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Police name man who died in Whitehaven fire

Police have confirmed that the man who died in a house fire in Whitehaven is 40-year-old Grant Flyyn.

Police were called to the property in King Street on Thursday evening.

Mr Flynn was taken to hospital, but later died of his injuries.

Police would like to speak to a man who helped them force entry into the flat. He later left the scene without identifying himself. He is described as being a white male, approximately 5ft 9ins tall with blonde spikey hair. He may have been wearing a grey jacket.

Police are investigating the sudden and unexplained death on behalf of the Coroner and are working together with Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service to establish the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.


Police Scotland warning of water danger

Police Scotland are warning people of the dangers of swimming in rivers following two separate incidents in the region.

Scott Couper died on Tuesday 24 June after getting into difficulty in the River Nith in Dumfries. The 15-year-old was swimming with friends near Carnsalloch last week when he got into trouble.

In a separate incident in the Scottish Borders, two fourteen-year-old girls had to be rescued from the River Tweed after getting trapped near the banking.

"Remember underwater currents may be stronger and the water may be deeper than you think.

"There may also be thick undergrowth under the water that you are not aware of and could become entangled in."

– Police Scotland


"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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