Police Scotland can now confirm that the body is that of 31 year old Annan man Ian Carruthers, missing from the town since 17 January 2014. A post mortem examination has taken place and enquiries into his disappearance continue. The family of Mr Carruthers have been informed.
Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after £640 worth of goods were stolen from a Hawick flat.
The break-in happened sometime between 6.30pm and 9.30pm on Wednesday 5th March at an address on Gladstone Street.
Electrical goods including a TV and games console were taken.
Police are asking witnesses that saw anything suspicious in the area at that time to get in touch.
A piece of hospital equipment worth around £2000 has been stolen from a Dumfries hospital.
It's thought the defibrillator was taken between 8:30am on Tuesday 18 February and 8:30am on Wednesday 19 February.
If anyone has any information about the theft or the location of the item, they are asked to call Police on 101.
Victims of hate crime in Scotland are being urged to come forward and report their attacks as part of a new campaign.
'Speak Up Against Hate Crime', launched by the Scottish Government, aims to empower victims and witnesses of crimes based on race, religion, disability, sexuality or gender identity.
– Roseanna Cunningham, Community Safety Minister
“It’s extremely important for victims or witnesses of hate crime to speak up and have their voices heard. We take a zero tolerance approach to incidents of hate and Police Scotland is working hard to gather information on people suspected of committing hate crime acts. Ultimately, reporting hate crime assists not only with that particular incident but also helps prevent it happening to others. [The campaign] will raise awareness of what a hate crime is, and give victims the courage to speak up while ensuring perpetrators of this damaging prejudice are clear these acts are unacceptable.”
Between 2012 and 2013 there were more than 4,000 racially aggravated charges of hate crime reported, with a rise in reported incidents relating to religion, disability and sexual orientation.
Local policing divisions are working to gather intelligence on people suspected of committing a hate crime.
– Superintendent Gavin Phillip, Police Scotland
"Police Scotland treats hate crime as a high priority and would urge any victim or witness to report it to allow us to thoroughly investigate and deal robustly with offenders. We recognise the impact hate crime can have on individuals, families and communities and will treat each case sensitively, using specialist officers and services where appropriate."
To report incidents of hate crime members phone the Police on 101, or 999 if it is an emergency, or report in person at any Police office.
Police are appealing for help in tracing a Borders man who hasn't been seen since boarding a flight. Peter James Smith, who is 29, and from Selkirk was last seen leaving the UK on a plane to Fuerteventura from East Midlands Airport on 14th January.
Police Scotland say his family are "increasingly concerned" about him. He may have returned to the UK but his family are unaware of this.
Peter is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, slim build, blue eyes, shirt light brown hair and with a Scottish Borders accent.
Inspector Carol Wood from Police Scotland said: “Police are concerned for Peter and keen to find out his whereabouts. Anyone who believes they have seen Peter, or who has information that can assist our investigation is asked to contact police immediately on 101 or 0131 440 6861."
There is an 'ongoing incident' in the Lochside area of Dumfries on Monday night.
Around fifteen emergency vehicles, including a special operations and police support units, are currently at the scene near Syme Road. Officers have been called from Glasgow to help deal with the incident.
The area has been cordoned off to ensure public safety. Police Scotland have released no further details at present.
Dog owners in Dumfries are being warned to take care of their pets when visiting supermarkets or shops.
There have been a number of incidents of dogs being let off their leads after owners tied up outside shops as they went inside.
In one case, a Border terrier was released from an unlocked car.
Another saw a Jack Russell terrier and a Staffordshire terrier released from leads while tied up outside.
All occurred at the Morrisons storein Dumfries.
The dogs were later found wandering around other supermarket stores car parks, quite some distance from where they were last seen.
A Bedlington whippet, which had been tied up outside the Co-op in Annan was also taken, later turning up 16 miles away at the Morrisons car park in Dumfries.
Police are unsure of the motive of these incidents.
– Constable Judith Richardson, Dumfries Community Policing Team
“Clearly dogs being targeted for whatever reason, and whilst in these four cases there has been a happy ending, the next dog may not be so lucky. Owners should ensure that they do not leave their pets open to possible theft or interference when out and about shopping.”
Two seasoned Dumfries criminals were sentenced yesterday at the Glasgow High Court.
George Dempster, 63 years, received seven years and Robert Beauly, 48 years, received eight years for drugs supply offences totalling £310,000.
The arrests were part of an intelligence led operation, codenamed Operation Scribble, which focused on the drug dealing activities of a serious an organised crime group ran by Dempster and Beauly.
– Detective Inspector Mark Carruthers, Police Scotland
"The latest sentences send out a strong message to those involved in drug supply that the police, the judicial system and the community will not stand for it. Serious and Organised Crime has no place in Dumfries and Galloway and this is another example of our continued efforts in tackling the most serious offenders throughout the region. No matter how high up the food chain a criminal is, they are not immune to the law and face the same consequences as anybody else. If you are involved in the supply of drugs in this region, we will target you."
Two seasoned Dumfries criminals were sentenced yesterday, 17 February, at the Glasgow High Court.
63-year-old George Dempster received seven years and Robert Beauly, 48, received eight years for drugs supply offences totalling £310,000
The arrests were part of an intelligence led operation, codenamed Operation Scribble, which focused on the drug dealing activities of a serious and organised crime group run by the pair.
Following a seven week operation by the Organised Crime Unit, Dempster and Beauly were stopped in a vehicle on the A75 near Gretna on 22 August 2012.
They were found to be in possession of around three kilos of a recognised mixing agent for heroin.
A further one kilo of mixing agent for cocaine was recovered at an address in Dumfries linked to the pair.
Evidence gathered by the investigative team proved that this powder was to be used to mix with heroin and cocaine in order to maximise the profits made by Dempster and Beauly.
Both men have had an extensive criminal past and have been involved in drugs supply in Dumfries and Galloway for a number of years, with numerous previous offences.
Dumfries and Galloway saw a 26% rise in violent crimes last year.
The figures, gathered between April and September last year, showed there were two murders and four attempted murders in the area.
The findings also show that:
- in the Galloway Division there were 24 crimes of violence, five of them in the Stewartry
- in Nithsdale reports were down from 31 to 28
- In Annandale and Eskdale there was a 62% increase, with figures up from 16 to 26.
Chief Inspector Steven Lowther, the local commander in Annandale and Eskdale, said during this period seven serious assaults had been reported in his area which was a decrease and all had been detected.
In Nithsdale there were 11 serious assaults and eight robberies and all 19 crimes were detected.
Police Scotland do however said that Dumfries and Galloway continues to be one of the safest areas to live in Scotland with low levels of crime and road casualties.