Gangs link to tobacco raids

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Police believe criminal gangs from the north of England are behind the theft of £340,000 worth of cigarettes from shops in West Lothian.

Newsagents, filling stations and convenience stores have been targeted in a crime spree which is being probed by Lothian and Borders Police.

Officers said a group from the north of England were linked to many of the thefts.

A number of individuals have been reported to the procurator fiscal. Police have now made an appeal to management at hotels and B&Bs to report suspicious groups.