Newtongrange group welcomes “pro-active” steps

Newbattle Swimming Pool, Newtongrange.

Newbattle Swimming Pool, Newtongrange.

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A group which had warned of a perceived rise in crime in Newtongrange has praised the “pro-active” police reaction to a problem last week.

A statement posted on the Midlothian Police Facebook page called on parents to speak to their children about recent incidents around Newbattle Swimming Pool.

Newtongrange Community Council chairman Jason Ferry welcomed the news, a couple of months after his group had warned of vigilante taking to the streets due to a perceived rise in local crime and a lack of police presence.

He said: “This is exactly what we have asked police to do. So it is good they are out there in the community, posting things on Facebook, being pro-active.

“We are working with the police and other community councils so we will see how it goes. If you ask them to do more patrols then they will come across more problems like this. So I think this is a good thing.

“We asked for more of a police presence in the village and we seem to be getting it.”

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