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Grand-daughters appeal to find 'sick' masked robbers

Police in Dumfries are looking for two masked robbers who tied up an elderly woman in her home and stole a large quantity of jewellery and money.

The incident happened in the small village of East Cluden in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The woman was unharmed, but her grand-daughters say she's been left distressed by what happened. Lori Carnochan reports:

Dumfries woman, 76, tied up and robbed in own home

East Cluden where the robbery took place Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a 76 year-old woman was robbed and tied up within her home address in the early hours of this morning.

The woman was asleep in her home in East Cluden Village when she was woken by two men in her bedroom just after midnight.

They tied the woman up and proceeded to search the property and steal a significant quantity of jewelry and cash before leaving the house in an unknown direction.

The 76 year-old woman, who was unharmed, managed to untie herself before seeking assistance from a neighbour.

“Although unharmed, this was a very distressing experience for this elderly lady and it is important that we trace the men responsible as soon as possible.

"I would like appeal to anyone who may have any information as to who is responsible. These men need to be apprehended as they have preyed upon a vulnerable lady within her own home.

"I would like to reassure the community that despicable crimes like this are rare and we all must do what we can to trace these men as soon as possible.

"Any information you may have, no matter however small you feel it is, may make all the difference as part of our broader investigation."

– Detective Chief Inspector Colin Burnie

The two suspects are described as white, well spoken, possibly with English accents and aged between 30 and 40. At the time of the incident their faces were covered and the suspects were wearing dark clothing.

Please call police at Dumfries using the 101 number if you have any information, alternatively you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where anonymity will be maintained.


Men in court accused of vandalism wearing 'Anonymous' masks

The men were said to be wearing Anonymous masks. Credit: PA

Three men have appeared in court at Dumfries after it was alleged that men with “anonymous-style" masks damaged the door of a house in the town and threatened the occupants.

Declan Carlton, 19; Kyle Dawson, 21; and 18-year-old Cameron Hogg, all from Dumfries, appeared in private before Sheriff Scott Pattison.

They appeared separately on petitions alleging contravention of the Criminal Law Scotland Act.

Carlton was also accused of contraventions of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

No plea or declaration was made in either case and Carlton and Hogg were allowed bail while Dawson was remanded in custody.

Flood Warning issued for Whitesands in Dumfries

High river levels are likely to inundate parts of the Whitesands car park this morning (Sunday) with peak levels at around noon.

Levels will stay high during the high tide due around 1:30pm to 2pm, with more heavy rain due across the region later in the afternoon and evening.

This will likely cause more extensive flooding of the Whitesands and Mill Green, and possibly to other adjacent areas but it's not clear yet to what extent.

Source: SEPA


Dumfries man captures special proposal on camera

Liam Gordon proposed to Melissa, and captured it on camera. Credit: Liam Gordon

A man from Dumfries secretly flew 3,000 miles to propose to his girlfriend... and captured it all on camera.

Liam Gordon surprised his girlfriend Melissa in Massachusetts, when he turned up unannounced and got down on one knee.

He says more people should recording their memories:

I thought it was nice to document travels and places I've been and things I've done instead of just showing people slide shows I think it gets boring after a while."

– Liam Gordon

Dumfries flood defence scheme set to move closer

Whitesands in Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

New flood defences in the Whitesands area of Dumfries could move a step closer today.

Councillors are meeting to chose their preferred method of protecting the area from flooding.

They're expected to choose a raised walkway alongside the river. But some local companies are concerned that could harm their businesses more than the flooding.

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