Latest police report for Midlothian area

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The annual scrutiny report by Police Scotland for Midlothian was delivered to the Police, Fire and Rescue Board meeting last month.

There were 79 violent crimes, a drop of 8.1 per cent. The detection rate for all group one crime was 94.9 per cent, up 13.5 per cent.

In 2015/16 43 people were killed or seriously injured on Midlothian’s roads, 14 more than the previous year. While, there were 37 detections for dangerous driving, an increase of 42.3 per cent.

Anti-social behaviour complaints increased by 3.9 per cent. And 74 offences were detected for drugs supply, up 7.2 per cent. Between June 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016 police carried out 1,281 stop and searches for drugs in Midlothian, with a positive return of 27.8 per cent, above the national figure of 26.6 per cent.

Elsewhere, there were 681 crimes and offences of domestic abuse, down from 740. While, police detected 515 offences of domestic abuse in 2015/16, a detection rate of 75.6 per cent, achieving the year end target of 75 per cent.

Police recorded 159 domestic housebreakings, an increase of 54.4 per cent from the previous year. The detection rate was 35 per cent, up from 34 per cent.