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Scottish Police questioned over policing numbers in the Borders

Concerns have been raised over Scottish Police numbers in the Borders. Credit: PA

Statistics show that the Scottish government have kept a pledge to increase officer numbers back in 2007.

But since the creation of single police force for Scotland in April 2013, concerns have been raised that policing in the Scottish Borders has been reduced.

Since the creation of a single force, police officers are now deployed right across the J division - that's East, West and Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.

914 police officers serve that region, and can be deployed anywhere within it.

People need to focus on the service they receive from the Police and actually their experience of crime and disorder in the Scottish Borders, which thankfully is relatively low in comparison certainly to the rest of this division and indeed to other areas in Scotland.

– Chief Superintendent Gill Imery

Last year, retired police inspector Harry Scott submitted a Freedom of Information Request to ask for details of officer deployment in the Borders on a number of specific dates.

He was told those precise figures could prejudice the prevention and detection of crime

I think it is something that Police Scotland needs to explain. I know financially things are not as good as they were, but I think there needs to be more transparency.

I think people will accept times were not as they were but I think people when you see everyday in the media, transport problems, people will not stand not being told what is wrong, and I think there needs to be more transparency on behalf of police Scotland on the levels of coverage being provided here.

– Harry Scott

Man arrested following M6 crash

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Police were called to the scene of a two vehicle car crash on the M6 at 9:40 this morning.

The crash between two black Ford Focus' happened Southbound between junction 41 and 42.

Nobody was injured.

One of the drivers was a 39 year old man from Blackpool who had two passengers in his car.

He was arrested after failing the roadside breath test.

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Carlisle man charged with rape

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A Carlisle man has been charged with rape.

Jonathan Corry, 23, of Longlands Road appeared before North Cumbria Magistrates this morning and was remanded in custody.

The charge relates to an incident in the early hours of Wednesday 12 August in the Chinese Gardens near Rickerby Park, Carlisle, where a 26-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted.

Corry will appear at Carlisle Crown Court next month.

WATCH: Tributes to tractor death victim, 10

Cumbria Police have released the name of a ten-year-old boy who died after being hit by a tractor. Michael Wolfe, who was known as Mikey, died at the scene of the crash on the main road through Longtown yesterday.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the crash, but today Mikey's family have paid tribute to a boy they say will be missed by everyone who knew him. Hannah McNulty reports.

CCTV cameras rolled out across Cumbria

CCTV cameras will be rolled out across the county. Credit: PA

A new network of CCTV cameras will be launched in Cumbria today.

The project has been commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes, and will be implemented by Cumbria Constabulary.

53 cameras will be operated across Carlisle, Workington, Kendal, Whitehaven, Penrith and Barrow, and more could be added if necessary.

The project will cost £2.5 million over the next seven years.

CCTV will play a vital role in delivering a safe and secure environment for people who live, work and visit Cumbria.

At the same time CCTV will help in reducing anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder as well as providing proactive support for the business community. When I came into Office in November 2012 there was the real prospect of all the CCTV cameras in the major urban areas across the county being switched off. Today, we have a state-of-the-art system which will be supported for the next seven years.”

– Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner

Man arrested following incident in Carlisle

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Police have made an arrest following an incident in Carlisle.

Officers were called to an address in Orchard Street in the city shortly before 2pm following concern for the welfare of a local man.

A cordon was put in place and officers, including a trained negotiator, were deployed to the scene. Armed police were also deployed as a precaution.

A-45 year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

The cordon will be lifted and the roads affected will be reopened in due course.

Police thank members of the public for their patience and cooperation.

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Suspicious car fire in Annan

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Investigations are underway to find the cause of what's believed to be a suspicious car fire in Annan.

A red VW Golf was found ablaze at around 2am today in the car park of the Corner House Hotel.

The car was badly damaged and a joint police and fire service investigation is taking place to establish the cause.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in or around the area of the Corner House car park in Annan in the early hours of Thursday 17 July 2015 and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious. They can call us on 101.

"As a result of this fire the car is burnt out inside and is extensively damaged."

– Constable Laurie Irving, Police Scotland in Annan

Two killed in head-on Borders road crash

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Two people have been killed in a two-vehicle, head-on crash in the Scottish Borders.

A 67-year-old woman sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene when her Volkswagen Polo collided with an Audi A6 on the A7 about a mile north of Stow at 4:35pm yesterday.

The male driver of the Audi and his two female passengers were all taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for various injuries, where one of the women, aged 95, passed away in the early hours of this morning.

Both other occupants are not believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

Police closed the road for around six hours while they conducted their inquiries and are now urging anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward.

“Tragically, this incident has resulted in the death of two women and we are now working to establish exactly what happened.

“I would ask that any motorists who were on the A7 near Stow yesterday and have information that can assist with our investigation contacts police immediately.”

– Sergeant Brian Smith

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Witnesses sought after Borders road crash

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Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following a one-vehicle collision that left the driver with serious injuries.

The collision happened on the B6355 Chirnside to Ayton Road near to Peelwalls Farm, Berwickshire at around 4.30pm yesterday.

A silver Seat Alhambra car left the road while negotiating a double bend. It struck a tree before coming to rest down an embankment.

The 43-year-old male driver sustained serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

His condition is now described as stable.

The road was closed for around four hours to allow police to carry out a collision investigation.

Officers are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to come forward.

"This accident has unfortunately left the driver with serious injuries.

"We are keen to establish the full circumstances and would ask anyone with information to contact us."

– Police Constable Davy Johnson of Roads Policing

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or who saw the vehicle at another point yesterday is asked to call police on 101.

Police hunt Lochmaben flasher

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Police are hunting for an alleged flasher after two women in Lochmaben reported a man indecently exposing himself in front of them.

Officers say the first incident happened in Castle Street in the town sometime between 7am and 8am on Tuesday 30 June when an elderly lady was confronted by a man described as being about 19/20 years of age who was wearing tracksuit bottoms and a grey hooded top when he exposed himself.

In the second incident, a woman was sitting in a parked car in Princes Street at around 6:45am on Friday 10 July when a man appeared at the car and pulled down his trousers. He is described as being about 19 years of age, around 6’ tall, slim build, dark hair, wearing light blue tracksuit bottoms and a grey hooded top.

“This is an unusual type of crime for this area and to have had two similar reports within a matter of days, with a similar description of the culprit and at similar times of the day does indicate that they may be linked.

"We are appealing to anyone who can help us trace this man to get in touch with us on 101 if they can help."

– Local Area Commander Inspector Gordon McKnight
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