Nine arrests after police crackdown on housebreaking in Midlothian

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Nine people have been arrested for housebreaking in Midlothian as part of an ongoing police initiative tackling burgaries.

Operation Bistra, launched on December 5, has been investigating numerous break-ins and officers from across Lothians and Scottish Borders division are providing a high visibility presence to act as a deterrant.

Thenine suspects, aged between 16 and 37, were charged following incidents in Dalkeith, Penicuik, Newtongrange and Roslin between December 5 and 16.

A total of £5760 of stolen property has also been recovered and returned to owners.

Detective Inspector Paul Batten said: “Tackling housebreaking and associated offences is a priority in the Lothians and Scottish Borders and Operation Bistra has been specifically launched to ensure we deter acquisitive crime around homes and businesses and bring offenders to justice.

“This is particularly important during the festive period when homes, sheds, garages and cars may be storing high-value gifts and other items so please make sure your properties and vehicles are appropriately secured with any valuables stored safely out of sight.

“We offer a range of really useful crime prevention advice on our website and this can be obtained by visiting Police Scotland or by visiting Lock Down Crime in Midlothian.

“I would also urge communities to be vigilant of suspicious activity around not only their own properties, but those of their family, friends and neighbours and report any concerns to police immediately on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”