Black Path safety concerns

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A GALASHIELS police officer has denied the Black Path is a no go area of the town.

Sergeant Duncan Marker said reports last month of anti-social behaviour on the popular cycling and walking route turned out to be a group of men who were baring their backsides to passersby, with one of the men arrested.

Community council chairman Ian Purvis said: “In the last six or seven weeks I have heard a number of people express concerns about the Black Path. We would not like any part of the town to become a no-go area.”

By Sgt Marker replied: “I would not see it that way. But we might have to look at it again to see how we can make people feel safe.”

A total of 28 crimes were recorded in the town centre during October, with 15 in the more rural areas of Galashiels.

Sgt Marker said a community safety day was planned in the Gala Park area.