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'Large scale disturbance' in Gretna

Gretna's Central Avenue Credit: ITV Border

Police were rushed to Gretna town centre on Saturday after what officers describe as a large-scale disturbance.

Police Scotland said today that they are looking for witness to the trouble which broke out late in the afternoon in the town's Central Avenue.

Around 30 youths were said to be involved in the disturbance which was broken up by police brought in from surrounding areas.

"Gretna police are looking for witnesses to a large scale disturbance which happened in Central Avenue in the town around 4.15 pm on Saturday.

"Reports are of up to 30 youths fighting, and whilst a number have been identified, witnesses are sought in relation to what happened.

"At this stage it seems that a number of assaults took place although there are no reports of any serious injuries. Anyone who has any information which might help should call police at Gretna on the 101 number."

– Police Scotland spokesman

Three in hospital after Longtown crash

The crash happened on the A6071 near Smalmstown Farm Credit: ITV News Border

Three people are in hospital with serious injuries after a black Vauxhall Astra crashed off the A6071 at Smalmstown Farm near Longtown in the early hours of this morning.

The car left the road on a right-hand bend and crashed through railings into trees and down a bank, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.

It was driven by a 33-year old local man, who had to be cut out of the car by fire fighters along with his front passenger.

The driver and two passengers, a 31-year old man from Lockerbie and a 30-year old man from Brampton, were initially taken to the Cumberland Infirmary but have now been transferred to the RVI in Newcastle.

A third passenger, a 16-year old from Gretna, was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary for minor injuries. They had been travelling from Gretna to Longtown.

Cumbria Police is appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened at around 4.15am on Sunday (10th January) morning.


£1million Gretna revamp to start next month

Central Avenue, Gretna Credit: ITV Border

A £1million revamp of Gretna's Central Avenue is set to get underway early in the new year.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has appointed a contractor to carry out the work that will include a new garden for the register office, improved car parking and revamping of pavements and paths.

The scheme is part of the Gretna Masterplan, which was adopted following extensive consultation in 2008, and identified the need to define the area around Central Avenue and Kirtle Place as the town centre.

"The vision for this project is to revitalise this central space to give it a 'garden village' feel. Quality materials will be used throughout creating a much more pleasant area. I am delighted this ambitious regeneration project has been given the go ahead, when complete, it will physically link several green spaces and be a far more attractive place for locals and visitors to spend time. I also believe that through this investment in the infrastructure the local economy will prosper and businesses in the vicinity will benefit through increased footfall as a result of the revitalisation.

“This project has taken a long time to come to fruition and I understand that some people will be inconvenienced while the work is taking place, but I think the end product of a revitalised, clean and pleasant High Street and surrounding area for people to enjoy will be worth it. Gretna needs investment and I am pleased the council has worked with us to get this project underway”

– Councillor Craig Peacock, Vice Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee

The scheme is due to be completed towards the end of next year.

Central Avenue, Gretna Credit: ITV Border

Police hunt Gretna car vandals

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Eight cars parked in Gretna were vandalised causing thousands of pounds of damage.

Police say the vehicles, parked in Central Avenue, had their paintwork damaged at various times of the day on Friday 6 November.

The cars included three BMWs, a Mercedes, a Fiat, A VW, a Peugeot and a Vauxhall Astra.

Police want to speak to anyone with information on who might be responsible.

"This is an absolute act of wanton vandalism for the sake of it. The cars in question were all parked along Central Avenue and whoever is responsible has caused damage which will run into thousands of pounds.

"I would encourage anyone who has any information which might help us identify those responsible to get in touch with us at Gretna on 101."

– PC Calum Benson, Police Scotland

Gretna crash victims confirmed as two men

Police have confirmed that two people who died in a crash on the A74(M) near Gretna were both men from the Oldham area.

The two men, aged 21 and 22, were travelling in a car which crashed into a bridge column on the southbound carriageway close to junction 21. It happened at around 6am on Sunday. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and formal identification is yet to take place.

The road was closed at junction 21 to allow for police enquiry and recovery of the vehicle. Local diversions were in place and the road was reopened by police at around 12:30pm.

Police Sergeant Leigh McCulloch from the Dumfries and Galloway Trunk Road Policing Unit, said today:

This was a serious road traffic incident which has resulted in the death of two men.

Specialist officers continue to progress the enquiry to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident and I would ask that anyone who may have witnessed the crash contact the Road Policing Unit at Lockerbie via the 101 number with any information they may have.

– Sergeant Leigh McCulloch, Police Scotland

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.


Two dead in A74(M) crash

Two die in fatal crash near Gretna Credit: ITV Border

Two people have died in an accident on the A74(M) near Gretna.

Police Scotland has confirmed that the driver and the passenger in the car died at the scene.

They were travelling southbound when their car crashed into a bridge near junction 21 at 6am this morning.

No other car was involved.

The southbound carriageway has been closed for accident investigators to survey the scene.

No further details about the victims have been released.

Police responded to a one vehicle crash on the A74 shortly after 6am.

The driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

All lanes running southbound are closed for police inquiries.

Diversions have been put in place.

– Police Scotland spokesperson

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call the Police Scotland non-emergency number on 101

Two dead in car crash near Gretna

Two people have died in a car crash in Dumfries and Galloway.

It happened on the A74(M) near Gretna at around 6am. The road was closed southbound shortly after the incident.

A police spokesperson said:

At around 0600 hours, police and emergency services responded to reports of a one vehicle road traffic crash on the A74, southbound, close to junction 21.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

All lanes of the road running southbound close to junction 21 are currently closed to allow for police enquiry. Diversions are in place.

– Police Scotland

Quintinshill rail disaster tree vandalised

The tree was planted in memory of the Quintinshill rail disaster Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland report that a commemorative tree planted in May this year by HRH Princess Anne at Gretna Green has been cut down sometime overnight Friday 21 August.

The pear tree was planted to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Quintinshill rail disaster.

Constable Andy Aitken of Police Scotland at Gretna said:

it beggars belief that someone has carried out such a wanton act of vandalism.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of The Green at Gretna Green to get in touch through 101 if they can help."

– Andy Aitken, Police Scotland

Police Constable Ewan Fraser says the police are appealing for information form the public.

Woman killed in Gretna crash named

The accident happened at the Gretna Services slip road. Credit: ITV Border

Police have named the woman who died in an accident on a slip road off the A74.

Lubna Asad, 48, from Mossheight Avenue in Cardonald, Glasgow, died at the scene - the Gretna Services offslip road - on Sunday 2 August.

A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

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