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Jewellery worth £4,000 taken in Dumfries raid

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Around £4,000 of jewellery has been stolen from a house in Dumfries.

Police say it happened between Friday 17 July and Friday 31 July, when the house in Oakfield Brae was broken into while its occupants were on holiday.

Jewellery including gold rings, bracelets, chains and necklaces was taken.

This is another house in Dumfries which has had a large quantity of jewellery stolen whilst the occupants were on holiday. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the Oakfield Brae area over this period."

– Constable John Donnelly

Police Scotland are also investigating a number of other thefts:

  • Orange coloured chainsaw worth around £175 stolen in a break-in to an outhouse at a caravan at the Creetown Caravan Park sometime overnight Friday 31 July/Saturday 1 August 2015
  • House in Main Street in Kirkconnel broken into sometime overnight Saturday 1/Sunday 2 August 2015
  • Cash and property, including a dvd player, three figurines, GHD hair straighteners, jewellery, a Dell laptop computer and an Ipad air were all stolen in a break-in to a house in Rose Street in Annan sometime between Thursday 30 July and Monday 3 August 2015

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Police Scotland lose 53,000 days 'due to stress'

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Figures obtained by Scottish Labour suggest Police officers have lost 53,000 working days due to stress in the past 2 years in Scotland.

Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray used a Freedom of Information Request to obtain the figures, after a former Police Officer raised concerns about the issue.

The figures show that 10,000 days were taken off due to stress-related conditions between January and March this year.

Elaine Murray is calling on the Scottish Government to take action:

If it isn't working properly 2 years in, we need to have a look at it, and there is a body of opinion now which is saying things are not working as well as they should be, the culture within Police Scotland is not as it should be, there are also significant budget cuts, more to come, there have been serious budget cuts and there is more to come which I know officers are worried about. The government needs to take responsibility for its legislation and needs to look at this.

– Elaine Murray MSP

Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said:

During the first two years of Police Scotland, the total number of days lost through stress-related absence have fallen year on year by more than 17,000. Police Scotland, which has almost 23,000 people who work for the service and in common with any other large organisation, recognises that stress can be a factor in absence rates amongst personnel.

We work hard to ensure that having come through the most significant public sector reform of recent generations, absence and the causes of it are closely monitored and managed to ensure attendance at work is maintained and the level of service to communities is not adversely affected. All of our staff and officers have access to a wide range of support, guidance and welfare services.

We have recently carried out a major staff survey and will continue to work with our personnel at all levels to address issues which arise from it following careful analysis of the results.

– Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick

A Scottish Government spokesperson said:

The Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland take the welfare and wellbeing of their officers and staff seriously and provide a range of support service to help officers and staff in what can be a stressful job.

The recording and management of sickness absence for police officers and staff is a matter for the SPA and Police Scotland. Sickness absence is reported to the SPA Board regularly, with papers published on the SPA website.

It is not appropriate to prejudge the results of the on-going, live PIRC investigation or the HMICS review. It is very important both independent enquiries are now allowed to conclude so that all the facts are established and any issues can be clearly identified and promptly remedied.

– Scottish Government

Something fishy's going on

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Two ponds in Dumfries and Galloway have been targeted by thieves.

Sixteen fish were stolen from a pond at a house in Grahamsfield, Kirkpatrick Fleming at some point last night.

The fish, orange goldfish, black and orange Koi carp, and large orange Koi carp, have a value of around £400

It follows a similar theft of fifteen Koi carp, with a value of around £500, from a pond at a house in Newton Square in Springfield.

This is a very unusual type of theft for our area, and certainly to have two similar thefts, only a few miles apart and in such a short timescale does add to the theory that they may be linked.

We are however keeping an open mind and would ask anyone who may have any information which may assist in these enquiries to get in touch with me though 101"

– Constable Michelle Hamill

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Two killed in Dumfries and Galloway death crash named

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The two men killed in a single vehicle collision in Dumfries and Galloway last night have been named.

Police Scotland said 25-year-old William Kirk from High Bishopton, Whithorn, who was the driver of the car, and 18 year old Justin McCaig, from Myrton Crescent, Port William died following the crash on the A747 Road at West Barr, Port William at around 9:20pm yesterday.

They were the only two people in the car and the Procurator Fiscal has been informed.

Police have re-issued their appeal for anyone who may have been on the A747 road in the area of West Barr, Port William, at the time of the collision to get in touch if they saw the black Vauxhall Corsa car or an articulated lorry which was in the vicinity of the crash.

Police at Stranraer can be contacted through 101.

Two killed in Dumfries and Galloway road crash

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Two men have been killed in a one vehicle road crash in Dumfries and Galloway.

At 9:20pm yesterday (Monday) a black coloured Vauxhall Corsa collided with a bridge on the A747 Glenluce to Glasserton Road at West Barr, Port William around 17 miles south of Newton Stewart.

Following the collision an 18-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene and a 25-year-old man was taken to Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer where he later died.

A full crash scene investigation is currently being undertaken and the road at the scene is closed. Police are seeking witnesses to this crash and want to hear from anyone who may have been on the A747 road at around 9:20pm hours. Witnesses can call police at Stranraer on 101.

Police appeal after Melrose firearm sighting

Police in the Borders were called to woods near Melrose on Friday following reports that a man was seen holding a shotgun.

Police carried out a thorough search of the woods at the back of Harleyburn Court but they did not trace the man. He was not acting in a threatening manner.

Police say he is described as white, aged between 50 and 60 years old and around 5ft 10inch tall. He has greying hair and stubble and was wearing black jacket, black trousers, green Wellingtons and carrying a black rucksack.

“It is not clear at this stage what the man was doing at the time but clearly we are concerned by reports that he was seen in woodland holding what appears to be a double-barrel shotgun.

“There may be a reasonable explanation and that is why we are keen to here from him directly or from members of the public who perhaps saw the man at some point during the day."

– Inspector John Scott, Police Scotland

Beattock man missing for more than two weeks

Kenneth Thomson. Credit: Police Scotland

Police and family members are growing increasingly concerned about a man from Dumfries and Galloway who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Kenneth Thomson, 54, was last seen in Beattock, near Lockerbie, on Wednesday 29 April 2015.

Despite local coverage, appeals and enquiries into his whereabouts, there have been no reported sightings of him.

He's described as being about 6'2" tall, of medium build, and with fair hair which is balding on top.

He speaks with a Zimbabwean accent, and he has his passport with him.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have had contact with Kenneth over the past few weeks, or who may know of his current whereabouts.

Anyone with any information can call Police Scotland at Lockerbie on 101."

– Inspector Gordon McKnight of Police Scotland at Lockerbie
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