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Police appeal after 'bizarre' road rage attack

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after a "bizarre" incident in which a driver's car window was smashed.

It happened around 12:30 yesterday afternoon, at the B7076 APR road at the junction with the A701 road at Beattock.

A 68-year-old man from Lockerbie was sat alone in his blue Audi A4 car, waiting for assistance at the side of the road.

A burgundy coloured Vauxhall then stopped alongside the vehicle, and the driver got out and took a photograph of the Audi.

The male driver, who was the sole occupant of the car, then appeared to mouth something before driving off.

A short time later the same car and driver returned, and a window was smashed in the Audi car as the burgundy car drove past.

This does appear to be a bizarre incident and we are at a loss to understand what the motive was for this behaviour.

The driver of the burgundy car is described as being in his late 30s/early 40s, medium build, had a full black beard, possible black hair and was wearing a black coloured hat.

We want to hear from anyone who may have been in the area and can help us identify the burgundy car and its driver. Or indeed, if the driver of the burgundy car wishes to come forward and explain his actions we would be only too happy to speak to him. Callers can contact us at Lockerbie on the 101 number.

– Constable Stephen Glendinning at Lockerbie

Man killed in two-car crash named as Michael Anderson

The man killed in a two-car crash in Beattock has been named as 51-year-old Michael Anderson from Dalbeattie.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after the collision on the A701 road near to Cragielands House.

The driver of the second car, a 33 year old man from Glasgow, remains in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with serious leg and arm injuries.

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Man killed in two-car crash on the A701 near Beattock

A man has been pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car road traffic crash on the A701 road near to Cragielands House in Beattock.

A second man has been taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with what are thought to be serious injuries, police say.

A general view of the A701 near to Cragielands House. Credit: Google Maps

Police Scotland has confirmed the road at the scene will be closed for some considerable time to allow for a full crash investigation to take place.

Diversions have been put in place; for immediate updates click here.

Man in court after Beattock minibus crash

This minibus overturned. Credit: Bob Geddes Solway Press Services

A man has been accused of driving carelessly after a minibus crash in Dumfries and Galloway, which caused a baby to be thrown from the vehicle.

Ian Scrivener, 34, from Milton Keynes, admitted in court in Dumfries to driving the minibus while holding only a provisional license, and without insurance.

He has also been accused of driving carelessly, and failing to keep the vehicle under control.

This minibus overturned. Credit: Bob Geddes Solway Press Services
This minibus overturned. Credit: Bob Geddes Solway Press Services
This minibus overturned. Credit: Bob Geddes Solway Press Services

In June 2015 the minibus crashed off the M74 north of Beattock and overturned.

A baby in a child seat was injured after being thrown out and landing on the hard shoulder, and other occupants were also injured.

The case was continued without plea to November 3 to allow Mr Scrivener's solicitor to check a position on possible “blackouts”, and he has given an undertaking not to drive in the interim.

He will be sentenced for driving the minibus with a provisional license, and without insurance, at his next appearance.

Beattock man missing for more than two weeks

Kenneth Thomson. Credit: Police Scotland

Police and family members are growing increasingly concerned about a man from Dumfries and Galloway who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Kenneth Thomson, 54, was last seen in Beattock, near Lockerbie, on Wednesday 29 April 2015.

Despite local coverage, appeals and enquiries into his whereabouts, there have been no reported sightings of him.

He's described as being about 6'2" tall, of medium build, and with fair hair which is balding on top.

He speaks with a Zimbabwean accent, and he has his passport with him.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have had contact with Kenneth over the past few weeks, or who may know of his current whereabouts.

Anyone with any information can call Police Scotland at Lockerbie on 101."

– Inspector Gordon McKnight of Police Scotland at Lockerbie

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Beattock crash victim named

The 46-year-old woman who was killed in a car accident near Beattock in Dumfries and Galloway has been named as Dawn Kirk.

A 20-year-old man who was driving the Vauxhall Corsa involved in the crash, was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or saw the Corsa before the incident is asked to contact police on 0845 600 5701 or anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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