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Woman injured in car crash

The front of the car was badly damaged Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service

A driver suffered leg injuries after her car hit a tree in Dumfries and Galloway.

The car left the road, ran down a slope and crashed into a tree at 1.45pm yesterday (3rd January), on the A755 between Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse.

Police and an ambulance were called to the scene and two fire engines were used to winch the car up the slope, in order to free the driver.

The road was closed for one hour and the woman was taken to hospital for treatment.

A spokesperson from the Fire Service stated that:

“This is a reminder that the quiet country roads in our area can be just as dangerous as busy roads and everyone should be extremely careful and drive to the conditions of the road.”

Trial continues of couple accused of major fraud scam.

Kirkcudbright sheriff court Credit: ITV Border

The trial of a couple accused of evading tax and national insurance payments of nearly £1.75 million pounds has heard how investigators raided their home in Dumfries and Galloway.

Stephen and Susan Maxwell from Dalbeattie face charges relating to alleged offences between April 1993 and May 2008.

The jury heard how tax investigators raided the couple's country house, Barncailzie Hall in Spingholm in Castle Douglas in 2008, seizing three computers.

The couple are alleged to have kept the £1.75 million for their own use, buying the Hall that was raided and the crown hotel at Kirkpatrick Durham

The pair deny forming a fradulent scheme to avoid paying tax and national insurance contributions between 1993 and 2008. The trial at Kirkcudbright Sheriff court is expected to last a number of weeks.

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£1.7 million Fraud case starts

Fraud case begins Credit: PA

The trial of a couple who are accused of avoiding tax and national insurance payment to the tune of £1.75 million begins today.

52 year old Stephen Maxwell and his wife Susan, who's 49, from Dalbeattie are alleged to have kept the cash for their own use and used it to buy a small estate and a pub.

They are accused of forming a fraudulent scheme to evade payments relating to their income. Stephen Maxwell is also accused of charges relating to the Insolvency Act.

It's alleged the evasion scheme enabled the couple to buy Barncailzie Hall at Springholm and the Crown Hotel at Kirkpatrick Durham.

The charges relate to a period between April 1993 and May 2008 and in particular refer to Mr Maxwell's employment as an information technology consultant at addresses in London, Bexley, St Alban’s, Springholm, the Isle of Man, Cyprus, Gibraltar and Switzerland.

63 witnesses have been called to the trial at Kirkcudbright sheriff court which is expected to last six weeks.