Newton Stewart police on form

NEWTON Stewart police have beaten all other areas in the region for crime detection rates in the last month.

With a 75 percent detection rate, PC Kirsty Harrison told Cree Valley Community Council on Monday that they were being commended by colleagues across the region for their efforts.

She added: “Obviously, there will always be the odd case we continue to work on but rest assured that we will do our very best to ensure public safety and aim to find the culprits.”

PC Harrison said that officers in Newton Stewart along with some from Stranraer and Kirkcudbright are currently carrying out an operation to target traffic crime in the town and have so far found 18 offences ranging from out of date tax discs to dangerous driving on the A75.

It was brought to her attention that concerns had been raised with council members about the former Machermore care home which has been vandalised, and the PC said that it would be the key-holder’s responsibility to inform them of anything untoward.

She added: “We will keep it in mind when carrying out patrols and I will mention it to my colleagues to be aware of.”