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  • lbpolice 2:36 pm on June 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: drain covers, , , ,   

    Theft of drain covers, #Midlothian 

    Drain CoverPolice in Midlothian are investigating the theft of metal drain covers from locations across the county last week. 

    A total of 20 cast iron roadside covers were stolen from the Wisp (9 covers), Old Craighall Road, Millerhill (6), Myrtle Crescent in Bilston (3) Pentland Road in Loanhead (1) and Millerhill Road in Millerhill (1).

    The thefts took place from the early hours of Thursday, June 21 to the following afternoon (June 22).

    The cost of replacing the drain covers is estimated at around £8000, and police are appealing for any information that can lead to the recovery of the items. 

    A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: “We are appealing for any information that can help us identify whoever is responsible for these thefts.

    “Anyone who was in any of the areas concerned last Thursday and Friday, who noticed any suspicious roadside activity, should contact police.

    “Likewise, any dealers who have been offered the drain covers for sale, or anyone with any other information that can assist our enquiries, should also get in touch.”

    Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

  • lbpolice 11:36 am on May 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: clubs, golf, gullane, , ,   

    Officers keen to to trace a silver or white Volkswagen Transporter van after golf club theft 

    Volkswagen Transporter vanLothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses following a theft from a golf course in East Lothian.

    The incident happened sometime between 3.15pm and 5.30pm on Saturday 12 May at the Gullane Golf Club.

    A six-man golfing party had finished their round and stored their clubs within a black Mercedes Viano car while they went into the clubhouse.

    Upon returning to the vehicle, the men found that five of the golf bags, which also contained items of clothing, had been stolen and contacted police.

    Officers are now asking anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

    The value of the stolen items is between £10,000 and £11,000.

    A police spokesman said: “The victims are tourists on holiday from the Netherlands and have been left utterly distraught at the theft of their valuable golf clubs.

    “Patrons and staff who remember seeing anything suspicious in or around the car park of the golf course are asked to contact police immediately.

    “We are also keen to trace a silver or white Volkswagen Transporter van, which was seen near to the victims’ car around the time of the theft.

    “Anyone who can help us locate this vehicle or its driver should also get in touch.”

    Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

  • lbpolice 3:31 pm on May 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: advanced driving test, cars, institute of advanced motorists, , scottish borders council   

    The Scottish Borders – The drive of your life – Young drivers roadshows 

    The drive of your life

     The drive of your lifeThe Scottish Borders Road Safety Working Group is organising a series of young driver roadshows. This is part of an ongoing commitment to reducing the number of young drivers and passengers killed and seriously hurt on Borders roads. 

    One in five fatal or serious road crashes in the region involves a driver under the age of 25. In almost two thirds of these crashes the young driver is the primary cause of the crash. In a large number of these incidents there is no other vehicle involved and they are usually the result of loss of control by the young driver – usually on a bend, on a rural road.
    The roadshows, which are open to 17-25 year-olds, are part of a long term campaign aimed at raising young drivers’ awareness of the risk and responsibilities of driving a vehicle on the road. These young motorists will have the opportunity to develop their driving skills to make them better and safer drivers.

    Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is offering free demonstration drives. There are competitions and prizes to be won – including fuel vouchers. People can take part in the ‘Show and Shine Competition’ to recognise the best prepared vehicle of the night, and they can talk to experts form Lothian and Borders Police (Road Policing), Scottish Borders Council, Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, IAM and others.

    John Cleland of Cleland’s Galashiels is providing the opportunity for young people to take the advanced driving test. He has agreed to refund the first 100 young drivers who successfully sit the course and test.

    Inspector John Scott from the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Partnership said: “The young drivers events are a great opportunity for those that have recently passed their test to become safer and more skilled as drivers. This is crucial in the Borders where we have a vast network of rural roads where driving conditions constantly change.

    “Every young driver pays high insurance premiums to get behind the wheel. This is because they are at greater risk of being involved in an accident. In partnership with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and John Cleland, our young drivers have the opportunity to learn new skills to drive safely with a greater awareness of dangers on the roads and build confidence in their driving ability. This course will be funded through sponsorship if you successfully pass, and this can significantly reduce car insurance costs.

     “Many young drivers learn the hard way by being involved in a car crash and too many parents in the Borders see the consequences, which can last a lifetime. I would welcome all young drivers to the events and see what is on offer.”

     Dates and venues:

     Friday 11 May – Duns (Old High School bus park)

     Friday 18 May – Hawick (Haugh car park)

     Friday 25 May – Galashiels (Netherdale car park)

     All events will run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

  • lbpolice 10:46 am on May 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘Inspector Rebus’ follows LBP_Police 

    Ian Rankin

    Crime writer Ian Rankin

    Edinburgh based crime writer Ian Rankin @Beathhigh has named  Lothian and Borders Police  as one of his 3 favourite follows in the Guardian newspaper last Sunday, 6th May.
    We can confirm it wasn’t set up to help him with his writing, but we’re pleased he finds it useful
    (along with 5000+ others)
    @beathhigh Author
    14,369 tweets
    652 following

    The Skinny @theskinnymag

    Culture and listings mag based in Scotland. Reviews, upcoming events, album releases, interviews. Well-written.

    John Self @john_self

    Likes books, links to info about new and forthcoming books and events, has GSOH. Seems well-connected.

    Lothian & Borders police @lbp_police

    I’m sure this Edinburgh-based account wasn’t set up purely to help me with my own writing. Also posts traffic reports etc.

  • lbpolice 12:23 pm on May 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , police board, police boxes,   

    Police boxes for sale 

    Lothian and Borders Police Board are putting some of Edinburgh’s iconic police boxes up for sale.
    More information and brochure http://bit.ly/ImtPki

    The world famous Police box or 'Tardis'

  • lbpolice 1:36 pm on April 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Next of kin appeal 

    Police in Edinburgh are appealing for assistance to help trace relatives of a man who died in the Capital on Thursday, April 19.

    John McElhinney (57), became unwell at his home address in Dean Village and was taken to the Western General Hospital, where he passed away. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, and a report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

    Mr McElhinney has no known relatives, although it is thought that he may have a brother in Vancouver, Canada. He may also have a niece or nephew.

    Anyone who has any information that can assist police in identifying relatives of Mr McElhinney should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131.

  • lbpolice 2:02 pm on April 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Chief Constable David Strang’s thoughts on recent crime… 

    Chief Constable David Strang’s thoughts on recent crime statistics, David Gilroy’s sentencing, and forthcoming events.

    CC’s Message

  • lbpolice 9:55 am on April 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Memorabilia stolen, West Lothian 

    LBP are appealing for information following a spate of break-ins to homes in West Lothian.

    In the most recent incident, a property in Main Street, East Whitburn, was targeted sometime between 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday night (April 25), with a large number of medals, jewellery and Masonic memorabilia taken.

    More info

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