Thieves strike in Newcastleton

Police are appealing for information following recent break-ins at two businesses in Newcastleton.

Enquiries are under way after thieves broke into Rock UK in Whithaugh Park sometime between 6pm on Sunday, July 27 and 8am on Monday, July 28, making off with a lap-top, a drill and other electronic devices.

And at around 10.45pm on Friday (August 1), a lap-top was taken during a break-in at office space in Whitchester Lane. Three mountain bikes were also stolen from an outhouse at the same location, although the bikes were later recovered close by.

Inspector John Reid said: “These break-ins happening in the same area and in the matter of a few days is obviously a concern, and our officers are working hard to identify those responsible.

“Police Scotland is keen to raise awareness among local residents and workers and to remind people of the need to make sure that premises are securely locked when not in use.”

Anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the Newcastleton area in recent days or who has any information which may help with the investigations should contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively, phone the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.