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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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Appeal for information after Lockerbie hotel break-in

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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."

– Sergeant Joyce Adams, Police Scotland

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.

One dead and one seriously injured after Borders crash

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."

Family of 81-year-old killed in crash pay tribute to 'Gramps'

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."

Man airlifted after A711 motorbike and tractor crash

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.

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Police hunt man who exposed himself in Dumfries

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."

Run Doonhame almost complete for Dumfries policemen

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Five policemen from Dumfries and Galloway are coming to the end of their epic running challenge for charity.

Sergeant Iain McKie and Constables Sandy Currie, Ian Dawes, Graeme Scott and Adam Watret, all from Police Scotland, are running a 750 mile relay around the UK and Ireland to raise money for Cash for Kids and Care of Police Survivors.

The 'Five Capitals Challenge' is the last charity run taking place as part of the 'Run Doonhame' series. The men began running from London, before reaching Wales, crossing over to Dublin, up to Belfast, over to Dumfries and are now on their final leg heading for Edinburgh.

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"I'm just so incredibly proud of every one of these guys. What they've achieved is amazing, a herculean effort.

"They're all sore and tired but they know the end is in sight and can't wait to cross that finish line in our country's capital.

"The support given by the public has been brilliant. The messages on social media really keep the guys going when it gets tough out there."

– Alan McGowan, Support team, Run Doonhame

The group will finish their seven day challenge with the Edinburgh Marathon tomorrow, where they'll all run together for the first time.

Constable Adam Watret was given one of the biggest challenges of them all- running up the 'Devil's Beeftub' road near Moffat.

The road is a landmark in Dumfries and Galloway due to it's steep incline and stunning scenery.

"Running up the beeftub was tough going i'm not going to lie. But what a way to appreciate the amazing scenery in our region and the weather has been kind to us too.

"Some of the hills in Wales were far tougher so today's not been too bad."

– Adam Watret, Run Doonhame

Police Scotland respond to school hoax threats

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Police Scotland say there is no information to suggest hoax threats made to schools in Scotland are "terrorist related".

One of the schools that received a threatening telephone call was Dumfries High School.

Police Scotland, along with other forces across the UK, is investigating a series of malicious hoax threats made to 13 primary and secondary schools across the country today.

There is no information to suggest these threats were terrorist related. Police Scotland is working with other UK forces to investigate who is responsible and whether the incidents are linked.

We take hoaxes extremely seriously. They divert police resources and cause disruption and alarm to the public.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on the 101. In an emergency always call 999.

– ACC Steve Johnson, Police Scotland

Unlicensed air weapon surrender ahead of new law

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Police Scotland are asking people who own an air gun without a license, to hand in their weapons.

New legislation coming into force in December means it will be illegal to have an air weapon without a license.

There is a surrender campaign from Monday 23 May until Sunday 12 June, where people can surrender their unlicensed air weapons by handing them into designated police stations.

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