Locals fight back against crime in Mayfield

Locals in Mayfield at their peaceful protest against crime in the area
Locals in Mayfield at their peaceful protest against crime in the area

Angry local residents have gathered in Mayfield to protest against crimes caused, they claim, by an influx of social housing tenants.

Around 30 people held a peaceful protest over a recent spate of burglaries and drug problems on Langlaw Road, which they attribute to Melville Housing tenants moving there in the past year.

The protest came after a number of thefts and attempted thefts in the early hours of June 15 in the Mayfield area.

Jackie Drummond, co-ordinator of Langlaw Road Neighbourhood Watch, said locals are “agitated”.

Andrew Noble, chief executive of Melville Housing said: “We will engage with police over these specific concerns that have been raised.”

Inspector Michelle Ritchie said: “Officers continue to engage with local residents and the neighbourhood watch group to address concerns.

“A number of the crimes, which occurred in the area, have since been solved and three individuals have been charged in connection with these offences, while police are following positive lines of enquiry in relation to other reported incidents.”

Read more on this story in the July 11 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.