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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

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Foreign Office: 'thoughts with Andrew Watt's family'

Andrew Watt Credit: Julie Sheppard

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says its thoughts are with the family of a Scottish Borders man, who died in France.

Andrew Watt passed away in 2010, and his mother is campaigning for a full investigation to be held into his death.

Our thoughts remain with Mr Watt’s family as they continue to examine the circumstances of his death. The investigation into his death is a matter for the French authorities because we cannot interfere in the legal and judicial proceedings of another country, just as we would not allow them to interfere in the UK.

– Foreign Office spokesman

Mother to protest at Foreign Office over son's death

Andrew Watt Credit: Julie Sheppard

A Selkirk woman whose son died in north west France in 2010, has travelled to London to protest outside the Foreign Office.

Andrew Watt's mother, Julie Sheppard, is calling for the British government to take more action to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

In 2015, a coroner recorded an open verdict into his death.

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