Festive operation arrests

MORE than 130 people were arrested in the Borders during Police Scotland’s Operation Tinsel.

During the month-long campaign 26 people were charged with violent crimes and a further 28 charged for domestic abuse offences.

Local policing teams also arrested 78 people for anti-social behaviour throughout December and early January.

As a result of a ‘robust presence’ on the Borders’ road network, 37 people have been reported for a range of motoring offences including drink driving, driving without insurance, speeding and using a mobile phone.

Chief Insp Kenny Simpson said: “We launched Operation Tinsel to provide reassurance to the public over the festive period, but also to send a clear message that crime within the Scottish Borders would not be tolerated.

“Local policing teams were out in large numbers to speak with communities and offer information on personal security as well as to detect and deter criminal activity.”

He added: “Operation Tinsel may have come to an end, but police in the Scottish Borders will continue to proactively target those involved in criminal activity and bring them to justice, while at the same time offering all the necessary crime prevention information to our communities.”