ASBO applies over a 10 year period

 An ASBO was issued at Edinburgh Sheriff Court against Sam Searson (26) on 14 February 2019 prohibiting him from entering the local authority area of East Lothian for a period of 10 years.

It was alleged that Mr Searson had a significant involvement with an organised crime group involved in the supply of illegal drugs within the county. It was also alleged that Mr Searson was linked to acts of violence and intimidation, including the use of weapons.

A council spokesperson said: “East Lothian Council will work in close partnership with Police Scotland in using the antisocial behaviour legislation to bring relief to the communities of East Lothian, including those most vulnerable to intimidation and exploitation. Both agencies are committed to making East Lothian an even safer place to reside and visit. The granting of this Order reflects the effectiveness of local partnership working between the Council’s Safer Communities Team and Police Scotland”.  

Detective Sergeant Cameron Walker, from Musselburgh's Community Investigation Unit, said: "This is a positive result for the community and people of East Lothian. Sam Searson exploited vulnerable individuals and took advantage of drug users and their families.

"We hope this ASBO acts as a deterrent to criminals intent on coming to East Lothian to deal drugs and commit further crimes.

"The public play a vital role in helping us and anyone with information about similar behaviour is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Published: Thursday, 28th February 2019