Police initiative leads to more Midlothian arrests

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Five more people have been arrested under Operation RAC, which continues in Midlothian.

Between November and February, a number of break-ins, attempted break-ins and thefts from properties occurred in Mayfield.

As a result, a 14-year-old male youth has been reported in connection with these incidents.

On December 29 last year, a number of garages in Parkhill, Gorebridge were broken into, or subject to an attempted break-in.

Following continued enquiries by Operation RAC officers, three male youths aged 13, 15 and 16 were subsequently charged for these offences and a number of associated crimes.

A 33-year-old man has also been arrested following a housebreaking and theft from the Campend Farm in Danderhall on Saturday, February 1. He will appear in court later this month.

Chief Inspector Jim Royan, Local Area Commander for Midlothian said: “Our enforcement activity as part of Operation RAC has proven successful again this week, with five more people now subject to criminal proceedings for their involvement in housebreakings.

“Our continued pursuit of acquisitive crime offenders should send a clear message to our communities that these crimes will not be tolerated and local officers will use all resources at their disposal to bring those responsible to justice.

“If you witness any suspicious activity around a residential or business property then I would ask that you contact police immediately so the matter can be appropriately investigated.

“Furthermore, anyone wishing information or advice on crime prevention can contact their local policing team.”