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Police Scotland is urging the public to give their views on proposals to change the use of police buildings in Dumfries and Galloway, which could see a number of stations being closed.
The force is carrying out a consultation as part of its Estates Review, which aims to streamline services.
The review has found that eight stations: Whithorn, Dalry, Kirkcudbright, Dalbeattie, Moffat, Gretna, Thornhill and Langholm, could all be closed.
In a statement released today, Police Scotland say no decisions have yet been taken, and that they are working with local authorities, politicians and people to "deliver an even better service".
Chief Superintendent Gary Ritchie says some of the force's buildings no longer "fit the demands of 2016 and beyond".
He is urging the public to list their views on this online survey.
Police are appealing for witnesses after reports of a man exposing himself in front of a woman and her grand-daughter in Selkirk.
The incident happened on Station Road at around 6pm on Saturday 15th October.
The man is described as being white, aged between 30 and 40 years old with short dark hair, which could have been a wig.
He was wearing a dark coloured dressing gown and outdoor shoes.
"This indecent and inappropriate behaviour is totally unacceptable and has left the two witnesses understandably distressed.
"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this individual or who has any information that can assist us in identifying him. "Anyone with information is asked to contact officers on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
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Police are appealing for witnesses after several of high value bicycles were stolen in Peebles.
Two houses were broken into sometime overnight between Wednesday, July 20th, and Thursday, July 21st, at neighbouring addresses in St Andrews Road.
Two bikes, a Specialized Camber Comp Carbon and a Carrera Valour, worth in total around £4000 were taken in one incident.
Meanwhile, a nearby shed was broken into resulting in the theft of five more bikes worth a total of around £3000.
- - A black and grey Genesis Core
- - A black Specialized Langster
- - An unmarked carbon fibre racing bike
- - A black bicycle with Claude Butler and Teviot Cycle stickers displayed
- - A Gary Fisher mountain bike with yellow writing on the frame
"We're very keen to trace whoever is responsible for these thefts and reunite the owners with their property.
"I want to hear from anyone who knows anything about these break-ins or who has been approached to buy a second-hand bike in the area in recent days.
Police are appealing for information after an early morning break-in at a Lockerbie hotel.
The incident took place at around 5am this morning at the Queens Hotel. Police say a till with 'a large amount of money' was taken.
"We are currently carrying out door to door enquiries in the area and are keen to speak to anyone who may have been on any of the roads around the hotel at this time.
"Anyone who saw anything suspicious, or can help us identify any vehicles on the roads at that time should call us at Lockerbie on 101."
Police are particularly keen to trace two men seen at the hotel around the time of the break-in. They are described as being between 20 and 30. One of the men is slim and around 5'10" tall and was wearing a white cap, black sunglasses, a charcoal coloured jacket, dark trousers and dark trainers. The second had a black hooded jacket, black trousers and white trainers.
Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road traffic collision in which a car lost control on a bend before flipping over and colliding with a fence.
The accident, which took place on the B6350 near Redden Farm at around 4.15pm on Friday, June 17, involved a silver Suzuki Ignis.
A 47-year-old woman, who was sitting in the rear of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another female passenger was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for treatment where she remains in a serious but stable condition.
The female driver and a further two passengers, a man and a woman, were taken to the Borders General Hospital, however their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
There were no other vehicles involved in this incident.
The road was closed for around six-and-a-half hours to allow a full collision investigation to be carried out.
Police are today urging anyone who saw the vehicle or the collision to come forward immediately.
Sergeant Andy Gibb of the Road Policing Unit based in Dalkeith said: "This is an extremely tragic incident and our thoughts are today with the family of the woman who sadly passed away.
"Our enquiries into this collision are ongoing as we look to establish the full set of circumstances.
"I would urge anyone who was travelling in the area and who remembers seeing the vehicle prior to the collision to please contact police on 101 if not already done."
The family of an 81-year-old man who lost his life in a road traffic collision in the Scottish Borders last week have today paid tribute to him.
William Downie from Lamancha was involved in a collision with an HGV on the A701 south of Leadburn at around 12:20pm on Thursday, June 16th.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement issued through Police Scotland his family said: "We are devastated at our loss of a much loved husband, dad, gramps, great-gramps, brother and uncle.
"He will be sorely missed and we are comforted by the messages from the community, who valued his help and friendship over the many years."
Sergeant Gary Taylor of the Road Policing Unit, said: "Our thoughts are with the family of William Downie at this very sad time and we will continue to offer them support as and when they need it.
"Our inquiries into the circumstances that led up to this collision are ongoing and I ask anyone with relevant information to contact police on 101 if not already done so."
A motorcyclist was rushed to hospital on Wednesday evening after his Suzuki GSX650 motorcycle was involved in a collision with a tractor and trailer.
The accident happened around 5.50pm on the A711 Dumfries - Dalbeattie road near Beeswing village, about six miles west of Dumfries.
The 55-year-old motorcyclist, from Elgin, was flown to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with internal injuries and a fractured arm. The 29-year-old man driving the tractor wasn't injured.
The road was completely closed as emergency services worked at the scene and the air ambulance was brought in with staff helping the personnel and police.
Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses who were on the road at this time or who saw either vehicle before the collision.
Police carried out an investigation into the accident but only the motor cyclist was injured. The driver of the tractor and trailer which was loaded with silage suffered only shock.
The ambulance carrying the motor cyclist was given a police escorted to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary but no details have been given of his condition.
The police in Dumfries want to trace a man who exposed himself in the town.
It happened on a path near to the Robert Burns Centre just after 5pm on Saturday 28 May as a family of five were passing by on their way to a play park.
The man was seen sitting on a bench near to the centre when the incident happened. He is described as being between 30 and 50 years old, about 5'5" tall, big build, with dark, short, curly hair.
He was wearing a light blue shirt and black dress trousers and was carrying a green coloured violin case.
Constable William Dundas said: "We want to hear from anyone who may have been in the area of the Robert Burns Centre around this time to get in touch if they saw this man, or can tell us who he is. Police can be contacted through the 101 number."