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"Drug dealers do not care" warns police detective

"Quality assurance is not something that is applied to illicit drugs, a fact that is supported by forensic analysis.

"You have no idea what you may have taken or the effect on your body. Drug dealers do not care what they are peddling, they are only interested in making money and do not care about the devastating effects of incidents like this may have on the local community and the families of those concerned.

"The circumstance of this death is something we are actively investigating and would like to assure the public that we will take every opportunity to report the persons responsible for supplying such a substance."

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Hollis, Dumfries and Galloway Division, Police Scotland

Early detection could prevent death

If users experience any of the following symptoms after ingesting the drug, they are advised to visit a hospital as soon as possible.

The symptoms are treatable if medical help is found early enough:

  • High temperatures
  • Overheating
  • Dehydrating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea and vomiting

If you are concerned about any individual you can obtain information locally from Addaction, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries, telephone 01387 263208, or NHS Specialist Drug and Alcohol Service, Lochfield Road, Dumfries, telephone 01387 244555.

Warning to drug users in Dumfries and Galloway

The logo, resembling a well known car manufacturer, is visible on the pills Credit: Police Scotland

A warning is being sent out to drug users in Dumfries and Galloway over the circulation of potentially lethal drugs.

Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership are raising public awareness after the death of a young man in the Annandale area.

Medical professionals and the police are still investigating the death, but they believe that it may be related to tablets he used shortly before he died.

Dr Derek Cox, the Director of Public Health and Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership, said:

“We are very concerned about the circumstances of this death, not only for the tragic and unnecessary loss of a young man’s life but also the fact that hazardous unknown tablets are being consumed in our area.

"These tablets maybe sold as Ecstasy but in reality the substances they contain are largely unknown and untested. If taken they can have a dramatic effect on the user and the people surrounding them."

The tablets Credit: Police Scotland

Appeal to trace lorry driver involved in A75 collision

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a 19-year-old boy died after being struck by a lorry on the A75 on Saturday night (17th August).

Kieran Currie, and two of his friends, were walking on the eastbound carriageway near to the top the entrance to Calgow farm, about a mile east of Newton Stewart, when he was hit by an eastbound passing lorry.

The lorry did not stop after the collision and has not been traced.

"This is a tragic set of circumstances which has left a young 19-year-old man dead.

"We are appealing to anyone who was using the A75 road in the Newton Stewart area at around 0240 hours on Saturday 17 August 2013 to get in touch with police through 101.

"The lorry which appears to have struck Kieran has yet to be traced, and it may well be that the driver of that vehicle is unaware that he has been in a collision.

"We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at that time to get in touch, and in particular, we want to hear from the drivers of all heavy goods vehicles who were on the A75 driving east around that time.

"Likewise we are keen to speak to the occupants of a small blue coloured car who stopped at the scene of the crash shortly after it happened and offered assistance.”

– Inspector Neil Hewitson, Roads Policing Inspector for Police Scotland

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Appeal for witnesses after teen dies on A75

Police are appealing for witnesses after 19-year-old Keiran Currie died as a result of a road collision on the A75 on Saturday night (17th August).

The incident happened at 2.40am near to Calgow Farm, about one mile east of Newton Stewart.

Police are looking to speak to the people who stopped to offer help shortly after the accident.

They were travelling in a small blue car.

If you witnessed the accident or seen anyone walking in the area before 2.40am, please contact police on 101.

Carronbridge bike crash victim dies

The motorcyclist who was involved in a collision at Carronbridge on the A76 on Saturday (13th July) has died.

41-year-old Michael Blair, from Ballochmyle Avenue in Auchinleck, was taken to the Southern General Hospital for treatment in Glasgow, but died from his injuries.

The Procurator Fiscal has been informed.

Borders bike crash victim named

The motorcyclist who died in a collision near Selkirk on Sunday (14th July) has been named as John Southern, from Blyth, Northumberland.

The 60-year-old was riding his Triumph Tiger when he was involved in a collision with a Seat Leon car on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells Road, near to Lindean, at around 4.30pm.

Mr Southern was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by air ambulance but later died.

The three people in the Seat Leon were taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

"Mr Southern was travelling in a large group of motorbikes on the A699 Selkirk to St Boswells Road when the collision happened.

"An investigation is underway in order to establish the circumstances, and we are appealing to any witnesses to contact Police Scotland on 101."

– Spokesperson, Police Scotland
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