Dec 242014

Tawny OwlPolice in East Lothian are investigating the shooting of an owl near Gifford.

The bird appears to have been shot sometime on the night of 18th of December, and was discovered near the B6355 road, south of Gifford, after a report of damage to a telephone line. The birds remains have since been positively identified as that of a Tawny Owl.

Police are asking for anyone with any information about this, or any other wildlife crime, to contact them on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Dec 092014

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian can now confirm the identity of a man who died following a road collision on the A198 Gullane to North Berwick road in the early hours of Monday 8th December.

He was 47-year-old Kenneth Mason from Gullane.

Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and anyone with information that can assist officers with their investigation is asked to come forward immediately.

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101.

Nov 122014

Police ScotlandPolice in Musselburgh are appealing for witnesses to the theft of a shopping bag from an elderly lady yesterday (Tuesday, November 11).

The incident occurred at around 3.30pm, when the 78-year-old woman was walking along Inveresk Brae.  The first suspect approached the woman from behind and pushed her, causing her to lose her balance.  Her shopping bag was then snatched from her grasp. 

The first suspect was also accompanied by another man who was riding a bike.  Both men ran away in the direction of Newbigging.  While the woman was uninjured, she was badly shaken as a result of the attack.

Both suspects are described as white men with short dark hair.  They are both around 5ft 8” to 6ft in height and have a medium build.  They are both also believed to be in their late 20’s to early 30’s and were wearing a black jackets.

This incident follows a spate of robberies and attempted robberies that have occurred in the Musselburgh area since Saturday, October 4.  Police are appealing to the public for information regarding these robberies, as they are causing increasing concern.

Inspector Andrew Harborow said:

This was a despicable robbery of an elderly lady, who would have appeared to be easy prey for these two men. 

While the victim was unharmed, she was left badly shaken as result of this incident.   We find this attack deplorable and we are extremely keen to bring these men swiftly to justice. 

This incident is following a series of robberies over the last six weeks and we are increasingly concerned about the number of incidents that are occurring and the potential for some one to be badly hurt during one of these attacks.

Anyone who has information regarding this incident should immediately contact Police Scotland on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sep 092014

Scott HamiltonPolice Scotland has confirmed the identity of a man whose body was discovered on a beach in Prestonpans at the weekend.

Scott Hamilton, who was 27-years-old and from the Port Seaton area, was found by a dog walker at around 6.30am on Saturday 6th September.

His death is being treated as unexplained pending the result of a post mortem examination.

Police Scotland officers in East Lothian are trying to establish the full circumstances leading up to the discovery of Mr Hamilton’s remains.

Detective Superintendent Pat Campbell said:

We are keen to speak to members of the public who may have come into contact with Scott Hamilton or who saw him on the afternoon of Friday 5th September through to the discovery of his body the following morning. Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

Jul 212014
Gavin McIntyre

Gavin McIntyre

Police Scotland is appealing for information to help trace a man reported missing in Edinburgh.

Gavin McIntyre was known to be in the Morningside area of the city at around 1.30pm on Monday 21st July.

However, the 35-year-old from Market Street in Haddington has not been seen or heard from since and concern is now growing for his welfare.

Gavin knows the East Lothian and Edinburgh areas very well and has previously travelled recreationally throughout the UK.

Anyone who can assist police in locating him is asked to come forward.

He is described as white, 6ft tall with long hair and wearing blue trousers, brown slip on shoes and a white hooded top with horizontal coloured stripes.

Inspector Murray Tait said:

Police, are getting increasingly concerned for Gavin, as he has not been in contact with friends or family since being reported missing.

Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police immediately.

Similarly, Gavin is also asked to get in touch and let us know he is safe and well.

Those with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

Jul 072014

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian are investigating an incident of vandalism at Prestonkirk Church in East Linton last week.

The incident happened between 11pm on Wednesday 2nd July and 10.30am on Thursday 3rd July, when the suspects entered the church and bent and removed several of the organ pipes. The damage is estimated to be around £7000.

Police are keen to trace those responsible and are asking for anyone who was in the area at the time or who noticed anything suspicious at the beginning of June to contact Police Scotland.

Inspector Ian Mackay said:

This act of vandalism has caused significant damage to the church organ. Anyone with information that can assist with our inquiries is asked to contact police on 101.