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Sexual assault in Castle Douglas

A woman was sexually assaulted after being grabbed by a man last night.

Police say that the 21-year-old was walking along Church Street at around 8pm when a man approached her from behind.

He pulled her into a doorway where he sexual assaulted her.

But police say she eventually managed to fight him off

The attacker is described as white, bald, between 30- 40 years old, around 5 ft 7 inches in height, with a medium build and stubble.

He was wearing a royal-blue hooded top, which was pulled down and had white tassels attached and blue denim jeans.

Detectives have been studing CCTV and say they have identified at least five people in the area at the time who could provide them with vital information.

They are a group of four people and another person who was walking a dog along King Street at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

"A young woman has been left extremely distressed by this ordeal, she was very brave and fought her attacker off but it is imperative we trace the man responsible.

"I would like to appeal, particularly to the five people who were seen in the area at that time and to anyone else who was in the vicinity to get in touch with us. It’s possible you saw the suspect and thought nothing of it at the time, but if you were in the area or you have any knowledge of the suspect or crime, please do contact us."

– Det Sgt Stephen Bell

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Castle Douglas library to move during refurbishment work

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A temporary Library and IT suite will be set up from Thursday 30 April in Castle Douglas while the Library building is closed for refurbishments.

Dumfries and Galloway Council says the work is necessary as part of plans to bring together the Customer Service Centre, Library and Registration office in the town.

The existing Library building will close at 12pm on Wednesday 29 April, and is expected to be closed for 12 weeks while work is completed.

A reduced selection of books will be available in a replacement facility in the Market Street building, which will have the following opening hours:

  • Monday, 9am until 5pm
  • Tuesday, 1pm until 7pm
  • Wednesday, 9am until 12pm
  • Thursday, 9am until 5pm
  • Friday, 9am until 5pm
  • Saturday, 10am until 1m
  • Sunday, closed

Witness appeal after sudden death of Castle Douglas man

Police in Scotland are appealing for witnesses following the sudden death of a man from Castle Douglas

Robert Kirk became unwell and fell over outside the Wilkinsons store on Cotton Street at 11am on Thursday 2 January.

The 61-year-old was taken to hospital by ambulance, where he then died on Friday 17 January.

Officers do not believe that there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Police are still keen to speak to anyone who was in the Cotton Street area around the time Mr Kirk took unwell.

Anyone who was in the area or saw the incident is being asked to contact police on 101.

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Castle Douglas author returns from war-torn Syria

The conflict in Syria may seem a long way from here, but one man from our region has seen its devastating effects first hand.

In-fighting between rebel forces and the Assad government has forced millions of refugees to flee the war-torn country, many of them children.

The author Robin Yassin-Kassab lives in Castle Douglas, in Galloway.

His father is Syrian, and Robin's just returned from ten days at the Turkish border, helping to clothe and feed as many children as possible during a bleak and freezing winter.

Earlier I spoke to him, and Ian spoke with him, asking him why he felt compelled to go and help.

Castle Douglas choir re-invents Christmas

If you're idea of a Christmas carol is 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and 'Once of Royal David's City' think again.

One choir in Galloway is re-inventing Christmas, by singing forgotten carols from around the country.

Led my Alison Burns, the Feral Choir, based in Castle Douglas, is breathing new life into ancient texts and melodies.

Fiona McIlwraith went to meet them.

Choir leader brings a new twist to Christmas carols

You will be familiar with Christmas carols like 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and 'Once in Royal David's City' but a choir in Galloway says it's is re-inventing Christmas, by singing forgotten carols from around the country.

Led by Alison Burns, the Feral Choir, which is based at Castle Douglas, is breathing new life into ancient texts and melodies.

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