Police: Common-Riding no busier than usual

POLICE arrested a total of nine men and two women from the thousands of revellers at the Common-Riding.

All were for minor offences and crimes of public disorder.

Addressing Tuesday night’s community council meeting, community beat officer Keith Murray said: “We were busy but no busier than what you would expect when you’ve got thousands of people who have had a few rum and milks. There were several arrests on Friday, but not much on Saturday. And nothing serious, just minor offences.”

He added: “There were lifts at the shows but I’ve seen that a lot worse as well. Could be better, could be a lot worse.”

The two female arrests were made when a 20-year old was apprehended for breaching the terms of her ASBO in Elm Court, while elsewhere a 22-year-old woman from Middlesburgh was arrested in Oliver Place over a breach of the peace and assault.

Other incidents included a 34-year-old man allegedly assaulting another man in a public house, a 28-year-old man accused of assaulting another man in Fraser Avenue, and a 20-year-old male being charged with vandalism and breach of the peace following a domestic incident in Chay Blyth Place.

Community council chairman John Hope stated: “When you’ve got five thousand folk enjoying themselves, that isn’t too bad.”

n MEANWHILE, police have said that an incident involving a primary school pupil in Denholm last Thursday was not an attempted child abduction. A spokesperson commented: “Three young men in a car had been larking around and shouted something at the girl. This had alarmed her and she rightly reported the matter to her teacher. However, the car did not stop and no attempt was made, either verbally or physically, to grab or entice her into the car.”