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Second break-in at Locharbriggs store

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A Locharbriggs shop has been broken into for the second time this month.

Police say they are investigating after the Premier Store on Auchencrieff Road South was targeted in the early hours of this morning.

The thieves fled empty handed.

"It might be the case that the alarm sounding forced the thieves to abandon their plans to rob the store. This is the second break-in this month, and on the previous occasion cigarettes were the target.

"We are carrying out door to door enquiries in the area and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything around this time.

"In particular we have a report about a moped heard driving up and down the street just prior to the break-in and are keen to hear from anyone who can help us identify the rider of that machine. Callers can speak to us at Dumfries on the 101 number."

– Constable Bruce Kemp, Police Scotland

Police helicopters join search for missing fisherman

Police Scotland air support unit Credit: Police Scotland

Police helicopters have joined the search to find a missing fisherman from Dumfries.

Charles Mellor, 57, was fishing close to the Carnation Factory on the evening of July 8. He failed to return home and was reported missing by his family the following morning.

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Residents asked for help to find missing fisherman

Police searching for a missing fisherman in Dumfries are asking residents for their help in finding him.

Charles Mellor, 57, was fishing in the River Nith on Friday evening but failed to return home.

Inspector Stuart Wilson, from Police Scotland, told ITV News:

It's possible that Mr Mellor might have sought refuge from the rain and I would ask any members of the public to check their gardens or outhouses to see if he's maybe taken cover there and taken unwell.

– Inspector Stuart Wilson

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Two in hospital after A76 bus crash

The front of the bus was badly damaged Credit: Bob Geddes

Two people have been taken to hospital after a bus crash involving a pick-up north of Dumfries.

The single-decker Stagecoach bus crashed near the Irongray junction between Holyrood and Auldgirth on the A76 and ended up in a ditch.

The accident happened just before 5pm on Wednesday evening.

The driver of the bus had to be cut from the badly damaged cab, but the only passenger on board was able to walk free.

Both were taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where their injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

Inspecting the damage Credit: Bob Geddes

"We can confirm that one of our buses was involved in an incident at about 4.30pm today. It took place on the A76 at Hollywood. "Our immediate concerns are for the welfare of the passenger and our driver who were taken to hospital. "Safety is our highest priority. We are assisting police with their inquiries into the incident as well as carrying out our own investigation into the circumstances."

– Spokesperson, Stagecoach
One of the smashed windows Credit: Bob Geddes

'A Scotland/England border would be very disturbing'

Farmers in Dumfries and Galloway have been giving their reactions to the EU referendum vote and the future of their industry.

Dumfries auction mart director John Thomson said that the thought of a border between Scotland and England would be very disturbing for farmers.

Farmers were at a livestock sale in Dumfries, one of the first to take place since the the outcome of last week's vote.

Most said they were unsure about the impact it would have on farming but they wouldn't support the idea of a second independence referendum for Scotland.

Call for action plan for Dumfries town centre

Dumfries town centre Credit: ITV Border

Members of Loreburn Community Council are calling on Dumfries and Galloway Council to put together an urgent action plan for the town centre.

Councillors Niall Cowan and Noel Hastings carried out a brief survey of the town centre to assess the number of empty shops, the cleanliness of the streets, the potential for housing and rateable values of properties.

Following their findings, they're asking Dumfries and Galloway Council to work with them to create an urgent action plan which they say will improve the town centre and encourage more people to spend money in Dumfries.

"It was noted that many properties in the High Street have space above the shops that could, with a degree of sympathy from planners, be turned into much needed housing.

"The survey carried out a count of the properties in the town centre and found around 74 to be empty.

"The High Street badly needs some atmosphere, some hustle and bustle in the evening to bring people in and create the much needed night time economy. "

– Niall Cowan, Lorebrun Community Council
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