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Thousand expected for Annan Riding of the Marches

Annan Riding of the Marches Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of people are expected to turn out in Annan today for the annual Riding of the Marches and parade.

The horses and riders are due to leave the High Street at 7.30am before riding the boundaries of the town, just like generations before them have done.

It's one of the oldest events of its kind and dates back almost 600 years.

In the evening the town will be filled with the sound of drums and bagpipes as marching bands parade through the centre.


Police appeal after man 'spat at' in Eastriggs

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was spat at during an altercation in the Annan area.

It happened at around 7:30pm on Tuesday 10 May at the junction of Vancouver Road and Annan Road in Eastriggs.

A 49-year-old man came across four men, one of whom approached him and subjected him to a tirade of abuse before spitting on him.

The victim was not injured but was shaken by the incident.

This appeared to be a totally unprovoked verbal assault on this man which also saw him being spat upon.

We have no description of the male who carried out this attack, nor the other three males he was with.

We want anyone who may have been in area of Vancouver Road and Annan Road on Tuesday night to get in touch if they can help us trace the man responsible for this attack.

– Constable Paula Armstrong at Annan

PICTURES: Historical rowing raid begins

A rowing raid, involving St. Ayles rowing skiffs with teams from around Scotland and a group of schoolchildren from Bowness-on-Solway, has begun.

The group are re-enacting while learning more about a historical event, where residents of the Scottish town of Annan rowed over the Solway Firth to steal an English church bell.

READ MORE: Historical rowing raid re-enacted across the Solway Firth

Video gaming gear stolen in Annan

Video gaming gear was stolen in the break-in. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after hundreds of pounds worth of electronic gaming gear was stolen from a cottage in Annan.

A Playstation console, two shock console controllers, six games and a Hudl 2 tablet computer were taken in the raid, which happened at a cottage in Kinmount between Friday 4 and Saturday 12 March 2016.

Constable Anthony Pallent at Annan said "we are keen to hear about any suspicious activity in the Kinmount area over the past week. Anyone who can help should call us at Annan on the 101 number."


Police appeal for help finding man's missing relatives

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland are appealing for help tracing the next of kin of a man from Annan, who recently died in Carlisle.

John McEwan, 72, died suddenly in Carlisle on Monday (January 25).

He was originally from Annan, and it is believed he may have relatives in the area.

Anyone with information is ask to contact the Coroner’s office on 01900 706902.

Police appeal after girl, 19, injured in hit and run

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Police are investigating a hit and run, after a 19-year-old girl was injured in Annan.

It happened at around 2:45pm on Tuesday 20 October 2015, on Stapleton Road in the town.

The woman was crossing the road near to the Caspian take-away when she was struck by a black coloured VW Golf.

Her leg and head were bruised, and she was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The driver of the car stopped to enquire if she was ok, before driving off.

He is described as "young", and police are now appealing for witnesses to come forwards.

We are appealing for witnesses to this collision to come forward and indeed the driver of the car himself to come forward in order to clear this matter up. In particular we ask that the lady who assisted the injured female pedestrian after the collision call us at Annan on 101."

– Constable Paula Armstrong

Beat Box scheme aims to get kids moving

The Beat Box scheme aims to get children to walk, cycle or run to school. Credit: ITV Border

A scheme run in Annan and Dalbeattie to get parents and children to walk, run or cycle instead of using a car is proving a massive success.

Once registered, participants record their journeys on various so called beat boxes situated around the towns.

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