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Dumfries and Galloway fires thought to be deliberate

The two fires are thought to be deliberate. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after two suspicious fires in Dumfries and Galloway.

First, the front door and letterbox of a flat in Kirkcudbright were damaged by fire at around 3pm on Tuesday 29 September.

A neighbour extinguished the flames at the flat on Dee Road, and police now believe it was started deliberately.

The consequences of such a reckless act don't bear thinking about in this case. We want to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around the Dee Road area, and in particular in the vicinity of the flats around 1500 hours yesterday. Callers with information should call us at Kirkcudbright on 101."

– Constable Gillian Dingwall of Police Scotland

Another incident was reported at 12:20am today (Wednesday 30 September), when a car in Dumfries was set on fire.

The red Vauxhall Corsa was found in flames on Wallamhill Road in Locharbriggs, and was seriously damaged.

Extensive enquiries are being made into this reckless act and we are keen to trace a man who was seen in the vicinity the time of the fire. He is described as being white, in his early to mid 30s, stocky build, short dark hair and was wearing a black hooded tracksuit top with a black t-shirt underneath, black tracksuit bottoms and trainers. This man was walking three dogs, an alsatian, a black labrador and a small white dog. Anyone with any information which might help should call us at Dumfries on 101."

– Constable Paul Murphy at Dumfries


Kirkcudbright pupils hold WW2 style party

Pupils at Kirkcudbright School have thrown a WW2 theme party for older residents.

The children, who are all in Primary Seven, have been learning about World War Two and invited 150 older people from the local community to join in with the fun.

Kirkcudbright pupils performed popular wartime songs and poetry. Credit: ITV Border

The children sang popular wartime songs, read poetry and told stories of what life was like for children growing up in the war.

Afterwards the guests were treated to war-themed cakes that they had baked.


Silver lining for metal detectorists

A treasure hunter has told how a five-hour search in atrocious weather ended with him and a fellow enthusiast netting a haul of medieval silver coins.

Derek McLennan and Gus Paterson reportedly used metal detectors to discover the coins in a field at Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, shortly before Christmas.

Overall, the men netted 322 coins, which are said to carry images of various monarchs of the time.

Kirkcudbright flat fire 'arduous and difficult'

Weather conditions made tackling Kirkcudbright flat fire 'arduous and difficult'.

"The upper floor of one of the flats was gutted and extensive damage has been caused to the roofs. The two flats at the side of the property were protected.

"Due to the weather conditions last night the fire was very arduous and difficult to tackle."

– Neville Wright, Area Commander, Scottish Fire and Rescue
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