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Police appeal for witnesses after Annan attack

Police are appealing for witnesses after an unprovoked attack in Annan town centre.

The 51-year-old man was attacked as he walked down the High Street at 9:10pm on Sunday, 20 April 2014.

He had previously been assaulted opposite the junction with Butts Street.

He was not seriously injured.

The man responsible is described as white, about 25-years-old, under 6ft tall, with short ginger hair.

He was also said to be wearing a red striped jumper and blue jeans.

There was a second man present but he was not said to have taken part in the assault.

If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the man responsible they should call Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police investigate attempted hospital break-in

Police are investigating an attempted break-in to stores at Annan Hospital.

The incident is believed to have happened between 12pm on Friday 11 April and 8:30am on Monday 14 April.

No entry was gained to the stores, but around £500 worth of damage was caused to the property.

A white coloured Ford Transit van was seen at the hospital on the afternoon of Sunday 13 April. Police are keen to trace the occupants the van.

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First 'pop up' Citizen's Advice Bureau at a Scottish football match.

Following a rise in the number of people in the area who have had problems with doorstep, high street and payday lenders, the citizens Advice Service has decided to make themselves accessible to the community at Annan Athletic v Peterhead. Advisors will be on hand in the supporter's social club.

Dumfries & Galloway Council: 'Annan regeneration is a priority.'

"The Annan Station project is part of a wider Annan masterplan that was agreed in 2010 and that identified the access points to the town as being important.

"It's all about giving good first impressions to visitors coming to the area, so the railway station is going to be improved as a key access point, but also the entrances to the town itself.

"The council see the whole Gretna, Lockerbie and Annan regeneration area as a key priority."

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries & Galloway Council

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Railway station in Annan to benefit from regeneration

Dumfries and Galloway Council say the regeneration of the Gretna, Lockerbie, Annan corridor is a priority.

Work is underway in Annan to regeneration the railway station Credit: ITV News
Annan railway regeneration project gets underway Credit: ITV News
Plans for Annan railway station regeneration project Credit: ITV News

Annan man's death has 'hallmarks of a tragic accident'

Police in Scotland believe the death of missing Annan man Ian Carruthers was an accident after a post mortem was inconclusive.

Mr Carruthers was last seen at his home on January 17th and officers carried out extensive enquiries and searches in order to locate him.

His body was found on March 7th on the shore at Portling near Dalbeattie. A full forensic examination and post mortem have since taken place which have proved to be inconclusive in the cause of death.

“Following extensive and exhaustive enquiries, there are no apparent suspicious circumstances in respect of the death of Ian Carruthers.

"Following the Post Mortem examination, the cause of death will remain recorded as ‘unascertained’, however, given all of the known circumstances and in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, his death has all the hallmarks of a tragic accident.

“I have spoken with the Ian’s immediate family and fully explained all of this to them, which will hopefully provide some closure for them in this matter."

– Detective Inspector Filippo Capaldi, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team
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