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Thirteen Christmas drink-drivers caught in D&G

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Thirteen motorists were caught under the influence of drink or drugs in Dumfries & Galloway over the Christmas season.

Across Scotland 3.3% of drivers stopped between 2nd December and 2nd January were found to be over the limit - a rise from the 2.8% for the same period last year.

Given the publicity that is given to drink-driving every year, it beggars belief that people still put the lives of others and themselves at risk by drink or drug driving on our roads.

Road policing officers have had a presence in all six regions in the West of Scotland over the campaign period to detect those who insist on displaying such selfish behaviour and risking the safety of other road users.

While the drink-drive campaign is over, road safety remains a priority for us and we will continue to patrol road to detect anyone who flouts the law.

– Chief Inspector David McKenzie, Police Scotland

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Public urged to have say on possible police closures

Dalbeattie Police Station. Credit: ITV Border

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 appeal after man exposes himself in Selkirk

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."

– Inspector Bryan Burns, Police Scotland

Bikes worth £7000 stolen in Peebles

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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.

They are:

  • - 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.

– Inspector Mike Bennett
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