Police act on issues of most concern in Berwickshire

Photograph by Ian Georgeson, 'Police on patrol as part of the operation CAV (Campaign against Violence) officers from Police Scotland on the beat walking down Nicholson street/St Clerk street, Bridges, Pic: Super Int Matt Richards (Left) and Sgt Stevie Sutherland,
Photograph by Ian Georgeson, 'Police on patrol as part of the operation CAV (Campaign against Violence) officers from Police Scotland on the beat walking down Nicholson street/St Clerk street, Bridges, Pic: Super Int Matt Richards (Left) and Sgt Stevie Sutherland,

Police Scotland has drawn up individual plans for each of the 11 Scottish Borders Council wards based on the concerns of local communities.

After consulting with local residents it has emerged that in Mid Berwickshire the main concerns are: youths gathering in groups and causing a disturbance; underage drinking; speeding vehicles; vulnerable residents and problem neighbours. Concerns in East Berwickshire were very similar but also included youths causing a nuisance using off-road motorcycles and concern about vulnerable residents being targeted by doorstep callers.

Police Scotland has responded by sending out community patrols to areas of concern and talking to all parties, highlighting the impact of antisocial behaviour; targeting off-sales and licensed premises to raise awareness of underage drinking; roads officers targeting ‘hot spots’, stopping speeding drivers and charging them accordingly; and working with local housing providers to ensure a safe environment for vulnerable residents and sharing information to help with early intervention with, and eviction of, problem tenants.