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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:

Should Lockerbie investigation continue?

South of Scotland MP David Mundell has questioned how long the Lockerbie bombing investigation should continue. Mr Mundell, whose constituency includes Lockerbie, thinks that a decision needs to be made about 'the finality of the case'.

Last week officers from Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary were amongst a delegation that travelled to he Libyan capital of Tripoli. Whilst there they spoke to government officials, prompting the Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway Police to say the investigation remains 'a very active' one.


Chief Constable's view on single force

Patrick Shearer, the Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway Police, spoke at a special service this morning marking the end of the constabulary. In April it will merge with the other forces in Scotland to create a single police service.

Despite some concerns, the Chief Constable said he remains confident about the level of service that can be provided, and said it was importnat to mark the end of local policing as it currently is.

Police memorial service

There is an added poignancy to the annual police memorial service being held in Dumfries this morning - it is the last one being held before the local force is disbanded.

Dumfries and Galloway constabulary is being amalgamated into the 'Police Service of Scotland' on the 1st of April.

Critics have warned that the creation of a country wide force could see local concerns and issues lost amid wider national problems. The SNP Government insist that the changes will lead to a more efficient force, able to deliver both results and budgetary savings.

A plaque will be unveiled at St Michael's Church in Dumfries during the ceremony, and the man currently in charge of the local force, wants the occasion to be a happy one.

As opposed to talking about the end of the force we wanted to celebrate 65 years of committed and dedicated service by all the officers and staff of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary over the years. These are changing times and indeed this is the biggest change which the policing of our area will have faced in 65 years of existence. There is much to celebrate and indeed much to look forward to as we move into a new era of policing across Scotland in general and Dumfries and Galloway in particular.**

– Chief Constable Patrick Shearer, Dumfries and Galloway Police

Dumfries and Galloway council admit 'serious problems'

Dumfries and Galloway Council headquarters Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries and Galloway Council has admitted serious problems in its social work department after a report highlighted concerns over its financial management.

The audit found its budget has been mismanaged leading to a huge overspend.

The projected overspend is £760,000, and it would have been more but councillors had already agreed earlier to an extra £600,000.

Accountancy technicians will be brought in to help sort out the problem, either from the council's own finance department or an external consultant.

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