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Package found in Annan poses "no risk to public"

Police Scotland have confirmed that the package found in Annan poses no risk to the public.

Around 35 people were evacuated from their homes and a local hotel after reports of a suspicious package was found.

Police Scotland, the Fire and Rescue Service and the Explosive DIsposal Unit attended the scene, however the package was found to be not dangerous.

Enquiries into the incident are continuing.

Annan town centre cordoned off

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Evacuation as suspicious package found behind Annan police station

Annan High Street has been closed after a suspicious package was found behind the police station.

Police Scotland has confirmed more than 30 people have been evacuated from their homes and the Queensberry Arms Hotel, as well as the police station itself.

The package was discovered by a member of the public around 4:30pm this afternoon.

The area remains cleared while and Explosive Disposal Unit are at the scene.

More updates to follow.

Annan High Street is closed as the EOD inspect the package Credit: Fergus Waddell

Man dies in crash on A75 near Annan

The wreckage of the car on the A75 near Annan

A man has died after a crash on the A75 in which four members of his family were also taken to hospital.

The car they were all travelling in crashed into trees west of Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, at 3.30pm on 25th November.

The driver, a local man believed to be 67-years-old, died at the scene.

His family were treated for minor injuries at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. They have since been released. Police Scotland are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

14-year-old schoolgirl attacked

The incident happened between Prestonfield Road to Hospital Road, past the Springbells Industrial Estate. Credit: ITV Border

A 14-year-old schoolgirl in Annan has been punched a number of times in the face, in what is said by police to be an 'totally unprovoked' attack.

The girl was walking home from school around 3.50pm on Friday 14th November on the footpath between Prestonfield Road to Hospital Road, past the Springbells Industrial Estate. She was approached a man who took hold of her and punched her a number of times in the face. The girl managed to get away and made her way home.

The man is described as being about 5’9” tall, medium build, wearing a dark coloured hooded top or jacket with the hood up and dark blue jogging bottoms with stripes on the legs. He also smelled of cigarette smoke.

The girl suffered cuts and bruising to her face however did not require any medical attention.

Anyone with information should contact the police.

Dumfriesshire distillery produces whisky again

Co-owner David Thomson cheers as the first cask is filled. Credit: ITV Border

A Dumfriesshire distillery which has not produced single malt whisky for almost 100 years has filled its first cask.

The multi-million pound transformation of Annandale distillery. Credit: ITV Border

The Annandale distillery is bringing 16 jobs to the region after being transformed into a visitor attraction in a multi-million pound development.

The first cask was filled yesterday and will be matured over 10 years.

The cask will now be matured over 10 years. Credit: ITV Border
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