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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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73-year-old victim of unprovoked street assault

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A 73-year-old man has been assaulted in an unprovoked assault in Dumfries.

The incident happened on Lochfield Road, Dumfries at 5.30 on Monday afternoon. Police say the attacker only ran off when a number of passers-by stopped to help the victim.

The attacker is described as being 5’7”, slim build, short brown hair wearing a black jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms or jeans, and was part of a larger group of young people in the area.

Chance to meet Queen of the South stars

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Fans of Queen of the South are being given the chance to meet the players for a chat and photo opportunity.

The team's stars will be at the Plainstanes near Midsteeple in Dumfries town centre on Saturday 25th June between 10.30am and 11.30am.

The event coincides with the club joining forces with the Midsteeple Box Office who will now be selling match day tickets for league games- allowing fans to buy tickets in advance.

Video montage: Guid Nychburris day celebrations

Thousands of people turned out in Dumfries at the weekend for the busiest day of the year- Guid Nychburris.

The annual tradition dates back hundreds of years, where the local Cornet, his lass, and their cavalcade would ride the boundaries of the town to warn off any intruders.

This year's Cornet was Jordan McLatchie, his lass was Rebecca Nelson and the Queen of the South was Eimear Smith.

Watch some of the highlights from the day below:

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Police hunt man who exposed himself in Dumfries

The police in Dumfries want to trace a man who exposed himself in the town.

It happened on a path near to the Robert Burns Centre just after 5pm on Saturday 28 May as a family of five were passing by on their way to a play park.

The man was seen sitting on a bench near to the centre when the incident happened. He is described as being between 30 and 50 years old, about 5'5" tall, big build, with dark, short, curly hair.

He was wearing a light blue shirt and black dress trousers and was carrying a green coloured violin case.

Constable William Dundas said: "We want to hear from anyone who may have been in the area of the Robert Burns Centre around this time to get in touch if they saw this man, or can tell us who he is. Police can be contacted through the 101 number."

Group of 'eight or nine' attack man in Dumfries

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was allegedly set upon by a group of up to eight or nine other men in Dumfries.

The incident began at around 6:45pm on Sunday 17 April at the front bar of the Hole I' the Wa' Inn on the High Street.

A number of people then moved to the rear entrance of the premises, and it's around that time that a 47-year-old man from Dumfries was assaulted by a group.

He suffered a neck injury and has been treated at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

This was a particularly nasty attack by a group of men on an individual and has resulted in the victim receiving an injury to his neck. We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the bar that day and who may have seen this disturbance.

– Detective Constable Matt Williams at Dumfries

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.

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