South Scotland

Scottish Borders Council considers police desk offer

Scottish Borders Council could make its contact centre desks available to report crime if police counter closures in the region go ahead.

Police counters in Eyemouth, Selkirk, Lauder, Coldstream and Melrose could all shut under nationwide proposals.

SBC chief executive Tracey Logan has written to Ch Supt Jeanette McDiarmid suggesting council premises could be used to fill the gap.

A full report is being drawn up on the viability of the scheme.

Police Scotland has said the number of people calling at public counters has dropped in recent years.

It said the move would not have a significant impact on the level of service to communities.

However, that view has been contested by a number of politicians who have described it as a "retrograde step".

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