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Antiques stolen in raid on house in South West Scotland

Wood summer seat
Antique summer seat, one of the items taken. Credit: Police Scotland

Thieves have stolen some antique furniture in a raid at a house in Dumfries and Galloway. The police say that a number of valuable items were taken from the home in Twynholm including a dark wooden table, a grandfather clock face, a brass sun dial and a cast iron and wood summer seat.

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Police investigate quad bike thefts in Borders

A quad bike's been stolen from a farm in the Scottish Borders which has led the police to issue fresh warnings.

They say a number of quad bikes have been taken from farms since the start of 2014.

In this latest incident, a bike worth about £3,000 disappeared from a shed at Flemington Farm in West Linton sometime between 5.30pm on 19th April and 7am on 20th April.

There have been a significant increase in the theft of quad bikes from rural locations since the turn of the year, and sadly this is another such incident.

“Farm owners are reminded to make sure all vehicles are securely locked away when not in use, and members of the public are urged to get in touch with any details that may assist our investigations.”

– Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, Police Scotland

Sickness bug strikes at Borders hospital

A ward at a hospital in the Scottish Borders is closed to admissions because of an outbreak of the winter sickness bug.

In addition to ward 12 being closed at Borders General Hospital, one bay in Ward 10 is also shut.

Health experts say the the Norovirus has been sweeping across Scotland recently.

Anyone who suspects they may have the symptoms, which include sickness and diarrhoea, is advised not to visit anyone at the hospital to prevent its spread.

Melrose Abbey damaged

Police Scotland officers in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following damage to an external wall at Melrose Abbey.

A 10m stretch of the dry stone wall on Annay Road, Melrose is thought to have been hit by a vehicle on March 17.

It is thought the repair will cost more than £1,000.

"The dyke, which has been reconstructed within the past 18 months, appears to have been hit at low speed, possibly by a large vehicle carrying out a three-point turn.

"There are no markings or debris left on the road so it looks like the wall has been hit with low impact. But it is a hit and run nevertheless, and a costly one, so we would urge any members of the public with any details that may assist the investigation to come forward."

– PC James Thompson, Police Scotland

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