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Police appeal for witnesses after Annan attack

Police are appealing for witnesses after an unprovoked attack in Annan town centre.

The 51-year-old man was attacked as he walked down the High Street at 9:10pm on Sunday, 20 April 2014.

He had previously been assaulted opposite the junction with Butts Street.

He was not seriously injured.

The man responsible is described as white, about 25-years-old, under 6ft tall, with short ginger hair.

He was also said to be wearing a red striped jumper and blue jeans.

There was a second man present but he was not said to have taken part in the assault.

If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the man responsible they should call Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Antiques stolen in raid on house in South West Scotland

Wood summer seat
Antique summer seat, one of the items taken. Credit: Police Scotland

Thieves have stolen some antique furniture in a raid at a house in Dumfries and Galloway. The police say that a number of valuable items were taken from the home in Twynholm including a dark wooden table, a grandfather clock face, a brass sun dial and a cast iron and wood summer seat.

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BikeSafe campaign launched in Cumbria

Cumbria Police have launched their annual BikeSafe campaign as the biking season begins.

The initiative has now been run by the force for a number of years and over the next six months, workshops across the county will educate motorcyclists and provide advanced training on road safety.

Workshops will provide advanced safety training Credit: PA

Workshops will be held in Kendal, Carlisle and Workington Fire and Rescue community centres.

Sergeant Jo House, Cumbria Police BikeSafe Co-ordinator, said:

“BikeSafe aims to bridge the gap between having a licence and getting structured training. Regardless of how much or how many years’ experience you have, there is always something to learn when it comes to staying safe on two wheels."

Police investigate attempted hospital break-in

Police are investigating an attempted break-in to stores at Annan Hospital.

The incident is believed to have happened between 12pm on Friday 11 April and 8:30am on Monday 14 April.

No entry was gained to the stores, but around £500 worth of damage was caused to the property.

A white coloured Ford Transit van was seen at the hospital on the afternoon of Sunday 13 April. Police are keen to trace the occupants the van.

Police investigate Scottish Borders break-ins

Police Scotland are appealing for information after several hundred pounds worth of items were stolen from a house in the Scottish Borders.

The incident is thought to have happened in Galashiels between 3pm and 4:50pm on Thursday 3 April.

It's the second break-in in the area within a 24 hour period.

The first incident happened in Coldstream between 2:30pm on Wednesday 2 April and 9:45am the next day.

Nothing has been reported stolen from that property.

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Tackling violence top of Police Scotland strategy

Tackling violence and dealing with antisocial behaviour have been made top priorities by the Chief Constable of Police Scotland in a new Police plan published for 2014/15.

The four main priorities are:

  • Violence, disorder and antisocial behaviour
  • Road safety and road crime
  • Protecting vulnerable people
  • Serious and Organised crime and Counter Terrorism

Local policing 'at heart' of Police Scotland strategy

Chief Constable Sir Stephen House, Scotland Police
Chief Constable Sir Stephen House, Scotland Police Credit: PA

Local communities will be placed at the heart of the strategy for Police Scotland its Chief Constable said on the 1st anniversary of the creation of the new police force.

Sir Stephen House said:

'Our policing focus is on keeping people safe. The first twelve months of Police Scotland have allowed us a real opportunity to better target our policing resource to support local communities and tackle the issues that matter most to them in the places they live.'

He said the plans included putting more officers into the community, providing a visible policing presence on streets and building on the high levels of public confidence policing in Scotland.

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