Police in the Scottish Borders are reminding the public to be wary of phone calls from people who claim to be working for companies assisting with claiming Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) refunds.
They say there are a number of legitimate companies who assist with making claims in relation to PPI’s however the police are finding there are criminals who are taking advantage of this.
In a statement they said:
These criminals will cold-call members of the public pretending to be from a legitimate company. They state that the person is due a sum of money as they have been mis-sold PPI in the past. The caller then requests that a payment is made to cover administration costs and this should be made using payment schemes such as U-Kash or Western Union.
– Lothian and Borders Police
A Police spokesperson added:
“We would advise people to be very wary of such calls and not to send money. If you feel that you may have been mis-sold PPI in the past then there are a number of legitimate companies who you can contact for assistance.”
A 43-year-old was left with a fractured skull, after falling from his bike outside the Borders General Hospital at around 6.30pm on 15th November.
The cyclist is currently being treated in hospital, however his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses with any information to come forward.
Road Policing Officers are investigating the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
"We are still trying to establish how the cyclist fell from his bike and are keen to hear from pedestrians or motorists who were in the area just after 6.30pm on Wednesday."Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to contact police immediately."
Police are appealing for information after a female shop assistant was assaulted in Pebbles yesterday (13th November).
The attack happened at around 4.45pm at Thistle Quilting on Peebles High Street.
A man, described as white, in his 40's, around 5'10", of medium build with short black hair, entered the shop, assaulted the shop assistant then ran off in the direction of North Bridge.
He is described as wearing a navy jacket and blue jeans.
A Police spokesperson said:
“This appears to have been an unprovoked attack which has left the victim very shaken. I would urge anyone who has information in relation to this incident to contact Peebles Police station on 01721720637 or contact the Crimestoppers Charity anonymously on 0800 111555."
Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses after 200 packs of medication was stolen from Hawick Medical Practice.
The drugs were taken from the Teviot Road premises between Saturday October 26th and Monday October 22nd.
Dihydrocodeine, Diazepam, Codeine Phosphate, Zopiclone, Lorazapam, Nitrazepam and Cionazepam were among the items taken.
"Some of these tablets are very high-strength and could have serious health implications if taken by anyone other than the person they're prescribed to.
"While we are following a positive line of inquiry in terms of tracing the suspect, we would encourage anyone who is offered or comes across this medication to hand it in to a police station or pharmacy as a matter of urgency."
– Spokesperson, Lothian and Borders Police
Police we are appealing for anyone who may have been aware of suspicious activity in the area of Teviot Road, Hawick, at the weekend to get in touch on 0131 311 3131.