Legal action taken

An Interim ASBO was issued at Edinburgh Sheriff Court against Dean Kelly (27) of Croxteth, Liverpool prohibiting him from entering the local authority area of East Lothian, except for the purposes of court appearances and meeting legal advisors.

It was alleged that Mr Kelly had an involvement with an organised crime group involved in the supply of illegal drugs within the county. It was also alleged that Mr Kelly 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:  "Throughout our investigation into Dean Kelly, it has been clear that he is willing to exploit vulnerable people within our community in order to advance his 'County Lines' drug dealing amongst other criminality.”

“This Interim Anti-Social Behaviour Order will send a message to him and others that we will not tolerate such criminality, and will use every tactic available to us – working with our partners in East Lothian Council - to safeguard communities and rid them of those intent on causing harm.”

"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: Wednesday, 3rd April 2019