The Assistant Chief Constable of Police Scotland has released a statement in response to proposals for public counter provision to be reduced across the region.
"Following the launch on Tuesday this week of the public consultation into our review of public counter provision, it was good to see a wide range of views expressed in the media yesterday.
"Over the next 4 weeks of the consultation period, we want to continue to hear feedback from the public, elected members and partners in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. Information about our proposals has been loaded onto the Police Scotland website and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.
"Having reviewed all the media reporting on this important issue yesterday, there is only one point that I would like to make absolutely clear.
"This salient point is that my review of the public counter provision is definitely not about closing entire police station buildings.
"My review is about rationalising the front counter provision and making front counter opening hours consistent across the country and it's absolutely geared toward meeting local demand.
"It's also about keeping as many police officers as possible out on the street, where they belong, keeping people safe."
Items worth nearly £2000 have been stolen during a break-in at Watch Water Fishery Lodge in Duns in the Scottish Borders. A telescope and 1500 Caledonia fishing flies were stolen sometime on Friday or Saturday. Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses.
A bird of prey found dead in the Scottish Borders had been poisoned, police said.
The buzzard was discovered by a member of the public close to Carcant Hill in the Herriot area on Sunday June 30.
The bird, which was in a badly decomposed state, was sent for forensic analysis.
It was initially confirmed that it had been shot with a shotgun pellet.
Further analysis confirmed the cause of death was the direct result of poisoning.
Potentially we are talking about baits laced with poison that have been laid out in the open countryside for this bird to feed on.
The use of poison is always of grave concern because it has the potential for indiscriminate contact beyond the birds illegally targeted and could therefore kill pets, other wildlife or anything else that may come into contact with it.
– PC Hannah Medley, Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer for Police Scotland.
Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
"Quality assurance is not something that is applied to illicit drugs, a fact that is supported by forensic analysis.
"You have no idea what you may have taken or the effect on your body. Drug dealers do not care what they are peddling, they are only interested in making money and do not care about the devastating effects of incidents like this may have on the local community and the families of those concerned.
"The circumstance of this death is something we are actively investigating and would like to assure the public that we will take every opportunity to report the persons responsible for supplying such a substance."