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Justice Minister to visit Dumfries policing service

Scottish Justice secretary Kenny Macaskill is visiting Dumfries today, as the row over the police control room there continues.

Mr MacAskill will hear about the work of units introduced by Police Scotland such as the Trunk Roads Policing Team and specialist Divisional Rape Investigation Team.

A report about Police Scotland's contact centres and control rooms will be presented to the Scottish Police Authority Board on Thursday 30th January.

It includes proposals to close the services in Dumfries, a move that's been criticised by the local MP, Russell Brown.

Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital

Around 1:30pm hours on Saturday 13 July 2013 a serious crash occurred on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road at the southern entrance to Drumlanrig Castle involving a car and a motorbike.

The 41 year old rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital by air ambulance suffering from serious injuries. The 80 year old driver of the Citroen was not injured.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash or who may have seen either vehicle prior to the collision to contact officers at Thornhill Police Station on 101

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Council to consider buying three wind turbines

Wind turbines like these at Glenluce Primary School could be installed on other council-owned sites Credit: ITV News Border

A council is considering putting up three of its own wind turbines to pay for and off set carbon emissions from its street lights.

Planners at Dumfries and Galloway are meeting to discuss installing three turbines up to 66 metres high on council land.

They have identified 11 sites and are considering using school playing areas.

Opponents have criticised it for being nothing more than a 'money-making scheme'.

Full report: Justice Minister visits Dumfries and Galloway Police

The Scottish Justice Minister gave assurances today that local policing issues won't suffer when the eight forces in Scotland merge into one next month.

Kenny MacAskill was paying his last visit to Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.

He met drug enforcement officers in Dumfries who have just arrested scores of people in an operation to crack down on local gangs.

Matthew Taylor has this report:

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Cabinet Secretary for Justice visits Dumfries

Kenny MacAskill Credit: PA

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, is visiting Dumfries and Galloway Police station today, before all forces in Scotland amalgamate on 1st April.

Mr MacAskill will meet with Chief Constable Shearer, where he will hear from officers about their recent work on a region-wide drugs operation.

Full report: Lockerbie bombing investigation continues

The investigation in to the Lockerbie bombing is still 'very active' and police say they are keen to 'build on' what was learnt by officers who visited Libya last week.

The comments were made by the Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, speaking exclusively to ITV News.

One MP says he hopes that a final decision can be made as to whether there is a case that can still be pursued against people who are still alive.

John Bevir has this report:

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