OAPs on shoplifting spree for thrills

THRILL-SEEKING OAPs have been caught shoplifting in Galashiels.

PC Bob Millar told the town’s community council that in March officers arrested a number of elderly people for the crime, normally associated with younger culprits.

He added: “It seems to be for the thrill rather than absent-mindedness.”

PC Millar said that 72 crimes had been reported in the town centre during last month, with 55 incidents solved.

Reported crime for the year so far was down from 830 in 2011 to 531.

He added that Langlee had seen 144 incidents this year, of which 84 had been solved, also down on the figures for the corresponding months of 2011.

Meanwhile, PC John Lennon has been nominated for Lothian and Borders Community Officer of the Year.

The Galashiels-based policeman is expected to discover whether he has won the title later this month.