The first phase in restoring Moat Brae House which inspired author JM Barrie to write Peter Pan in Dumfries is now complete.
On a trip to Dumfries Kenny MacAskill was quizzed about the closure of Dumfries control
A 7-year-old girl is raising money for victims of a typhoon in the Philippines by busking in Dumfries
Nursery school children from Dumfries have been visiting the home of Peter Pan to celebrate World Book Day.
J.M Barrie used to play in Moat Brae house as a young boy, and it was where he was inspired to write the story of Peter Pan.
The first phase of restoration works have just been completed and the Moat Brae Trust is launching a six-weeks of free public tours of the house.
World book day is being celebrated at Moat Brae House in Dumfries, where 20 school children are going along to learn about the story of Peter Pan.
J.M Barrie played in the gardens of the house as a young boy and that's where his inspiration came from to write Peter Pan.
The house is being renovated by the Moat Brae Trust and phase A of the restoration works is now complete.
The trust is using world book day to launch a six-week period of free public tours to allow people to see what progress has been made.
The building is now fully wind and water-tight and brand new windows have been installed.
During the renovation works some small sections of original mosaics were uncovered. The intricate tesserae work features the classic scrolling detail popular in Greek -Revival decoration.
The first of the public tours will start this Saturday and the trust is inviting everyone to come along and give their comments on the progress.
Moat Brae Trust in Dumfries is launching a six-week period of free public tours of the house where J.M Barrie was inspired to write Peter pan.
School children dressed up in themed costumes will be at the launch later, to mark World Book Day.
A 40-year-old man has died in a house fire at Broomrig Court in Dumfries.
Lee Dobson was found in the house and taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, where he was later pronounced dead.
Emergency services were called to the property just after midnight on Monday, and a small fire was found in the kitchen.
Police are treating the death as unexplained and a joint investigation between the fire and police services has begun.
– Detective Constable Gary Story, Police Scotland
" We are keen to trace the final movements of Mr Dobson in the hours leading up to the point he was found in his home.
"If you were in the area during the evening of Monday 3 March or have any information which might help us piece together his final movements please contact police on 101.”
Three new Burns trails are being launched in Dumfries.
They have been designed to show visitors to the town the sights and views of south west Scotland that inspired the poet and featured in his work
There have been angry exchanges in the Scottish Parliament over the planned closure of several police control rooms.
The Scottish Police Authority agreed last month to close five of the ten centres across the country and Dumfries is expected to be the first to go in April.
Local MSPs claimed these closures were part of a wider failure to take account of local needs.
A 55-year-old man has appeared in court following a 14 hour overnight stand off involving armed police at a Dumfries housing estate.
Brian Ross appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court on two charges involving locking himself in a bathroom at Syme Road while in possession of a knife and refusing to co-operate with police.
Police Scotland have confirmed that a 55-year-old man has been taken into safe custody after he was arrested in his home in Syme Road in Dumfries.
The arrest follows an overnight siege at the house.
Trained negotiators talked with the man throughout the night. The siege eventually came to an end at about 10:30am this morning, 25 February.
– Chief Superintendent Kate Thomson, Police Scotland
“Whilst this was a protracted incident which lasted over 14 hours, the immediate area was cordoned off very quickly by officers and the public were at no time in any danger.”
Police Scotland are still dealing with an incident in Syme Road in Lochside, Dumfries where a man has barricaded himself in his home. Negotiators are talking with the man who is alone. The area surrounding the house is cordoned off.
There is an 'ongoing incident' in the Lochside area of Dumfries on Monday night.
Around fifteen emergency vehicles, including a special operations and police support units, are currently at the scene near Syme Road. Officers have been called from Glasgow to help deal with the incident.
The area has been cordoned off to ensure public safety. Police Scotland have released no further details at present.