Council chief charged

POLICE on the hunt for kerb crawlers in a red-light district of Edinburgh have arrested a senior Borders council, writes Bob Burgess

Farmer Alex Nicol was stopped and quizzed by officers late on Tuesday night.

The Kelso councillor was arrested and taken to Leith station where he was further quizzed and charged with Breach of the Peace.

He was one of two men arrested on the same night.

Both were later freed and are expected to appear in court at a later date.

Councillor Nicol who holds SBC s education and lifelong learning portfolio was stopped shortly before midnight in the Salamander Street area of Leith.

Councillor Nicol has been the councillor Kelso and District since 1999.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Police in Edinburgh told The Southern: "Following complains by local residents about motorists in the Leith area an initiative has been launched.

"Last night (Tuesday) two motorists were stopped by police and after being questioned were charged and reports are going to the procurator fiscal."

Last week more than 70 residents demonstrated with placards as they marched from their homes to Leith Police Station. They claim that at certain times the area has become a no-go area for local women.

Police now have an arrangement with the local procurator fiscal that motorists spotted in the area three or more times will be stopped for questioning.

Mr Nicol was not available for comment and Lib Dem council leader John Scott said it was not an issue he would comment on at this stage.