Local police full of festive praise after quiet start to 2016

PC Stephen Gibson, left, and PC Phil Moule on the High Street beat.
PC Stephen Gibson, left, and PC Phil Moule on the High Street beat.

A local police chief has praised revellers this week after a relatively incident-free festive break, writes Colin Purvis.

Speaking to the Hawick News, Chief Inspector Andy McLean said: “Overall we were really pleased with the lack of violence and misbehaviour involving people during the festive period.

“Party-goers were sensible and enjoyed the celebrations and the party atmosphere while staying safe and behaving well.

“As always there were a few exceptions to this with a few having a very unfestive Christmas meal in our cells which does not involve the customary turkey.”

Mr McLean said that a high police presence resulted in the arrest of shoplifters and drunk-drivers as well as catching illegal parkers.

He added: “We carried out a significant number of foot patrols in town centres and road checks throughout the Borders area, including Hawick. Officers on foot patrols have been successful in apprehending people who were intent on shoplifting from our local stores and we continued to enforce the parking regulations, particularly in Hawick and Denholm, with a number of
fixed penalty tickets being issued.”

He continued: “Unfortunately we are still catching drivers who are willing to drink and drive and would reiterate the message of don’t drink and drive.

Local police inspector Carol Wood also praised the public: “I’d like to thank everyone in Hawick who celebrated Hogmanay for supporting officers to deliver a safe evening.

“A large number of people enjoyed the festivities and only one arrest, which took place in Denholm during the early hours of New Year’s Day for a minor offence.”