Housebreaking arrests made in Mayfield and Gorebridge

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Two teenagers have been charged with housebreaking offences as part of Operation RAC activities in Midlothian.

A 15-year-old male was detained on Tuesday (January 28) as local officers in Gorebridge investigated several incidents in the area over the past couple of months.

He was subsequently charged with three break-ins from Hunterfield Road and Parkhill as well as seven other offences including vandalism, theft and attempted theft.

Officers are following a positive line of enquiry to trace other individuals believed to be involved in these incidents.

Police in Mayfield also carried out Operation RAC enquiries following a number of break-ins and thefts from garden sheds late last year.

As a result, a 14-year-old male was charged with three offences, which took place in Camp Road, Westhouses Road and Hawthorn Crescent.

Both youths will be reported to the Children’s Reporter.

Inspector Michelle Ritchie said: “As a result of Operation RAC enquiries, a number of housebreaking incidents and associated crimes have now been solved, with officers continuing to follow more positive lines of investigation in relation to similar offences.

“The continued success of our efforts to tackle housebreaking in Midlothian should send a clear message to those involved in acquisitive crime and the communities their actions affect.”