PC Murray on the beat over the internet

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A UNIQUE police scheme which gives residents the chance to keep in touch with their local policeman via the internet is being offered to the people of Denholm.

The initiative is the brainchild of Newcastleton and Hawick County Community Police Officer Brian Murray – whose patch covers the rural areas in every direction outside Hawick’s 30s signs – in a bid to provide instant contact with the community.

The idea has already proved a hit in Newcastleton where more than 60 people have signed up, and the community beat officer has just spent every day this week in Denholm launching the same scheme to villagers there.

Mr Murray told the Hawick News: “Last year I introduced the internet scheme in Newcastleton so that should a notable event occur in or around the area, I can inform subscribers of its nature, the times, dates etc.” The scheme is run entirely by PC Murray who says it involves the occasional email, no junk or incidents of a private or very minor nature, and all details of interested parties are kept confidential.

He added: “A great example of how this scheme could benefit Denholm is with the latest upsurge in the theft of fuel oil.

“In Newcastleton, when an incident occurs people are getting really good at sending me descriptions, registrations and which way vehicles have gone, so it can certainly be a two-way thing where I inform the public of incidents, but they also tell me of any suspicious activity.

“I am hoping for a good uptake in Denholm, because it is working really well in Newcastleton.”

PC Murray can be contacted on 375052 or at brian.murray@lbp.pnn.police.uk