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Police Scotland crackdown on metal thefts

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Police in the south of Scotland have been carrying out road checks as part of their ongoing crackdown on metal thieves.

Operation Scandium has been running since July 2015, when the project was given £600,000 funding from Transport Scotland.

During that time, police have stopped 5,750 motorists and caught over 100 people dealing in scrap metal without the correct licences.

"We do a lot of prevention work as well, we have a crime reduction officer through in Annandale and Eskdale and throughout the rest of the region.

"So we look to look at the prevention aspects as well as the detection."

– Sergeant Anna Boyd, Police Scotland

Police Scotland appeal for new recruits

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Police Scotland is searching for new recruits in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Aspiring police officers have to be over 18 years old, physically fit, and have the right attitude.

In return, the force says they'll learn new skills, and make a real difference to their communities.

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Thirteen Christmas drink-drivers caught in D&G

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Thirteen motorists were caught under the influence of drink or drugs in Dumfries & Galloway over the Christmas season.

Across Scotland 3.3% of drivers stopped between 2nd December and 2nd January were found to be over the limit - a rise from the 2.8% for the same period last year.

Given the publicity that is given to drink-driving every year, it beggars belief that people still put the lives of others and themselves at risk by drink or drug driving on our roads.

Road policing officers have had a presence in all six regions in the West of Scotland over the campaign period to detect those who insist on displaying such selfish behaviour and risking the safety of other road users.

While the drink-drive campaign is over, road safety remains a priority for us and we will continue to patrol road to detect anyone who flouts the law.

– Chief Inspector David McKenzie, Police Scotland

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