Cross-border arrest made

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A cross-border police effort has seen a man arrested in England, in connection with a series of crimes in the Borders.

Between September 2014 and January this year, three houses were broken into in Hawick, and there were two reports of thefts from vehicles in Cockburnspath. A further 16 offences were reported in East Lothian.

Borders police have now arrested a man in connection with the incidents.

They joined officers from East Lothian at Bishop Auckland Police Station on June 30, to interview the 31-year-old man, and he has now been charged with all of the incidents.

Chief Inspector Andy McLean local area commander for the Scottish Borders, said this week: “Thanks to our cross-border co-operation with colleagues at Bishop Auckland Police Station we were able to charge a male in connection with these offences.

“We will not tolerate criminal activity of any kind within the Scottish Borders and whenever those responsible commit a crime in our area we will use all the resources at our disposal to pursue them robustly, even if they leave the region.

“Our communities can be assured that we have excellent working relationships with officers across Police Scotland’s divisions, as well as in forces across the country so that we can work together to bring offenders to justice.”