Police net £25,000 haul in Burnfoot house raids

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Police Inspector Paula Clark has warned organised criminals in the town they will be caught, writes Gavin Gibbon.

It comes after police seized £25,000 worth of counterfeit goods and cash in a joint agency operation designed to target serious organised criminals operating in the Borders.

Three properties in the Burnfoot area were searched last Friday, and significant quantities of cash, drugs, counterfeit clothing and footwear, and contraband tobacco and alcohol were seized.

A 36-year-old male from Hawick was arrested and charged, and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

The operation involved local police, and officers from trading standards and HM Revenue & Customs.

Inspector Clark said: “This operation should send out a strong message to those who are involved in this type of activity that we are targeting this sort of criminal enterprise and it will not be tolerated.

“It is essential that we continue to seek the support of the public in the Borders and we would encourage them to pass information about criminals operating in their neighbourhood, either directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information about criminals operating in their neighbourhood should contact police on 0131 3113131, or Crimestoppers, in confidence and complete anonymity, on 0800 555111.