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Mental health stigma 'still a long way to go'

A woman who runs a mental health charity in Dumfries says there's still a long way to go when it comes to mental health stigma.

Linda McLachlan is the founder of Soul Soup, which is an organisation helping young people to deal emotional and psychological issues.

She say's that people are becoming more aware of mental health issues but that there's a lot of work to be done, particularly with school-aged children.

Calls for more mental health services in D&G

Calls are being made for more mental health services for young people in Dumfries and Galloway, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Chloe Kacedan, from Lochmaben, has had mental health problems for the past few years and hopes to help young people struggling to cope.

The 26-year-old released a video two years ago to try and reduce mental health stigma, and the video went viral with more than 2,500,000 hits.

She'd now like to see more drop-in centres in rural places like Dumfriesshire.


Holy cow! Police close roads in Dumfries after bull escapes from market

Police in Dumfries were forced to close Annan Road and several surrounding roads, after a rampaging bull escaped from a local market.

Drivers were warned to avoid the area and people were told to stay in their homes.

Police soon detained the escapee cow and the roads have been reopened.

The stand-off between the police and the cow. Credit: Graeme Robertson
Credit: Graeme Robertson

Police appeal after spate of vandalism in Dumfries

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after vandals targeted a number of properties and cars in Dumfries.

The incidents occurred between 8:30pm and 10pm on Friday 6 May, and areas targeted include Craigs Road, Maplebank Loaning, College Street, King Street, Irongray Road, Glasgow Street, Waverley Road, and Merrick Place.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

Dairy farm to showcase milk production

Roan's diary farm sells milk directly to customers instead of supermarkets Credit: Roan's Dairy

A dairy farm in Dumfries and Galloway which sells milk directly to customers rather than supermarkets is holding an open day.

Roan's Dairy, in Dalbeattie, is staging the event to show consumers how they produce milk and operate their business.

Investigation continues into suspicious fire in Dumfries

Police say the derelict building is used by youths and the homeless Credit: Drew Geddes

A Grade A listed house in Kirkton, Dumfries, has been extensively damaged in a fire.

The fire at the derelict Carnsalloch House was well-developed when emergency services arrived just after 11pm on Friday 18 March.

A joint Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service investigation is ongoing and police are appealing for information.

“Carnsalloch House is an isolated property to the east of Kirkton Village which has been unoccupied for some time. However, I am aware that local youths frequent the grounds of the property and there is information that in the past homeless people may have sheltered there. There is no information that anyone was sheltering within the house at the time of the fire, however, due to the condition of the building, neither the fire service nor the police are able to get access. As such, I am keen to speak to anyone who has recently been in or around the property or has any information that may assist the police with their enquiries."

– Detective Inspector Bryan Lee, Dumfries CID
The building is a Grade A listed structure Credit: Drew Geddes

Information can be passed to officers at Dumfries Police Office via 101.

Police say the damage is extensive Credit: Drew Geddes


Lecturers to strike at Dumfries and Galloway College

Lecturers at Dumfries and Galloway College will strike on Thursday 17 March, as a national campaign for fair pay and pay equality in Scotland's colleges escalates.

The strike action is planned to continue until the summer, rising to two and then three days per week, if no resolution is reached in the pay dispute.

Both college campuses will be closed on Thursday.

Police hunting Dumfries car vandals

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Five vehicles parked in College Street, Dumfries were vandalised around 9.30pm yesterday.

The vandals caused a variety of damage including smashed windows and broken wing mirrors to a Honda Jazz, a Renault Dispatch van, a Honda Civic, a Mercedes and a Volkswagen Golf.

A window was also smashed on a lorry which was parked in the fairground on Whitesands.

This is yet another example of wanton vandalism to vehicles in Dumfries which will cost the owners a lot of money and inconvenience. We are appealing to the public to help us catch those responsible and ask that anyone who has any information which might help to get in touch with us at Dumfries on 101.

– Constable Ruairidh Matthews, Police Scotland

Police appeal after 'a number of serious assaults' in Dumfries

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after "a number of serious assaults" are believed to have taken place at an address in Dumfries.

The disturbance took place in the area around Hope Place in the town on the evening of Wednesday 25 February 2016.

A number of male youths were seen to be congregating and some were seen to be suffering from injuries.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area of Glasgow Street and King Street between around 7pm and 7:10pm.

At this time we are still carrying out investigations into what appears to have been a number of serious assaults at an address in Hope Place in Dumfries.

We are interviewing witnesses and still want to hear from anyone who may have been in or around that area last night. Anyone with any information can get in touch with us through the 101 number."

– Detective Inspector Scott Young
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