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Man critical after incident in Dumfries town centre

A man's fighting for his life in hospital after being injured in an incident in Dumfries.

The 44 year old suffered serious head injuries and his condition is described as 'critical' by doctors at the hospital in Edinburgh were he is being treated.

Police were called at around 01:15am today to a report of a serious assault on a man following a disturbance in Queensberry Street, Dumfries.

He was taken by ambulance to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary but later transferred to the Western General Infirmary in Edinburgh.

Detectives in Dumfries are continuing enquiries and appealing for information.

Our investigation is ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and officers are currently carrying out door to door enquiries and studying CCTV footage to gather more information on this incident and whoever is responsible.

Officers are following a number of lines of enquiry and I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident take place, or who has any information that may assist our investigation to contact Police Scotland on 101.

– Det Chief Insp Colin Burnie from Dumfries and Galloway Division

Two remain critical after suspected substance abuse at Kendal Calling

Two people remain in a critical condition in hospital after what police believe to be substance abuse at the Kendal Calling music festival.

Two others have now been discharged from the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Those attending the festival are being advised not take any drugs.

“I’d like to reiterate the police’s advice, these are powerful and dangerous substances which are simply not safe. Do not risk your health by taking any drugs.

“However, If you are to take drugs our advice is to consume as little as possible. Do not retake substances until you are confident that the effects have worn off. Also do not mix drugs with alcohol or other substances. Stay with friends and make sure you are with at least one sober person.

“If you or someone you know complains of feeling unwell, please seek help from a steward or attend the medical or welfare facilities."

– Dr Jane Mathieson, Consultant from Cumbria County Council Public Health

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