South Scotland

Break-ins and thefts from two Borders hospitals

Police are appealing for witnesses following break-ins and thefts from two hospitals in the Scottish Borders.

Hawick Community Hospital's dental department was broken into at about 02:10.

A member of staff heard a disturbance and found three men wearing hooded tops fleeing from the grounds on foot.

Later, Borders General Hospital discovered a storage area had been broken into and a number of canisters of Nitrous Oxide had been stolen.

Officers attended and recovered a stolen canister of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) from a grassy area near one of the hospitals.

A Lothian and Border Police spokesman said: "The stolen gas is used for medical purposes and could have significant health risks for an individual if it is abused.

"Anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious at either the Hawick Community Hospital or Borders General Hospital last night or early this morning is asked to contact police immediately."

The spokesman also appealed for the driver and passengers of a light-coloured Ford Focus, which was seen in the area between 02:45 and 03:05, to contact the force.

Officers are investigating whether the two incidents are linked.

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