IN ADDITION to dealing with parking issues throughout the region, members of the Scottish Borders Community Action Team have been focussing on rural and acquisitive crime along with ongoing targeting of off-road motorbiking in forests, hare coursing and thefts.

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The CAT are a policing resource of two teams of seven officers, funded by Scottish Borders Council to deal with quality of life issues affecting the local communities.

The January meeting of the CAT Oversight Group, heard that the team had carried out a number of static and mobile checks in Berwickshire as part of this effort, with an antisocial driving warning issued to one off-road motorist.

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Two men were also arrested by CAT officers in Stow and later charged in relation to housebreakings in the area.

The team has also assisted with the recovery of a stolen quad bike near West Linton, with the recovery highlighting the benefits of farmers fitting trackers to such vehicles.

Areas of Galashiels and Peebles also received additional attention due to recent reports of antisocial behaviour.