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Operation Tinsel arrests in Scottish Borders top 130

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Image caption The operation targeted crimes including domestic violence, violent crime and antisocial behaviour

A Christmas safety operation in the Borders has seen more than 130 people arrested over the festive period.

Operation Tinsel targeted crimes such as domestic violence, violent crime and antisocial behaviour.

The month-long campaign was launched throughout the Lothians and Borders to tackle offences which "regularly occur" over Christmas and New Year.

In addition, roads police officers have reported 37 people for a variety of offences over the same period.

Operation Tinsel saw 26 people charged with violent crimes and 28 with domestic abuse.

A further 78 people were arrested for antisocial behaviour.

Roads police also reported offences including drink driving, driving without insurance, speeding and using a mobile phone while driving.

'Clear message'

Ch Insp Kenny Simpson said: "We launched Operation Tinsel to provide reassurance to the public over the festive period, but also to send a clear message that crime within the Scottish Borders would not be tolerated.

"Local policing teams were out in large numbers to speak with communities and offer information on personal security as well as to detect and deter criminal activity in the region.

"Offences such as violence, domestic abuse, antisocial behaviour and road safety are all policing priorities for the Borders and we have carried out significant enforcement activity in these areas to safeguard the public from harm."

He said that although the operation had come to an end police would continue to "proactively target" those involved in criminal activity and bring them to justice while also offering crime prevention advice.

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