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Police appeal after 'traumatic' jewellery theft

Police Scotland. Credit: PA

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses, after two men stole jewellery from a shop in Moffat.

At around 12:45pm on Wednesday (22 July) the men entered Gemini Jewellers on the High Street and stole a significant quantity of jewellery, with an estimated value in the thousands.

No one was hurt, but police described the incident as "traumatic" for staff at the shop.

The first man is described as white, 5'10" in height, between 40 and 45, slim, clean shaven and with a red complexion. He was wearing a brown flat cap and a short brown jacket, and spoke with a Glasgow accent.

The second man is described as white, 5'10", between 40 and 45, with dark brown curly hair and a protruding lower jaw. He had a scruffy appearance and was wearing a black jacket, jeans and silver rimmed glasses.

Thankfully, nobody was hurt during this incident, however, it was a very traumatic experience for the staff involved.

The incident happened around lunchtime so I am sure there would have been a number of people about at that time.

If you were there, or you recognise the descriptions of the men involved, or indeed, have any information that will help our enquiries, then please contact officers at Annan Police Office either via 101 or CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.”

– Detective Constable Garry Duguid, Annan CID

Body found confirmed as missing camper

Stephen Talbot. Credit: Police Scotland

Police have confirmed that a body found by search teams on the hills near Moffat is that of missing camper Stephen Talbot

Officers found 58-year-old Mr Talbot's body in the area around Garrogill, Moffat, on Friday evening.

Mr Talbot had disappeared on a camping trip to Garrogill on Monday 6 July.

Mountain rescue teams and well as the emergency services and a police helicopter had been combing the hills south of Moffat.

Police Scotland says there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding this death and a report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

They thanked volunteers for helping in the search for Mr Talbot.

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Appeal to find missing camper in Moffat

Stephen Talbot. Credit: Police Scotland

Police are appealing for information about a man who is missing in the Moffat area.

Stephen Talbot, 58, from Wamphray, Moffat, was last seen at about 4pm on Monday 6 July.

He went missing following a camping trip near Garrogill, Moffat.

He's thought to be wearing a long sleeved maroon jumper, dark jogging trousers and walking boots.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

Missing 16-year-old boy in Moffat area

Russell Collins. Credit: Police Scotland

A 16-year-old boy has been reported as missing in the Moffat area.

Police Scotland have appealed for information about the whereabouts of Russell Collins.

He was last seen at around 7:30pm, on Thursday 11 June, in Holm Street in Moffat.

He's described as about 5'9" tall, of slim build, with short hair.

He was wearing black jeans, a white top and black trainers, and it's thought he may be heading for the Eden Festival.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.

Student hits the right note with New York school

A girl from the South of Scotland is swapping Moffat for New York to persue her dreams of performing on broadway.

Lauren McWhan has been accepted into the New York Film Academy.

Watch a clip of Lauren performing below:

She starts next September and is understandably excited.

"Deep down I really wanted to but I didn't know. There were a few other girls there that were older than me, so I thought it might not be my chance this year. I was so happy and delighted that I got in."

– Lauren McWhan

Motorcyclist injured in Moffat crash

A 35-year-old motorcyclist has been taken to hospital following a crash on the A708, Moffat.

Police say the man lost control of his Triumph motorbike and crashed with a BMW vehicle. The motorcyclist was then taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with serious leg injuries.

No one else was injured in the crash, though the crash did lead to traffic delays on the A708 at Selkirk road.

It's believed to have happened around 2pm on 21st September. Anyone with information should contact the Road Policing Department on 101.

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79-year-old narrowly avoids £10,000 scam

Police advise that if people are in doubt about an organisation calling, to hang up and right the bank directly or call the police Credit: PA

A taxi driver has managed to save a 79-year-old man being scammed of £10,000.

The 79-year-old from Moffat had a call from someone pretending to be from the Fraud Office of the victim's bank. The man was told to travel to his bank, withdraw £10,000, take it home and await further instructions.

The man was about to carry out the instructions, however en route to his bank by taxi, he told the driver the story who realised it was a scam and aborted the journey. The matter was reported to the police.

Police ask people to be aware of potential scams and if in doubt, to hang up the phone and call the bank directly or call the police.

'Eyesore' hotel 'bad' for tourism

It's been branded an eyesore and a disgrace - now people in one town in Dumfries and Galloway say they've had enough of waiting for the Edinburgh Woollen Mill to renovate a former hotel.

The Mercury Inn in Moffat has been derelict for nearly 15 years. Campaigners and the local MP say it's bad for tourism and are urging the company to take action.

It says it's already working to refurbish it. Katie Hunter reports.

Hotel owners 'working to redevelop' site

The owners of the former Mercury Hotel Inn in Moffat have spoken out after locals have criticised them for the state of the building.

The site, which has been derelict for almost 15 years, is owner by the hight street chain The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

“We are currently working with the local council, community and MP on plans to redevelop the former hotel site”

– Spokesman, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Local takes a seat in protest over derelict hotel site

The former Mercury Hotel site has been derelict for almost 15 years Credit: ITV News Border

Locals in Moffat are calling for an 'eyesore' hotel to be demolished or revamped.

Alan Rush is leading the campaign and has spent the last two weeks outside the doors of the old Mercury Inn hotel.

Alan Rush is leading the campaign Credit: ITV News Border

The local MP for Dumfriesshire, David Mundell has given his backing to locals, calling the site is an eyesore.

The site is owned by Edinburgh Woollen Mill Credit: ITV News Border

Locals say the the site is driving tourists away from the area, claiming it is having a negative impact on the local economy.

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