‘Looters’ appeal goes out over New Year incident

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A FRESH appeal for witnesses has been launched to find those responsible for a New Year’s Day vandal attack and theft.

Some four weeks after a window was smashed and goods stolen from Turnbull’s in Oliver Place, police have called on the community to come forward to help with enquiries.

Between 2.30am and 2.45am on Saturday, January 1, a male kicked in the window and, a few minutes later, a number of individuals are believed to have reached through the smashed glass and stole bottles of whisky and hampers.

Police had estimated the cost of the damage to be in the region of £1,000, but shop owner Ross Irvine told the Hawick News that the figure was nearer the £2,000 mark.

He said: “That’s taking in the price of getting the window boarded up as well as the stock which was looted.

“It’s not what you want to see when things are difficult enough. In the current financial climate we’re having a tough enough time without something like this happening.”

It is understood CCTV pictures have only been able to show a large number of witnesses and not those responsilbe for either crime.

A spokesperson for Lothian and Borders Police said: “These were shameful acts on an established town-centre business. Times are hard for everyone and this is a lot of money which they have had to recoup.

“There were lots of people in the area at the time and we would ask that anyone who might have information or knows who is responsible to contact us.”

Details can be given to officers at the police station on 375051 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.