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Jewellery theft worth £50k leaves Dumfries woman distraught

A woman from Dumfries has told ITV News Border she is distraught that burglars have taken £50,000 worth of jewellery from her home while she was on holiday.

Carol Williamson, whose family runs the Ivanos Italian takeaway in Dumfries, has said most of her jewellery was of sentimental value.

She believes that her home insurance will not cover the amount stolen.

It's thought that the theft happened sometime between July 3rd and July 10th.

The items stolen included:

  • An emerald and diamond ring, bracelet and necklace.
  • Pearl necklaces and a number of diamond rings and earrings.
  • A quantity of cash was also stolen in the raid.
  • A tanzanite and diamond ring, bracelet and necklace.

Watch Matthew Taylor's report here:

Police are now warning people to take precautions when they are away.


Jewellery worth £50k stolen from Dumfries home

Jewellery worth more than £50,000 has been stolen during a break-in to a house in Pleasance Avenue in Dumfries.

It happened sometime between Saturday 20 June and Friday 10 July 2015.

An unknown amount of money was also stolen in the raid.

Detective Constable Lorna Douglas of Police Scotland in Dumfries said, "We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in Pleasance Avenue, in the area around Troqueer Primary School over this period".

The jewellery stolen is of high value and includes a tanzanite and diamond ring, bracelet and necklace and an emerald and diamond ring, bracelet and necklace, pearl necklaces and a number of diamond rings and earrings."

– Detective Constable Lorna Douglas

Alcohol worth hundreds stolen from Dumfries supermarket

Around £600 of alcohol was taken from the Tesco store. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Alcohol worth around £600 has been stolen from a supermarket in Dumfries.

Brandy, vodka and whisky was taken from the Tesco store, in Lockerbie Road, on Thursday 2 July at around 6pm.

Police Scotland are asking for the public's help to trace two men, described as:

  • Mid to late 60s, with grey hair, of medium build, with dark rimmed glasses, wearing a green and brown striped polo shirt and dark blue dress shorts
  • Mid 40s, with dark hair, of medium build, wearing a khaki coloured cotton jacket

The two men we want to trace in connection with this theft were seen to wheel away the drink in a trolley and appeared to be acting together.

This does appear to be a planned theft and we appeal to anyone who may have been in the store around this time to get in touch is they can help us identify them, through the usual 101 number."

– Constable Ian Dawes from Police Scotland in Dumfries


Guid Nychburris Day: The line-up

It's one of the biggest events of the year in Dumfries.

The annual Guid Nychburris Festival starts today, June 22, and features rides outs, parades and parties.

Months of work goes into the planning to ensure it's a success.

The ceremony follows a route and sequence of events laid down in the mists of time.

Formal proceedings start at 7.30am with the gathering of up to 250 horses waiting for the courier to arrive and announce that the Pursuivant is on his way.

At 8am they leave the Midsteeple and ride out to meet the Pursuivant. They then proceed to Ride the Marches and Stob and Nog (mark the boundary with posts and flags) before returning to the Midsteeple at 12.15pm to meet the Provost, and then the Charter is proclaimed to the town's people of Dumfries.

This is then followed by the crowning of the Queen of the South.

'It's taken 5,500 people to get DG Council to listen'

A retired businessman, who has handed in a petition against the planned flood defence system at Whitesands, in Dumfries, has slammed the town's council.

David Slater says it's taken a 5,500 signature petition to get Dumfries and Galloway Council to engage with people who are concerned about the plans:

The main area of concern for protesters is the plan to scrap 230 parking spaces at Whitesands, which they say will affect local businesses.

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