Police reveal more than 170 festive arrests

Police have appealed for witnesses

Police have appealed for witnesses

More than 170 people were arrested as police cracked down on violence, anti-social behaviour and road traffic offences over the festive period.

Over 130 of these arose from Operation Tinsel, a campaign launched throughout the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division in December aimed at targeting a number of offences which regularly occur over Christmas and New Year.

It resulted in 26 people being charged in connection with violent crimes across the Borders, with a further 28 individuals charged for domestic abuse offences. Local police also arrested 78 people for antisocial behaviour related offences throughout December and early January.

Commenting on the figures, Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson said: “We launched Operation Tinsel to provide reassurance to the public over the festive period, but also to send a clear message that crime within the Borders would not be tolerated.

“Local policing teams were out in large numbers to speak with communities and offer information on personal security as well as to detect and deter criminal activity in the region.

“Offences such as violence, domestic abuse and antisocial behaviour are policing priorities for the Borders and we have carried out significant enforcement activity in these areas to safeguard the public from harm.

“Operation Tinsel may have come to an end, but police in the Scottish Borders will continue to proactively target those involved in criminal activity and bring them to justice, while at the same time offering all the necessary crime prevention information to our communities.”

As well as cracking down on violence and anti-social behaviour, officers also took to Borders roads to crackdown on drivers flouting the law.

Although drink driving figures for the region were low with no one at all caught during the first two weeks, ? in week three and ? in week four, a robust police presence on the road network ence across during the holiday season resulted in 37 being reported to the Procurator Fiscal for a range of motoring offences including driving without insurance, speeding and using a mobile phone as well as driving whilst under the influence.




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