POLICE have stepped up patrols in Midlothian following the sentencing of Brian McHale.
The 15-year jail term handed to the 21-year-old for the murder of Dale Bennett sparked tussles and verbal exchanges among the public at the High Court last week.
The courtroom animosity highlighted tensions between Mayfield and Gorebridge.
Inspector Mike Bennett, community inspector for the Dalkeith area, said: “We understand that this will be a difficult time for many members of the Mayfield and Gorebridge communities and we are ensuring our officers are accessible and visible in both areas to monitor and address any local concerns.
“Lothian and Borders Police is committed to tackling knife crime throughout our communities and work closely with partner agencies to remove dangerous weapons from our streets. Anyone found to be in possession of a knife or similar weapons will be robustly dealt with.”
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