Jul 222012


A 17-year-old male has been arrested and charged with alleged reckless conduct following the discharge of flares in North Berwick.

A group of youths arrived in the town earlier today and during their visit six flares were stolen from a beached boat.

Five of these were then buried in the sand, while one was set off.

Police and coastguard attended and recovered three of the buried flares. However, two remain unaccounted for. A police spokesman said: “Flares are an essential tool for alerting maritime officials to persons in danger while at sea. They are not toys.

“Officers will continue to search for the missing flares. However, dog walkers, joggers and other beach users should contact police immediately if they come across these items .”

The male is scheduled to appear in Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday 23rd July.

Jul 172012


Police in East Lothian are investigating a deliberate fire-raising that happened at John Muir Country Park in Dunbar at the weekend.

The fire destroyed a building under construction at Belhaven Bay, which was intended to provide toilets and shower facilities for surfers and visitors to the beach.

The incident happened around 2.30am on Saturday (July 14), and police are appealing for anyone with any information that can assist their inquiries to come forward.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: “This was a wanton act of vandalism that has destroyed a facility that was being built for use by the general public, and we are keen for any information that can help us trace whoever is responsible.

“We are appealing to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area in the early hours of Saturday morning to contact police. Anyone else who has any other information that can assist our enquiries should also get in touch.”

A spokesperson for East Lothian Council said: “It’s a real shame that this has happened. This was not just a toilet block but had outdoor showers for swimmers and surfers plus storage facilities for local sports groups – so would have been a real asset to the local community and visitors to the area.

“It was very near completion but has been totally destroyed. We hope that anyone with information on who is responsible for this contacts the police.”

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

Jul 122012

Northumbria Police are appealing for help to trace a missing Northumberland man.

David Wright, who is 55, has not been seen since Saturday, July 7, and police are trying to contact him.

David is described as being around 5ft 8ins tall, with short sandy coloured hair in a side parting.

He was last seen in the Morpeth area at 9:40am on Saturday, July 7, and told friends he was going to shops in Morpeth.

When he was last seen he was wearing a khaki coloured shirt, black trousers, black trainers and a dark jacket.

David has been reported missing before and was found in the Aberdeen area.

Officers are carrying out enquiries and anyone with any information into David’s whereabouts is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 ext: 69191

Jul 062012

Lothian and Borders Police LogoLothian and Borders Police have issued a fresh appeal for information following a fatal collision on the Edinburgh City Bypass.

Paul Coutts, 35, died after being involved in a collision with an articulated TESCO delivery vehicle at around 11.40pm on Friday 29th June.

A number of witnesses have been traced but officers are still keen to speak with the occupants of a car, which is thought to have overtaken the lorry around the time of the collision.

A police spokesman said:

Unfortunately we do not have a description of the car. However, given the time of night, there would have been limited traffic on the road and, as the lorry is quite distinctive, someone may remember driving past it.

Enquiries are ongoing however police are treating this as a tragic accident and are satisfied that no other factors contributed to this fatality.

Absolute MADDness

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Jul 042012

Belhaven Bikes in Dunbar recently brought the MADD Stunt Scooter team to Dunbar Primary School and The Space in North Berwick. The events were a great success, enjoyed by crowds of youngsters (and not so youngsters) in the county. Here’s some pics just to show you a little of what they got up to. Enjoy!


Jul 042012

Lothian and Borders Police LogoLothian and Borders Police are warning members of the public to stay vigilant following the attempted theft of some copper cabling in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian.

Sometime between 11pm on Friday (June 29) and 7am on Saturday (June 30) a series of holes were dug around four lampposts directly behind Cockpen Crescent.

Although no cabling had been removed, it is likely the holes had been dug to prepare for future access.

Police are urging joggers and dog walkers to take care in the area as the holes are very large and the lampposts along the path are not working at the moment.

The cost of the damage caused is estimated to be around £1200.

A police spokesperson said:

We are appealing for anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact us on 0131 311 3131.

We would also take this opportunity to remind people that this kind of activity is extremely dangerous, and anyone involved is putting their own safety, and the safety of others, at serious risk.

Anyone with any information should contact: