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.

Jan 172014

Police ScotlandPolice in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses after a 16 year old boy was assaulted in Prestonpans on Wednesday about 1.10pm (15th January).

The victim was walking home for lunch through the lane between Preston Lodge Park and Nethershott Road.

He was approached by a man and asked for the time. As the victim was checking the time on his phone, the suspect slashed the right side of the victim’s face with a sharp implement. The suspect then ran in the direction of Preston Lodge High School.

Officers are now keen to trace anyone who was in the area at the time or who may have information that can assist with their enquiries.

The suspect is described as white, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in, between the age of 18 to 25 years old, thin build, clean shaven, local accent and wearing a purple New York Yankees baseball cap, black hooded top with a white logo on the front, grey cotton joggers.

A Police Scotland spokesman said:

This was an unprovoked attack on a teenage boy, who was left distressed by the incident and with a one inch wound that required stitches.

Anyone who recognises the description of the suspect or has any other information relevant to this investigation is asked to come forward.

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mar 192013

wpid-LBPolice.pngPolice are warning shop owners in East Lothian to be vigilant following a number of incidents where counterfeit banknotes have been used at shops in Prestonpans and Tranent.

A total of 14 counterfeit notes have been passed to a variety of retailers in each town since Monday, March 4.  While some have been detected before a transaction has taken place, others have been successfully used to purchase goods.

The notes are described as Royal Bank of Scotland £20 and £10 notes.  The £20 notes all display the same serial number B/81 626676, while the £10 notes display the serial D/19 406339.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said:

There is a significant difference in quality compared to genuine notes, nonetheless they have been successfully passed on a number of occasions, and we are warning shop owners and staff to be vigilant.

Looking at the paper quality, print quality metallic security thread and watermark are three simple ways of checking if a note is counterfeit.  Counterfeit banknote detection pens are available at low cost, and are easy to use.

If anyone suspects they have been handed a fake note, then they should seize it and contact the police.  It is a criminal offence to hold or pass a note that you know to be counterfeit.

Anyone who would like further crime prevention advice should contact their Local Community Officer, who will arrange a suitable appointment.

Anyone with any information about counterfeit notes being used in their area should contact police on 101, or make an anonymous report through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

May 312012

Lothian and Borders Police LogoPolice in East Lothian are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously assaulted in Prestonpans High Street in the early hours of this morning (Thursday).

The 35-year-old victim suffered a fractured jaw and cheekbone in the attack, which happened around 1.30am, and was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.  He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said:

We want to speak to anyone who was in the area of the High Street in Prestonpans in the early hours of this morning, who may have witnessed the incident or saw or heard anything suspicious.

Anyone else who has any information that can assist our inquiries should also get in touch.

Anyone with any information can contact:

May 172012

Lothian and Borders Police LogoLothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses following a racial incident at a shop in East Lothian.

The disturbance happened around 9.15pm at the Best One store on Prestonpans High Street.

A man entered the premises and began shouting racial abuse at staff whilst acting aggressively.

A male customer then escorted the man from the shop and police were contacted.

Officers are now keen to hear from anyone who can assist with their enquiries.

The suspect is described as white, around 30-years-old, 5ft 9ins tall with a medium build and short light-brown hair. He was wearing white trainers and a grey Jack Wills hooded top with “Wills” on the back and JW on the front.

A police spokesman said:

The suspect did not physically assault any of the staff or customers within. However, his demeanour was of concern to them and we are carrying out enquiries to establish his identity.

We are particularly keen to hear from the customer who removed the man from the store and would ask him to contact police immediately.

Similarly, anyone with any other information that can help our investigation is also asked to come forward.

Anyone with any information can contact:

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