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Car stolen and set on fire in Dumfries

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Police are appealing for information after a car was stolen and found on fire in Dumfries.

The blue Ford Focus was taken from the driveway of a house in Callum Road in the early hours of Sunday.

The car was later reported on fire in Lochfield Road at around 7:35am on Sunday morning.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but not before the vehicle was extensively damaged.

"We are keen to trace the following described man who was seen in the Callum Road area at around 0345 on Sunday morning.

"He appeared to be ringing doorbells in the street and is described as being in his late 20s, had a beard and was wearing a black jacket.

"We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this car being driven in the Dumfries area in the early hours of Sunday morning. The number of the car is SD 10 XEU."

– Constable Chris Kemp, Police Scotland

Criminal damage to Carlisle Christmas decorations

Police want to speak to this person captured on CCTV Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are investigating criminal damage to Christmas decorations at a Carlisle shopping centre.

The offence was committed at around 7.40pm inside The Lanes on Sunday 20 November.

Officers say they want to speak to the person pictured in the CCTV image above in relation to this investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to Sgt Rachel Gale or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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Two teenagers charged with wilful fireraising in Peebles

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Police in the Scottish Borders have charged two teenage boys following an act of wilful fireraising in Peebles.

At around 1.30pm on Saturday cardboard and other combustible materials were set alight in the Alexander Lucas Stand at Whitestone Park.

"This was an extremely disrespectful act which risked the safety of everyone within the grounds.

"I want to thank the public for their support during our enquiries and reassure the local community that behaviour such as this will not be tolerated."

– PC Barry Taylor of Peebles

“Deliberately set fires are dangerous; they waste time and money, and keep our crews away from real emergencies.

“Those who start these fires deliberately are not only wasting time and resources, they must remember it could be someone they know who may be in serious danger elsewhere, but firefighters have been delayed due to their actions.

“Whether the reason for starting fires deliberately is boredom, bravado or wanting to see the fire engine go past with its lights on, it doesn’t matter, their actions could ultimately put lives in danger."

– David Farries, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

The 13 and 14-year-old will be reported to the Children's Reporter.

Cyclists urged to protect their bikes from thieves

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Cumbria Police are encouraging cyclists to protect their bikes from thieves.

Officers are holding two bicycle security marking events later this month in South Lakeland.

The events will see bikes marked with a RetainaGuard product to enable stolen bikes to be returned to their owners. The bikes will be marked with a unique code and contact number, which is stored on the ISR database.

The kit, which costs £3, also includes six tamper-proof stickers and an International ISR card.

“In the first instance we’d ask bike owners to make sure their property is secure. Make sure bikes are kept somewhere safe and secure (e.g. chained to a ground anchor within a shed) . Don’t make it easy for thieves.

“Unfortunately, these crimes still do happen because bikes can be of high value and easy for criminals to sell on. Marking is a good step to deterring the thieves, but also means that should your bike be stolen it can be identified as yours wherever it may be found.”

– PCSO Emma Forrester, Cumbria Police

The events will be held on:

Saturday 23rd January, 10am-1pm, Coniston Sports and Social Centre, Shepherds Bridge Lane, Coniston LA21 8AL

Sunday 24th January, 10am-12noon, Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School, Main Street, Hawkshead LA22 0NT

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