Police hit Dunbar in two day operation

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Police in East Lothian have carried out a two-day enforcement initiative across Musselburgh, Prestonpans, Tranent, Haddington, Dunbar and North Berwick to target a number of offences.

The activity was undertaken as part of Operation Fusion and targeted various individuals for a range of crimes.

During the campaign, four men aged 23, 31, 43 and 56 were arrested and charged for sexual offences including public indecency and sexual assault.

Officers also detained 10 people in connection with eight assaults, which took place earlier this year.

Eight men aged 49, 20, 29, 20, 37, 32, 32 and 33 were all subsequently charged along with two women aged 35 and 42.

In addition, police executed drugs warrants at addresses in Prestonpans and Haddington where quantities of heroin, cocaine, diazepam, cannabis and cash worth £10,000 were recovered.

Various pieces of intelligence were also gathered during the two-days and will be progressed by officers during future investigations.

Chief Inspector Matt Paden said: “Operation Fusion is our ongoing initiative to tackle a range of different crimes taking place across East Lothian and our latest enforcement phase has resulted in numerous arrests and a great recovery of drugs and cash.

“The success of these operations is based on the information we receive from our local communities and I would urge anyone who knows of ongoing criminal activity in their area to come forward.

“I can assure you that we investigate all reports of crime seriously and your information could result in another Operation Fusion campaign in the future.”

Those with information relating to crime can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.