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'Especially vigilant' Community Wardens could be finding more needles

Authorities in Dumfries and Galloway are investigating a 40% rise in the number of discarded needles found in the region.

They say it's currently unclear whether there are in fact more syringes, or whether the increase is due to "especially vigilant" Community Wardens being more effective at finding them.

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40% rise in discarded needles in Dumfries and Galloway

More than 650 needles were found discarded across the region Credit: ITV Border

There has been a rise in the number of syringes discarded by drug users across Dumfries and Galloway.

Six hundred and fifty-six needles were found across the region for the year 2014/2015, an increase of 40% on the previous year.

A report prepared for Dumfries and Galloway Council also reveals that there has been a 32% increase in the number of complaints about the issue.

Banking scammers still calling Dumfries homes

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Police Scotland says several more people have been called in Dumfries and Galloway as part of a telephone banking scam.

Last week, three people were conned out of a total of more than £45,000.

Fraudsters pretending to be ringing from a bank told the householders that their savings were being hacked and needed to be transferred to another account.

The police say that despite the latest calls, no one else has lost any money.

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UPDATE: all wards reopen at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

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All wards are now open and functioning normally at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary following an outbreak of norovirus.

Fifty-eight people in total were affected by the "winter vomiting bug", with both staff and patients falling ill.

The hospital have thanked both the public and staff for their help throughout the outbreak.

"I would like to thank all our staff and visitors for their continued cooperation and support during the outbreak. I would particularly like to thank Nursing and Domestic staff for working flexibly to allow the service to get back to normal as quickly as possible”

“As always we would urge anyone experiencing symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea or anyone who has had contact with someone with the symptoms not to visit any hospital setting for at least 72 hours.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager

Scammers are 'despicable'

Three people have fallen victim to the scam so far and police are urging the public to be careful Credit: ITV Border

Police have called those responsible for a telephone scam targeting people in Dumfries and Galloway "despicable".

So far, three victims have lost thousands of pounds in the scheme, after receiving a call from someone claiming to be from their bank.

The scammer then convinced the victims to transfer large sums of money from their account, by claiming its security was under threat.

The people who were involved in this type of behaviour are despicable.

To deliberately target vulnerable people and effectively wipe out their life savings in a few minutes is absolutely deplorable."

– Sergeant Steven Wilson, Dumfries and Galloway Police

Third victim loses thousands in banking scam

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A third victim has fallen prey to a banking scam currently targeting Dumfries and Galloway.

The 70-year-old woman, from Newton Stewart, lost £18,000 on Sunday, the highest sum of money stolen yet.

Once again, the caller convinced her to transfer her money into another account due to a supposed threat to her own account.

A number of other near misses have also been reported, where the scam has been identified before any money has been transferred.

Police Scotland ask that anyone who has been called, whether they identified the scam or are actually a victim having transferred funds, contact police immediately.

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