Tories hit alarm over burglaries

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The lack of a dedicated investigation police team is to blame for a 65 per cent rise in Midlothian break-ins, according to the Tories.

Police Scotland figures for 2013/14 show there was a 54 per cent rise in domestic and a 108 per cent rise in non-domestic break-ins.

Lothians list MSP Cameron Buchanan (Con) blames the rise on the abolition of the specialist housebreaking teams within the police.

Chief Inspector Jim Royan told the Advertiser that housebreaking was now a policing priority: “So far this year, a total of 27 domestic housebreakings have taken place within Midlothian. In the same period last year a total of 50 offences were reported to police. This relates to a year-to-date fall of 46 per cent for the region.”

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