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Police identify woman killed in serious house fire

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Police have named the woman who died in a serious house fire in Annan as Andrea Aitken.

The 46-year-old died at a semi-detached property in Addison Place in the early hours of Friday 11 August.

Andrea was rescued from the house by firefighters, but died at the scene.

Her relatives have been informed.

Investigations into the cause of the fire have established there were no suspicious circumstances.

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Police warn of increase in car break-ins at D&G town

A spate of vehicle thefts have occured in Annan, Dumfries & Galloway Credit: PA

Local residents in Annan are being warned to be more vigilant when leaving their cars unattended.

A spate of thefts occurred in the town overnight Monday 3rd to Tuesday 4th July, including:

  • Costume jewellery and a bank card stolen from a black coloured Peugeot 308 car parked on Springbells road
  • Tom Tom satellite navigator blue stolen from a blue coloured Audi A4 car parked on Guysgill road
  • Two satellite navigators stolen from a black coloured Volkswagen Golf car parked on Kennels Road.

Clearly someone is sneaking about the town through the night and stealing from cars that are not secure.

We urge anyone leaving their car to ensure that it is locked up and any valuables are either removed or placed out of sight in the vehicle.

Anyone who has any information about these thefts, the value of which is mounting and well into the hundreds of pounds now, to get I touch with us at Annan on the 101 number."



Funding available for D&G parks

Agnew Park, Stranraer Credit: Visit Scotland

£500,000 of funding is set to go towards parks in Dumfries and Galloway, and members of the public have been invited to share their views on which parks the money should be used on.

Dumfries & Galloway council say the money will be put towards making parks in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer more accessible, especially for children and people with disabilities.

Suggestions and feedback are being taken here.

It is vital we provide accessible and modern play areas for the children of the region. This money will be spent on upgrading parks in 3 of our main towns in the region, but we need your input to tell us where you’d like the money allocated to. We have some beautiful parks throughout Dumfries and Galloway, and this funding will allow us to improve and replace equipment to make the play parks accessible, compliant and fun for children. Please take 2 minutes to complete the survey online, or pop into one of our facilities to pick up a hard copy.

– Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chairman of the Council’s Communities Committee

Teenager arrested after Annan road crash

The crash happened on Monday. Credit: ITV Border

Police have arrested a teenager in connection with a serious road accident in Dumfries and Galloway.

The accident, which happened in Standalane, Annan, involved a red VW Golf and a silver Nissan Almera on Monday, 13 March.

Police Scotland said they have arrested a 17-year old man following the accident.

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.


Three injured after Annan hit and run

The fire station in Annan. Credit: Google Street View.

Three people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a hit and run incident in Annan.

The collision involved two vehicles, a red VW Golf and a Silver Nissan Almera, and happened at around 5:49am today, on Standalane near Annan fire station.

Following the crash, the three occupants of the Nissan Almera were taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.

The driver of the red VW Golf ran off from the scene and is described as being in his early 20s, 5'10" and wearing grey clothing.

We would like to hear from any witnesses who were at the scene when the collision happened or seen anyone running away from the scene.

This was a fairly large impact and it may be the driver who ran off has some new injuries, anyone with any information which might help should call us at Annan on 101.

– Constable James Tweedie

Appeal after serious assault in Annan

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland are appealing for information after a man was seriously assaulted in Annan.

The 35-year-old was walking along Scott's Street in the town at around 11pm on Friday 28th October when the incident happened.

He was struck on the head by a man who approached him from behind, before being taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

He's since been released after receiving treatment.

The man had just left work nearby and was in Scott’s St where he was attacked.

From our enquiries so far, two men were seen running away from Scott's St though Newington Park after the attack. (No description).

Officers are currently checking CCTV in the area and carrying out door to door enquiries, however, I would appeal to anyone who was in the area who may have seen the attack, or who has any information that will assist officers with their investigation, to contact Annan Police Office via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Sergeant Alan Dillon, Annan Police Office
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