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Women's rugby team 'safe' after Dumfries bus crash

The bus left the road. Credit: Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies RFC

A women's rugby team have taken to Facebook to assure people that they are "safe and well", after their bus was involved in a crash on the A701 road between Dumfries and Moffat on 31 January.

The post on the Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies RFC page says that they "all walked away relatively unharmed", and thanks people at the scene who helped them:

All the girls are now home in Glasgow safe and well! It's fair to say the girls are all a bit shaken up! Thankfully no one is seriously injured and we have all managed to walk away relatively unharmed! What an amazing bunch of girls we have! Thank you to everyone who has sent a message to the girls both individually and to our fb/twitter pages. We would also like to say thanks to all who were at the scene to provide a warm car, warm clothes and support to the girls! Special thank you has to be given to the unknown 'action man' who was at the bus within minutes to rip off the sun roof and help the girls climb out!

Thank you also to Stewartry Sirens and their coach Sandy Currie for offering their help.

Thanks to driver Ronnie Thornhill for Stagecoach Dumfries who kindly drove all the girls back into Dumfries, also to the passengers on this bus for offering whatever they could.

Finally thanks to Princess kebab in Dumfries for providing the girls with a VERY generous amount of food, for the little money we managed to scrape together!

The girls are very much feeling the love! Thanks you everyone."

– Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies RFC


Jewellery stolen in Moffat raid

Police Scotland is investigating a break in at a house in Old Well Road, Moffat, between Sunday 10 and Saturday 16 January 2016.

Jewellery including gold chains, an engagement and wedding ring and a broach have been stolen.

The house in question was not occupied when the break-in happened. Some of the items were antique and were of great sentimental value. We ask anyone in the area to get in touch with us with the 101 number."

– Constable Gary Gillan, Police Scotland

Princess Anne to open Annandale Distillery

Princess Anne Credit: PA
The Annandale Distillery. Credit: ITV Border

Princess Anne will officially open the Annandale Distillery and Visitor Centre this morning.

It's been closed for around 90 years, but is now producing single malt scotch whisky once again.

Princess Anne will then head to the International Sheepdog Trials near Moffat in the afternoon.

Hundreds attend service for Air Chief Marshal Dowding in Moffat

A huge turn out, including veterans, current servicemen and members of his family turned out for a commemorative service for Lord Dowding on Sunday.

Hundreds gathered to honour the memory of Lord Dowding. Credit: ITV Border

Lord Dowding was appointed Commander-in-Chief of Fighter command in 1936 and immediately turned his attention to building an air defence capable of preparing Britain for the threat of war with Germany. His work was to prove crucial in winning the Battle of Britain in 1940. Despite the RAF losing 1038 aircraft and 544 pilots and crew.

The permanent memorial to Lord Dowding in Moffat Credit: ITV Border
Paying their respects, the large crowd gave thanks for a lifetime of service. Credit: ITV Border
Royalty, family, servicemen and the general public were all in attendance.

It was under Lord Dowding's leadership that the RAF were able to repel the Luftwaffe and prevent a german invasion by sea. Winston Churchill is quoted as saying that, "We must regard the general-ship here shown as an example of genius in the art of war."


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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