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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


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.

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


Coniston Water victim named

Police have named the 21-year-old man who died after getting into difficulty in Coniston Water at the weekend.He was Matthew Oliver Joseph of Harold Hill in Essex.

He was rescued by members of the public after they spotted him in distress in the water.An air ambulance then took him to the Royal Preston Hospital, but medics couldn't save him.

Family pays tribute to A595 crash victim

Iain Bell Credit: Cumbria Police

The driver who was killed in a road collision on the A595 yesterday (3rd June), has been named as 40-year-old Iain Bell from Haltwhistle.

The collision involved a lorry driven by a 52-year-old man from Hartlepool and a Toyota Landcruiser driven by Mr Bell.

Mr Bell’s family have paid tribute to a "gentle giant":

“Iain was a wonderful husband, son, brother, uncle, dad and granddad. He loved to tinker on his old wrecks which he called his pride and joys along with his three grandsons.

“Iain attended Cockermouth High School and later went on to become an electrical engineer undertaking his training at Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant.

"To most he was known as 'Big Iain' or the 'Gentle Giant', he was well liked and respected at Sellafield, where he worked as a construction manager and previously at Chapple Cross."

His wife Linda added:

"On Monday part of me died with him and life will never be the same again for me, our family and anyone else who knew him.”

Cumbria Police is asking any witnesses to contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Nobody has been arrested and the police are continuing with their investigation.

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