New law takes aim at air guns

Police Scotland has launched an air guns amnesty ahead of a change in the law regarding air guns
Police Scotland has launched an air guns amnesty ahead of a change in the law regarding air guns

Last month, I wrote about Operation Monarda and our ongoing efforts to highlight and tackle doorstep crime. This month, I would like to mention two incidents of doorstep crime that took place in Newtongrange and Loanhead, writes Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson

In both instances, neighbours of the individuals who were targeted challenged the perpetrators and called police. This led to three men beingreported to the Procurator Fiscal.

This is an excellent example of our community spirit here in Midlothian. Thanks to the actions of these neighbours, two elderly people avoided falling victim to doorstep crime. I want to take this opportunity to personally thank them for their vigilance and their swiftness in contacting us.

I would like to appeal to the good nature of our communities to help us tackle an emerging issue of antisocial behaviour in the Bonnyrigg area. There are reports of youths entering people’s gardens, throwing stones at property and engaging in underage drinking, and I would ask for your help in identifying those responsible.

I would ask parents and carers to help by ensuring they know what their children are doing and, if they appear to be coming home under the influence of alcohol, to challenge their behaviour. Again, the principle of being a good neighbour is relevant as you can help us to stop the damage and upset this is causing to others by getting in touch with police soon as possible.

On a final note, you may already be aware of our current campaign encouraging people to surrender unwanted air weapons. The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act comes into full effect on December 31 2016 and requires any person who possesses, purchases, uses or acquires an air weapon to have a certificate to hold them legally. If you have an air weapon and do not wish to apply for a licence/certificate, please bring them into Dalkeith Police Station before Sunday, June 12 and we will dispose of them.