Fears about levels of police cover in the Borders have been raised this week after a former officer from Galashiels failed to uncover details of local deployment.

Harry Scott, who retired in 1999 after 30 years’ service, used Freedom of Information legislation in a bid to get answers from Police Scotland, the centralised single force formed in April last year.

At the end of March, Mr Scott formally enquired about the number and rank of officers employed in the region – the former G division of Lothian and Borders Police – in 14 shifts over a specified seven-week period.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.