Arrests as police launch campaigns

Operation Tinsel is underway in the Borders.
Operation Tinsel is underway in the Borders.

A number of arrests have been made in the region as police officers aim to make this festive season a safe one for the Borders.

Last week saw the start of the police’s annual Christmas crackdown on drink driving as well as the start of Operation Tinsel- an initiative running throughout the Lothian and Borders area to crack down on problems such as domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour.

And the campaigns brought very different results in their first week.

Although 92 breath tests were carried out by officers in the Borders targeting drivers getting behind the wheel while over the limit, all were negative.

In contrast Operational Tinsel saw charges brought against 25 people.

Domestic abuse, which is a priority issue for Police Scotland, continues to be targeted over Christmas and New Year and so far, seven men and one woman have been arrested for offences that took place across in the past week.

Four men and three women have also been charged with alleged crimes of violence as well as nine men and one woman being charged for anti-social behaviour in various locations across the region.

Operation Tinsel will continue into early January and those responsible for criminal activity within the Borders are reminded that additional resources are currently in place to detect offences and bring them to justice.

Inspector Carol Wood said: “Those who have already been arrested have either appeared in court or remain in police custody, which is no way to spend the festive period.

“Local police officers will continue to provide a high-visibility presence within their communities and anyone found to be involved in crimes of any sort can expect to be dealt with.

“Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe over Christmas and New Year.”