott with words of advice throughout.

    Stuart Reid who was a Scotland International, lined up for his other team, LBP, and was seen leaping upwards at the first lineout to take clean ball. Despite seeing most of the ball , LBP failed to really get out their own half and after a bit of pressure by the Steve Cully select they went over for the first try. In recognition of the advancing years of some of the players the game was played in four 20 minutes quarters and at the end of the first it was 7-0 to the legends.

    The Steve Cully select continued where they finished the 1st quarter running in an early unconverted try to make it 12-0 followed by a breakaway try by Gavin Brown to make it 19-0. LBP got their first points on the board with a try from close in which was unconverted, making it 19-5 at halftime.

    Scott Hastings showing the power and drive which was his hallmark, burst one tackle and off loaded a pass to his right, sadly for him he was in the crowd by the time the pass was made. Gregor Townsend then added another try to make the score 5-24, which is hardly surprising as the eagle eyed Peter Wright had spotted that the legends now had 17 players on the park. Craig Joiner who looked a wee bit too fast for most on the pitch then run in another try to make it 29-5 and bring the 3rd quarter to a close.

    Stuart Reid at lineout

    The final quarter seen a few personnel changes made to the ranks and Doddy Weir all six foot umpteen of him, sneaked on to the pitch for LBP, Gary Armstrong, playing for LBP by this time ,made a fine break, but he was turned over and tiring legs could not prevent a breakway try to make it 34-5.

    Peter and Richie commentating, refereeing and entertaining

    With scant regard for the rules, players made their way onto the pitch to bolster numbers and in a scene not out of place at Rugby school, LBP forwards took the ball in and scored, we think, at the far corner to make the final score 34-10 for the Scotland Legends.

    However the main aim of the day had been to remember our late colleague and friend Stevie Cully and raise money for the charity CHAS, both of which had been accomplished with a good deal of fun and a fair bit of style. Stevie would have approved.

    Scottish Legends and LBP teams at end

    • ray walsh 7:23 am on September 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      great to see the salmon (benzo) leap again, hope you all had a great day,
      love ray and claire

  • lbpolice 3:43 pm on July 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AskLBP, chief inspector, , , pentland, , richard thomas   

    #AskLBP today with Pentland Chief Inspector Richard Thomas and @Edinburghreporter 

    LBP Chief Inspector Richard ThomasEdinReporter: 
    Well we now have Chief Inspector Richard Thomas here with Inspector Irene Ralston and we are ready to start. First of all Richard perhaps you would give us some idea of how you got where you are today?
    Richard Thomas:
     I joined the Force in 1996 and as a Police Constable in the West End of Edinburgh in a variety of roles including CID and Community Facing role such as my present one, 1989 – Graduated from Leeds University – B.A. Hons degree (1st Class) in English. 1990 – 1993 First Line Manager, Clays Ltd (book printers), Bungay, Suffolk 1993 – 1996 General Manager, Hullaballoo Theatre Company, Edinburgh 2010 – present: Voluntary Board Member of The Melting Pot, working with start up organisations involved in social innovation in Edinburgh.

    1996 – 2002 Police Constable in Edinburgh West End ‘C’ Division, L&B Police. 2002 – Promoted to Sergeant on Accelerated Promotion Scheme, uniform duties. Also formed part of working party defining the role of police within the new partnership working arrangements. 2003 – Transferred to CID, working within Crime Strategy Branch and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the Drylaw area of Edinburgh. 2004 – Transferred to Scottish Crime & Drug Enforcement Agency, Strategic Development Unit. Devised new performance management framework as part of the Strategic Direction project. (Began MBA studies through the O.U.)

    Do you think it is essential to have a university degree to be at Inspector level?
    Richard Thomas: 
    Not at all. It is something that requires good people skills and the desire to make a difference.
    What is the area you are responsible for? How many police officers do you command?
    Richard Thomas: 
    I am responsible for the Pentlands Neighbourhood Area (SW neighbourhood area) and I command 150 officers.
    How are those officers structured?
    Richard Thomas: 
    Under my command I have 2 Sector Inspectors covering wards 2,7,8 and 9 which are Pentland Hills, Sighthill/Gorgie, Oxgangs/Balerno and Craiglockhart/Fountainbridge.
    Describe a typical day for us. Do you actually manage to get out of the office?
    Richard Thomas: 
    It is a varied job which encompasses personnel, management setting strategic goals and responding to emergency calls, policing large events such as football matches and responding to firearms incidents force wide and possibly the most important work that I do is community facing responding to the needs of the local neighbourhood area to solve local problems such as anti-social behaviour and crime.
    Edinburgh Reporter:
    Tell us about the different areas in your patch. Are there distinct differences in the kinds of crime you have to deal with in each?
    Richard Thomas: 
    The Pentlands neighbourhood area encompasses densely populated areas such as Gorgie/Dalry out to semi rural locations such as Balerno. The southwest area is the largest geographic area and by population in the city of Edinburgh.
    Given that Wester Hailes police station is where you are situated perhaps you would tell us about that area and the kinds of crime you have to deal with there.
    Richard Thomas: 
    In the Wester Hailes there is a variety of issues including drugs, anti-social behaviour and vandalism. However, these are not issues solely particular to Wester Hailes, as with every other area they must be addressed, the majority of people are hard working and want to work with us to solve these problems.
    As well as the people who live there you must work with many other groups in the area. Tell us about them.
     While we are having a couple of minor technical issues here….the police work with the Council and the environmental wardens who work there. They also partner a number of third sector charities including Score Scotland who work with black and minority ethnic groups in the south west. You can contact the South West team at the council here:
    South West Neighbourhood Team 10 Westside Plaza, Edinburgh EH14 2ST Tel: 0131 527 3800 Email: southwestteam@ edinburgh.gov.uk

    Richard Thomas:-
    “We have excellent relationships with our partner agencies. Working together allows for more intelligent problem solving than any one agency alone can deliver. We have a variety of processes in place for sharing information about vulnerable people such as children with a variety of agencies who can best help them.”

    I believe that you have some ideas for better policing in the Pentlands area particularly the Calders?
    Richard Thomas:-
    “We are about to embark upon a long term partnership initiative focussing on different areas within the ward 7 area which is Sighthill/Gorgie. It starts in the Calders area on 21 August…and will run for four weeks. This means we will have what we are calling Days of Action”
    What does Days of Action mean?
    Richard Thomas:
    “What it means is that we will be in the area talking to members of the community finding out what their issues are. We wil be physically tidying the area up along with the environmental wardens. We will be expecting to deal with some anti social behaviour issues. We hope that the community will allow us to help improve the area in many ways.”
    “The intention is to hold small focus groups with Calders residents to find out the issues that affect them and how we can jointly deal with them. We are going to listen to what people tell us and we do not have any preconceptions about what the problems might be.”
    ” By the end of September we hope to have reached a substantial proportion of the community through work like diversionary activities…. This means some activities that children can join in based on the theme of the Olympics.”
    “We are organising football in conjunction with the SFA. There will be a five a side tournament following open sessions, if of course there is sufficient interest. There will be kayaking on the canal.”
    Do you mean that police officers are kayaking or showing children what to do?
    Richard Thomas:-
    “No. There are a couple of qualified instructors who will be doing the teaching. The point is to give the young people in the area an opportunity to engage in positive activities and things they might not otherwise get the chance to do. It is also intended to reduce youth offending.”
    “We also want to show people that they can organise events themselves, and take responsibility for improving their own communities or their own area.”
    So this is a big initiative in the Pentlands area then? It must have taken some time to organise?
    Richard Thomas:-
    Yes it has but we want to make a positive difference to the area. Part of improving a community is traditional policing and equally to work alongside other partners in the neighbourhood to make it a safer and better place to live. We need help from the community itself to make this work.”
    Hi I was wondering since you sound like such a busy man, do you have time to meet with small voluntary organisations operating in the Wester Hailes areas?
    Richard Thomas:-
    ” Absolutely of course we do. That is a really important part of what we are trying to achieve in terms of building trust and engaging with the community. email me at richard.thomas@lbp.pnn.police.uk
    When you amalgamated Edinburgh’s 3 divisions into one*, response times dropped dramatically with officers from Portobello responding to calls in our area and vice versa and when you closed the local control rooms and merged them into the FCC, call answering was shocking (one 999 call I made personally took 5 minutes 23 seconds to ANSWER) and the pitiful excuse given by LBP was that they “didn’t realise how many call they received on a daily basis” Given that most people require an urgent response from the Police at times of utmost crisis, how will these issues be avoided when the new Single Scottish Police Force comes into being next year?
    Richard Thomas:-
    “That is a major piece of work being carried out nationally. My own intention at a local level as an area commander is to continue to deliver excellent local policing at this time of change, and of course continue when the new force is set up.”
    *LBP This Divisional merger was several years ago, for 999 response time stats published this week click here
    We should explain before setting RIchard the next question that he is a keen cyclist, using his bike for commuting as well as leisure. @camurphy asked on Twitter “Any plans to police the red cycle boxes for both cars offering and cyclists not using by jumping the red lights?”
    Richard Thomas:-
    “I think that both car drivers and cyclists have an equal obligation to obey the rules of the road and to respect each other. I am a cyclist and a driver and I think most people would agree that respect is the best road safety there is. As for plans to enforce we have ongoing road safety initiatives particularly where there are accident blackspots. We also have police officers who patrol using bicycles. Part of their duty is to ensure that all road users abide by the Highway Code.”
    Some of our other contributors asked about the 20mph zones. Do you have any in your area? If you do then how do you police them?
    Richard Thomas:-
    ” No we don’t but elsewhere in the city they are policed by traffic wardens. For most of the areas where they exist there is usually a good reason, mostly they are outside schools and built up areas for example. If anyone is spotted in these areas flouting the rules they can expect to be challenged.”
    Richard thank you very much for joining us today. We appreciate your time. We look forward to hearing more about your community policing in time. How can our readers keep up with your news?
    Richard Thomas:-
    “There is a blog at the bottom of the Lothian and Borders Police website where news will be posted.”
  • lbpolice 2:53 pm on July 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dog, ellie, , , , zico   

    You can run, you can hide, but LBP Police Dogs, Ellie and Zico will find you 

    Police Dog trackingSix men have been detained in connection with alleged housebreaking and thefts following excellent work by police dogs and handlers with the Lothian and Borders Police Specialist Support Unit.

    Around 3.25am today (Wednesday) police responded to an address in Clovenstone Drive after receiving reports of men trying to steal a car.

    On arrival, a group of males made off from the scene and were pursued by officers.

    Police Dogs Ellie and Zico, who are both German Shepherds, were deployed and within a short time all four men had been traced in and around garden areas of Clovenstone Gardens.

    An hour later police were called to Craigcrook Road in Edinburgh after two men were spotted acting suspiciously in the area.

    Officers detained one man within a white Transit van. However, another male made off into nearby woodland and was tracked by Police Dog Zico.

    PD Zico immediately picked up the man’s scent and he was very quickly traced hiding within foliage.

    The men detained during both these incidents are all currently assisting police with their investigations.

    Police are also following a positive line of enquiry following the theft of a quad bike at Ransfield Farm in Ratho around 6am yesterday (Tuesday).

    PD Ellie, who was deployed to assist with the search for two men seen stealing the vehicle, soon after recovered a balaclava believed to belong to one of the suspects.

    The item is now being analysed by police, who are warning would-be thieves to thing twice before becoming involved in acquisitive crime.


    Chief Superintendent Derek RobertsonChief Superintendent Derek Robertson, Operations Division Commander said: “Lothian and Borders Police are committed to promoting preventative policing and regularly engage with our local communities to offer advice and guidance on how to keep properties and valuables safe from criminals.

    “However, whenever a crime does occur, we will use all the resources at our disposal to identify and trace those responsible and bring them to justice.

    “Our police dogs are trained to an extremely high standard and are regularly used with great success during the various operations and day-to-day policing duties the Force undertakes.

    “As these recent incidents have shown, those who flee the scene of a crime can and will still be brought to justice based on the competent work carried out by the our dogs, their handlers and the other specialist resources Lothian and Borders Police can utilise during an investigation.”

  • lbpolice 11:30 am on July 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blackburn, craigshill, football, , ,   

    Street 5 a Side Football #Craigshill and #Blackburn West Lothian #CashbackforCommunities 

    Lothian and  Borders Police West Lothian Community Teams are working with our partner agencies to develop and support youth diversionary activities during the summer holidays.  These provide young people in our communities with engaging activities that promote community well being and prevent antisocial behaviour and helps keep young people ‘off the street’.

    Street Football

    One such activity is the Summer Street Football.  This is a free 5-a-side football programme for boys and girls aged 12 to 17.

    This has been funded by the ‘Cashback for Communities’ project which is an initiative that reinvests proceeds of crime back into communities in partnership with the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Government.

    Your Community Officers have been working with Craig Bodel, West Lothian Council Sports and Education Officer, Blackburn United FC and Craigshill Thistle FC and are please be running the Street Football at:


    • Fridays 13 July – 17 August
    • 3:00 – 4:30pm
    • Grass area beside the Health Centre on Ash Grove


    • Thursdays 12 July – 16 August
    • 3:00 – 4:30pm
    • Craigshill Astro Turf beside Craigsfarm


    Please come along to these events where you can play five-a-side with your local Community Officers.


    For further information please contact:


    PC Jose Vega Lozano Blackburn Community Officer


     PC Susan Crawford Blackburn Community Officer



    PC David McRobbie Craigshill Community Officer


    Street football poster Blackburn

    Street football poster Blackburn

    Street football poster Craigshill

    Street football poster Craigshill

  • lbpolice 3:22 pm on July 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dalkeith, , , Mayfield, , summer holidays, youth club   

    LBP and Street Soccer Scotland youth club Dalkeith and Mayfield Midlothian 6th July to 18th August 

    Street Soccer Youth ClubAre you aged 12 to 18 years old and interested in football? Lothian and Borders Police have been working in partnership with Street Soccer (Scotland) to develop a youth diversionary programme to be run throughout the summer holidays in a bid to engage with local youths and take into account the needs of the local community.

    Street Soccer (Scotland) is a non-profit social enterprise that delivers a range of football related services, inspired by personal experience of how sport can create real positive change, whilst developing individuals into making positive choices in their lives. Young people will be provided with an opportunity to meet new people, improve their physical and mental health and increase their confidence.

    PC Katy Johnstone

    PC Katy Johnstone

    PC Lynne Cochrane

    PC Lynne Cochrane

    Youth Community Officers (YCO) PC Kathryn Johnstone and PC Lynne Cochrane have been working with David Duke, CEO Street Soccer (Scotland) to organise this summer initiative, which will take place at the following locations in order to encourage a wide range of young people to attend.

    Street workers and local youth groups as well as members from Lothian and Borders Community Policing Team will all be involved to provide support and encouragement.

    The programme is free and participants can attend as many sessions as they want in either location.  Males and females are both welcome between the ages of 12 – 18 years.

    The sessions will include

    • Fun Games
    • Skills sessions
    • Careers Advice
    • Cup Tournaments and Prizes 

    Contact the YCO’s via EDIVYCODalkeithNewbattle@lbp.pnn.police.uk with any enquiries.

    When is it?  Mayfield – Friday evenings 5.30 to 8.30pm, Dalkeith Saturdays 6.30 to 8.30pm.

    For more info contact the Youth Service Team


    t: 0131 652 8191


    Download the poster

    Street Soccer PosterStreet Soccer Poster

  • lbpolice 11:12 am on June 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , primary, school, sciennes, streetsahead   

    Sciennes Primary School pupils out cycling as part of Bike Week 2012 

    Sciennes Primary School Pupils, cycling from the King's Buildings to Sciennes Primary School.Primary five pupils from Sciennes Primary School got the chance to try out the new cycle route from the King’s Buildings to their school, as part of Bike Week 2012.

    They were accompanied by teachers Shona Pearmain, Iain Kearton, and Fiona Barker, as well as LBP cycle cops PC Leon Malinowski and PC Andy Couillard.

  • lbpolice 2:28 pm on June 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: edinburgh reporter, , , , , west and pentlands   

    #AskLBP Chief Inspector Murray Dykes answers your questions 

    Ch Insp Murray Dykes in a webchatEdinReporter: 

    Ok so to start things off – how about a little news about you? I understand you were in charge of the Olympic Torch relay last week – must have been fun?
    Chief Inspector Murray Dykes: 
    Yes it was a once in a life time event, which really captured the public’s imagination and of course the weather greatly assisted!
    So a little bit about you – you are Chief Inspector of the West Neighbourhood Area? How did you get into the police in the first place?
    Chief Inspector Murray Dykes:
    I was a pharmaceutical microbiologist at Nine Wells Hospital in Dundee, although I enjoyed the job, the nine to five routine did not suit. My father was a police officer and he always said it was a job that you never did the same thing two days running, which appealed. Between 1996 and 1999 I was one of the motorcycle sergeants based at police HQ. A really exciting job as the bikes were usually involved in the majority of major events occurring in the city.
    So now your day to day job involves looking after the whole of the West Neighbourhood – where does that extend to…?
    Chief Inspector Murray Dykes:
    The west Edinburgh area runs for Murrayfield through Corstorphine and out as far as Kirkliston and includes South Queensferry.

    As the Chief Inspector for the west neighbourhood area (NA) I am based at Corstorphine Police Station. The west NA covers the council wards of Almond, Drumebrae/Gyle and Corstorphine/Murrayfield.

    Two sector inspectors are responsible for community policing, Inspector John Cooper is based at South Queensferry Police Station, John Cooper covers the Almond ward with his Safer Neighbourhood Officers (SNT).

    And Inspector Andy Gilhooley, based at Corstorphine Police Station, has two teams of SNT officers; one situated at the new Drumbrae Hub covering the Drumbrae/Gyle ward and another team based at Corstorphine, which looks after Corstorphine/Murrayfield

    One of the areas that you personally look after is Murrayfield and of course when there are concerts there it must involve a lot of police work… How do you plan for this..?

    Ch Insp Murray Dykes
    Murrayfield stadium has a capacity of 67,500. Usually the stadium is full of ardent rugby supporters who know where to park and the lay out of the stadium so in essence the policing operation is basically to get a large crowd in and out of the stadium safely.

    For a concert, although the capacity is reduced to around 50,000, the challenge is getting a crowd who are unfamiliar with the stadium into and out of the ground. So in essence we need to interact with the crowd and the event organisers to a greater extent.

    And we have a question about traffic around the Corstorphine area…. coming next from Lothian MSP Sarah Boyack.

    I note that Lothian’s and Borders police ran a speeding campaign in response to reports that some CityLink buses and airport shuttle buses were speeding, most notably between Roseburn and the Zoo.

    Can Chief Inspector Murray Dykes please provide an update on the campaign and what speed checks were in place and whether the campaign was viewed as a success?

    Ch Insp Murray Dykes
    This issue was raised as a concern by the community at the latest priority setting group. The local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) have undertaken to monitor the speed of vehicles on the Corstorphine road corridor and in conjunction with their Road Policing colleagues will endeavour to educate and, where necessary, enforce local speed limits. The SNT officers will report back to the group within three months.


    Barry Koervers:  
    With the increased media attention as a result of the Panda’s at Edinburgh Zoo, has it made a difference in how you would police the local area, especially on the build up to the arrival of the animals?
     Ch Insp Murray Dykes
     As you would expect there was a great deal of excitement around the arrival of the Pandas and that was just amongst the police officers involved!! As you would expect a great deal of prior planning went into their arrival at Edinburgh Airport and subsequent journey to the zoo. On an ongoing basis we have an SNT officer who is a liaison officer for the zoo and who can provide assistance to them in terms of local traffic management and increased crowd numbers.
    Colin Keir MSP
    I welcome the opportunity to read the views of Ch Insp Dykes in relation to Policing within the Western Neighbourhood Partnership area.As I am a former Councillor for the Drum Brae/Gyle ward who had a part in the decision making process which commissioned the new Drum Brae Library and Hub and still has an interest as the local MSP, perhaps Ch Insp Dykes can inform those involve here today;What effect the new facility is having on the NP area?
    Ch Insp Murray Dykes
    I know the Drumbrae library Hub project is a topic close to Mr Keir’s heart. The facility allows council service community staff and police officers to work side by side in the heart of the community. It is a bright modern facility, which is a real asset to those living and working in the area.
    Natalie Hoy from City of Edinburgh Council West Team.Natalie is the West Neighbourhood Manager employed by the council and she works alongside the Police and other partners in relation to a range of different council services like housing roads and community safety.
    Electric vehicle charging pointEdinReporter: 
    Here is something we found at the Drumbrae Hub the other day…. what on earth is this..?
    Natalie Hoy
    That is our electric charging point for vehicles at the south of our building!
    Here is another question from Sarah Boyack MSP about housebreaking. Housebreakings continue to be a concern and priority in the local area. Can Chief Inspector Murray Dykes please advise what necessary steps residents should be taking to prevent house break ins?
    Ch Insp Murray Dykes
    The thought of having your house broken into and your possessions taken is probably the one which troubles the public the most. In addition to uniformed officers, in each of the neighbourhood areas there is a team of plain clothes officers who deal specifically with this crime and those responsible for it they build up a detailed knowledge of those criminals who are acitve in their area and the methods they use in carrying out their crimes. Sadly the large number of house breakings are carried out by a disproportionately small number of individuals. The key in all of this is to make your house and property as secure and as uninviting to the potential thief as possible. Contact your local crime prevention officers to provide guidance on measures to protect your home and property, on 0131-311-3131.
    There is also an information page on the Lothian and Borders Police website.. with good tips on how to avoid housebreaking.  http://www.lbp.police.uk/crime_prevention/home_security.aspx
    So both you and Natalie work together in the West Area. Where do your jobs cross over in particular?
    Ch Insp Murray Dykes
    One of the main areas is responding to the community’s concerns regarding anti social behaviour. We do this by working closely together.
    Colin Keir has a question about antisocial behaviour…. Can Ch Insp Dykes explain the strategy used to ensure public safety and combat anti-social behaviour in our parks and greenspaces?
    Ch Insp Murray Dykes
    Working on community information, we jointly patrol with SNT officers and council environmental wardens where the community may have concerns. We work closely with ‘Friends of Parks’ groups on improving amenities and reducing anti-social behaviour. Since 2007 we have been working hard to reduce the damage caused by bonfires in the area around Guy Fawkes. This has involved the community parks officers, police, task force and environmental wardens.
    SNT stands for Safer Neighbourhood Teams
    Kim Harding who is a well known city cyclist -What plans do LBP have to enforce the new 20mph speed limits?
    Ch Insp Murray Dykes
     Enforcement generally lies with my Road policing colleagues, however, Safer Neighbourhood Team officers do take an active part in speaking to schools in relation to indiscriminate parking and general traffic around schools.

    One of the big drives by Lothian and Borders is to give the community a say in what their local priorities are for the police and the council. How do residents get involved in this?
     Ch Insp Murray Dykes
    Local priority setting groups sit under the Neighbourhood Partnership structure and are meetings involving local council staff, SNT officers and representatives from the community, including Community Councils.

    This is an opportunity to let both police and council know what issues are afffecting you in your area. Contact the West Team for further details or see My neighbourhood section of LBP website. There should also be posters advertising up and coming meetings in your local area.

    Alternatively why not drop in to the Hub?

    And finally…by email  from Andrew – “Edinburgh seems to be home to quite a lot of crime novels (Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin, Alan Guthrie, Christopher Brookmyre, Quintin Jardine, Alanna Knight and more have set books here) – is that a reflection of crime rates in the city?”

    Chief Inspector Murray Dykes: 
    Edinburgh is an extremely safe city in which to live, work and visit. It is steeped in a rich history which has provided a wealth of material for authors over the generations. Why not drop into your local library to find more. The new Drumbrae library Hub has 22,000 new books for you to enjoy. Personally I am a Morse fan! 
  • lbpolice 3:21 pm on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    #AskLBP Chief Inspector Murray Dykes – Edinburgh West and Pentlands 

    Lothian and Borders Police and the Edinburgh Reporter invite you get involved in our first #AskLBP  web discussion.

    Chief Inspector Murray Dykes

    Chief Inspector Murray Dykes of West and Pentlands will be taking part in an online chat on the Edinburgh Reporter website, on Tuesday 19th June.

    The webchat, which takes place from 12:30-1:30pm, aims to answer any community policing questions you tweet or email in, either beforehand or on the day.  Edinburgh Council Business Manager Natalie Hoy will also be available.

    If you want to know what the police are doing in West and Pentlands, or are looking for advice on any police-related issue, tweet us your questions to @LBP_Police or @EdinReporter using hashtag #AskLBP

    Alternatively, send your questions through the Edinburgh Reporter website (http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/contact/)

    Or you can use the reply function below

    This forum cannot be used to report crime: please telephone Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or call 999 in an emergency.

    For legal reasons, live criminal cases cannot be discussed.

    • Sighthill, Broomhouse & Parkhead Community Council 10:38 am on June 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Matters which the FCC/Police class as low priority are often those which residents see as impacting on their daily lives. For example most people haven’t been affected by rape or murder but have been affected by petty crime, dog fouling, anti-social behaviour, etc. Two questions. Firstly how do you square the circle between Force priorities and community priorities and secondly how do you educate the public as to which issues are Police responsibilties and which are other agencies or should it just be the case that any matter reported to any agency should be resolved(or attempted to be resolved), whether it’s that agency’s ACTUAL responsibility or not?

  • lbpolice 9:34 am on June 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beacon, , , , mining museum, Newtongrange   

    Queens Diamond Jubilee Beacons – Newtongrange, Midlothian 

    National Mining Museum NewtongrangeBraving the chilly night air around 500 people  turned out at the national Mining Museum in Newtongrange, Midlothian to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee and witness the lighting of the beacon atop the winding gear of the Lady Victoria Pit. The enthusiast crowd were entertained by Newtongrange Silver Band and Newtongrange Pipe Band. 

    At 9pm the torch was handed over by Newtongrange Gala Day Queen Lauren Kelly,and a group of brave souls climbed the legs of the winding gear to ignite the beacon which was visible for miles around.

    Newtongrange Silver Band at National Mining Museum

    Newtongrange Silver Band entertain the large crowd

    PC Blair Watson

    PC Blair Watson, the local community officer, was on hand to assist with the smooth running of the event.

    Diamond Jubilee Beacon Newtongrange

    Staff from the Mining Museum light the Diamond Jubilee Beacon

  • lbpolice 8:58 am on May 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Police in Midlothian recently registered bikes under the #BikePassport scheme 

    PC Blair Watson Community Officer for Midlothian South at a recent eventCyclists throughout Midlothian recently took advantage of the opportunity to register their bikes via the Bike Passport scheme* PC Blair Watson, the community officer for Midlothian South, is seen here helping Dylon Bell from his local community. If you wish more details please feel free to contact your local officer

    Photograph- Midlothian Advertiser

    *A different scheme operates in the City of Edinburgh.

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