Mobile police station heading for Berwickshire

ONE of the two extra police contact vehicles being provided in the Borders to mitigate the closure of three unmanned police stations will be based in Berwickshire.

At Monday’s meeting of the Lothian and Borders Police Board, they approved the Chief Constable’s proposal to provide the two additional vehicles. Board member Councillor Trevor Jones (Mid-Berwickshire), who has been asking for more police contact with the towns and villages in Berwickshire, is delighted with the decision.

He said: “These vehicles will be used to run surgeries in remote areas, support local events and used to support crime prevention initiatives.”

A police spokesman said: “Lothian and Borders Police are committed to continual engagement with our local communities and to providing a visible police presence throughout the Scottish Borders.

“While unmanned police stations in West Linton, Newcastleton and Innerleithen are scheduled for closure, local officers will take possession of two new community contact vehicles.

“The addition of these vehicles brings the total within the Scottish Borders to three and will allow police to reach all members of our communities at any time and address any issues or concerns they may have.

“We have also, over the past couple of years, tripled the number of community-based officers working in the division. These officers carry out regular patrols and hold surgeries in their local areas to offer crime prevention advice and provide reassurance to our communities.”

Chief Superintendent Graham Sinclair, G Division Commander, confirmed that the vehicle deployed in Berwickshire would spend time in Coldstream and Duns as well as supporting the outlying villages.