Burglaries probe leads to arrest

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Police have arrested a man in England as part of an investigation into several burglaries in the region.

Between September 2014 and January 2015, three housebreakings occurred in Hawick, while two other reports of thefts from vehicles were received from members of the public in Cockburnspath.

Officers from the Proactive Unit joined colleagues from East Lothian and attended at Bishop Auckland Police Station on Tuesday, when they interviewed a 31-year-old man in connection with these offences.

He was subsequently charged with all of the incidents in the Borders as well as 16 other crimes which took place across East Lothian.

Chief Inspector Andy McLean, local area commander, told the Hawick News: “Thanks to our cross-border co-operation with colleagues in Bishop Auckland, we were able to charge a male in connection with these offences.

“We will not tolerate criminal activity of any kind within the Scottish Borders and whenever those responsible commit a crime in our area we will use all the resources at our disposal to pursue them robustly, even if they leave the region.

“Our communities can be assured that we have excellent working relationships with officers across Police Scotland’s divisions, as well as in forces across the country so that we can work together to bring offenders to justice.”