THERE were 285 calls to police from the Musselburgh area in one fortnight, community councillors heard.

Recorded offences included seven people who were stopped and searched, and found in possession of personal quantities of controlled drugs.

Relaying the September 12-26 crime report to community councillors, PC Jeff Lowe also said that there had been six calls about people who could smell drugs such as cannabis and alleging drug abuse was happening at locations in the town. This was recorded for intelligence purposes, he added.

“People are phoning in which is a good thing,” said PC Lowe.

Turning his attention to anti-social behaviour, he reported eight noise complaints and three youth calls, none of which related to The Brunton, where there had been problems in the past.

PC Lowe added that weekend patrols were ongoing as pubs dispersed at night.

There had been seven reports of shoplifting and 12 minor thefts, such as bikes and children’s scooters which were left outside of properties.
He added that a couple of vehicles were broken into and tools were stolen, sheds and a house were broken into, and one car was stolen in the town.

PC Lowe said that Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School was broken into but two males had been arrested and had also been linked with the alleged theft of cars.