Spate of shed break-ins across Midlothian

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a spate of housebreakings reported across Midlothian within 24-hours.

On Monday, June 13, a total of eight break-ins and attempted break-ins occurred in Gorebridge, Loanhead, Penicuik and Newbattle.

The properties targeted were a mixture of sheds, business premises and outbuildings including a cemetery shed.

The offences were reported at New Hunterfield, Laundry Cottages, Blinkbonny Farm, and Barleyknowe Lane, all Gorebridge; Loanhead Avenue, Penicuik; Straiton Road, Loanhead; and Newbattle Cemetery.

Anyone with information relating to any of these offences is asked to contact police immediately.

Sergeant Michele Lindsay from Penicuik Police Station, said: “Our enquiries into these offences are ongoing as part of Operation RAC and we’re keeping an open mind to the possibility that these incidents are linked.

“I would urge anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious behaviour in these areas to please come forward.

“Thieves are opportunistic by their very nature and I remind people to remain vigilant, to always ensure that your property is properly secured and high value items are, when possible, hidden from view. You can also secure items within a shed or outbuilding, for example use a lock to secure a bike.”

A full range of useful advice and information on safeguarding your home can be viewed on the Police Scotland website www.scotland.police.uk

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.