Apr 012013

ToddlebikeRiding high on the winning results of Dunbar Primary and Grammar in the Big Pedal competition, Belhaven Bikes are keen to encourage the ‘next generation’ of cyclists.

Belhaven Bikes has discovered the Toddlebike which has been specially designed with toddlers in mind and introduces cycling to the youngest members of the family. In conjunction with Toddlebike, they are currently seeking independent, active toddlers to take part in the 2013 Toddlebike Trial.

Now in its third year, the Toddlebike Trial is looking for 100 riders aged around 15-24 months to ‘road test’ a Toddlebike for around 3 months this Summer and report back on their progress. The Trial is free of charge (£15 deposit).

Toddlebike is a unique ‘pre-balance’ bike that gets Toddlers on the way to independent riding as soon as they can walk and fills the gap between baby ride-ons and balance or pedal bikes. Belhaven Bikes have a demo Toddlebike in their shop in Dunbar.

If you have a child who you think would enjoy the challenge of learning to ride a Toddlebike, then please contact Belhaven Bikes for further information on 01368 860300 or email info@belhavenbikes.co.uk

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Dec 122012

L&B Police LogoLothian and Borders Police are launching their Christmas safety drive in East Lothian to ensure local residents have a safe and enjoyable festive season.

At this time of the year, the Police want to ensure that all communities have a safe and merry Christmas. They will be undertaking a range of initiatives to ensure this is the case and would ask that the public assist by taking the necessary steps, whether in preventing crime or drinking responsibly.

Operation Essential

Working with partners, officers will be highlighting issues such as domestic abuse, antisocial behaviour and theft. Under Operation Essential, a dedicated team of officers will be working specifically on housebreaking and theft. As part of this they will go after known offenders and work with partners to raise awareness of the importance of home security to try and deter criminals.

Operation Equinox

In addition, Operation Equinox will see increased patrols in identified hot spot areas targeting anti social behaviour and violence. There will also be dedicated retail initiatives in Haddington and Musselburgh town centres, as well as extra high visibility patrols in other towns. Community Safety officers will carry out a series of road shows highlighting ATM security, safe shopping online and how to avoid falling victim to scams this Christmas.

Drink Driving

The national drink drive campaign is now under way  and local officers will be supporting this through the Winter Safety Roadshows. At these events people will be given information and advice on how to deal with adverse weather, and keeping your car winter ready.

Superintendent Phil O’Kane said:

Everyone is busy in the run up to Christmas, but we want to make sure people in East Lothian enjoy safe, secure Christmas celebrations as it is also one of our busiest times of year.

We will have more officers out and about in our towns and villages over the coming weeks, but are asking people to take steps to avoid falling victim to crime, whether it be keeping personal belongings safe, or drinking sensibly if you’re enjoying a night out.

Information and advice on crime prevention is available on the Lothian and Borders Police website, and I would encourage people to follow the tips provided to make sure they stay safe this Christmas.

Anyone seeking further information or advice regarding personal or home security should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131 and ask to speak to their local crime prevention officer, or consult the website at www.lbp.police.uk.

Security Advice

Locations where community safety officers will be highlighting security issues:
18/12/12 – Tesco, North Berwick (morning)
20/12/12 – Asda, Dunbar (morning)
21/12/12 – Brunton Theatre (12 – 3pm)

House Thefts in Dunbar

Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses and issuing a home security warning following a series of thefts from properties in East Lothian.

Between Thursday 6th and Monday 10th December, seven properties in Dunbar were entered and various high-value goods were stolen.

Items such as tablet computers, laptops, jewellery, cash and cars have been stolen during the incidents which happened at addresses in Steadings Gardens, John Muir Crescent, Winterfield Golf Club, Wilson Road, Muirfield Road, Haddington Road and Thurston Home Farm Cottages.

All of the thefts are believed to have happened overnight and police are urging anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in these areas recently to come forward.

Local officers will also be out on high-visibility patrol to engage with members of the public and offer crime prevention advice wherever it’s required.

Inspector Bob Rodriguez said:

The victims in all of these thefts have been left devastated at the theft of their property and anyone who can help us trace those responsible is asked to contact police immediately.

With Christmas approaching, many homes are currently full of gifts and other items, which are attractive targets for criminals.

Our communities are reminded to ensure their properties are appropriately secured at all times and that valuable items and stored safely.

Local officers will be issuing crime prevention leaflets in the coming days and weeks, which provide all the necessary information on helping deter crime within your home or workplace.

Anyone who would like further advice can visit the Lothian and Borders Police website at www.lbp.police.uk.

Those with information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

Sep 282012

L&B Police LogoLothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorbike appears to have been involved in an accident at Thistly Cross roundabout near Dunbar on Sunday (September 23).

The blue Yamaha was found on the carriageway about 1.20pm, and two men were seen walking away from it, and getting into a white van that was nearby.

Police are now appealing for anyone who may have seen what had actually happened with the bike to contact them.

A police spokesman said:

We are working to establish exactly how the bike came to be abandoned on the road on Sunday afternoon, and would appeal for anyone with any information regarding this to get in touch.

The people involved in the accident have never reported it, and we are keen to identify the rider to ensure they were not injured as a result.

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police via:

Aug 082012
Win an MGP VX2 Pro orange

Win an MGP VX2 Pro

Dunbar Skate Association is holding a party at Dunbar’s Skatepark to raise funds in order to improve the Skatepark. This will coincide with the Tree Scheme Fayre and all fundraising on the day will go to the Skatepark fund.

Karen Bell, Dunbar Senior Youth Worker commented

It will be a great asset to Dunbar to get the skatepark improved.

Cathy Peters, of Dunbar Tree Scheme said

The kids are really excited about the party this Saturday and of the prospect of skatepark improvements.

Belhaven Bikes have donated a scooter as 1st prize – an MGP VX2 Pro. Raffle tickets are available to buy at Belhaven Bikes and will also be available for purchase on Saturday 11 August 2012 at the Dunbar Skatepark Party. The draw will take place on 27 August 2012 and winners notified soon after.

BMX, Skate or Scoot…along to the Dunbar Skatepark Jam!

Dunbar Skatepark Jam

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.

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!