WINTER road safety has been a focus for the Scottish Borders Community Action Team (CAT) in recent weeks.

The CAT, a policing resource of two teams of seven officers funded by Scottish Borders Council, has operated roadside checkpoints across the region, including Earlston, Duns, Eyemouth, Peebles and Galashiels.

This resulted in a number of drivers being given advice on winter safety, particularly tyre tread depth.

In addition, speed checks in Earlston led to six drivers being warned and a driver being reported for driving without insurance.

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Councillor Julie Pirone, chair of the CAT Oversight Group, said: “The CAT team continues to address key areas of concerns that are raised by councillors on behalf of communities.

“We also continue to work together to make our communities safer. I would also ask that everyone across the Borders checks cars and bikes are ready for winter use, paying attention to having working lights – essential in dark days and nights.”

The team also undertook licensed premises checks and high visibility foot patrols in key locations to deter antisocial behaviour.

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Areas of Galashiels received additional attention due to recent reports of antisocial behaviour, including by youths, too, and this will continue throughout January.

Antisocial behaviour involving young people in Peebles was also a continued focus of activity for the team and community policing officers in December, and the number of reports incidents made to Police Scotland remains low.