Robberies accused remanded in custody

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A 21-YEAR-old woman has appeared in court in connection with two robberies on the same day.

Claire Condie is charged with two counts of assault and robbery at two local general stores – The Little Shop and Londis – both of which occurred last Tuesday.

She made no plea or declaration during a private appearance at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Christmas Eve.

The case was continued for further examination and Condie was remanded in custody. Lothian and Borders Police say that cash, cigarettes and alcohol were taken from both shops and staff members threatened with a knife.

But those incidents were the most serious dealt with by officers during a relatively quiet festive period.

Inspector Paula Clark. She told the Hawick News: “We had a number of loud music and disturbance calls over Christmas, from Christmas Eve until late into the evening of December 27, but overall things have gone pretty well.

“Some of the calls were down to people not thinking about or considering their neighbours, and things have just got that bit too noisy.”

And issuing a caution to party-goers, Inspector Clark stated: “We want people to enjoy themselves safely, but people need to be considerate to their neighbours.”

Police also dealt with a 20-year-old found in possession of cannabis in O’Connell Street on Christmas Eve, and on Christmas night assisted ambulance staff with an unruly 16-year-old patient in Baker Street.

There have also been a number of weather-related calls, from minor road accidents to burst pipes.

And with temperatures expected to plummet again this weekend, Inspector Clark is keen to remind revellers to stay safe. She said: “There is the chance that the temperatures may drop again, and freezing conditions, coupled with excessive alcohol, is a concerning factor.

“If out and about this New Year, I would urge people to wrap up warm and look after each other.

“Consider getting a taxi home or get picked up by someone who has nominated themselves as a driver for the evening.”