ADDRESSES in the Borders were among those recently searched by police in an attempt to tackle “serious and organised crime”, according to a report issued for June.
The police report, which was discussed at Galashiels Community Council on Wednesday, gives details of callouts across the Borders last month.
And in the ‘tackling serious and organised crime’ section, the document states that on June 4 “Scottish Borders Community Action Team executed a search warrant at an address in Peebles”.
During the search of the property, cocaine and cannabis were recovered, according to the papers, which add that “a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal”.
According to the same section of the report, two properties in Hawick were searched the day before, with £200 of diamorphine and approximately £2,000 worth of cannabis plants recovered.
Later in June, a search of a Hawick property saw cocaine to the value of £6,000 recovered, according to the report.
The Community Action Team (CAT) says 30 individuals were searched in June by the team.
Class A and B drugs were recovered during these searches with a potential value of £4,192, the report reads.
Antisocial behaviour, a long-running issue in Peebles, is also outlined in the CAT update, with the report stating that “targeted mobile and foot patrols” were completed in June in “youth hotspot areas”.
In an update at the beginning of the report, community sergeant Stephen Granger says: “It is the start of the school summer holidays which will be a well-earned break for teachers, pupils and their families.
“COVID-19 has impacted negatively on all areas of our communities and in particular children and young people. Mental and physical wellbeing has been affected and education and learning has been disrupted. Families on lower incomes have experienced particular hardship and placed under significant pressure.
“Although the situation with the pandemic seems to be improving, children and young people will continue to struggle to deal with the after-effects and getting back to normal.
“The holiday period will also see an increase in children/young people gathering in public places and although those likely to engage in disruptive behaviour are in the minority please can the community remain vigilant to any anti-social behaviour.
“To allow us to impact more meaningfully, matters should be reported to police at the time so we can try to identify those responsible. This should be done via 101 or in an emergency via 999.”