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Former Dumfries factory is a 'dangerous playground'

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Police Scotland has reported children are still sneaking into the derelict site of the former Interfloor building in Dumfries, calling it a dangerous playground.

Security has been increased at the site after a meeting of the Local Resilience Partnership (LRP) multi-agency group.

Police and and Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Safety team will be patrolling the area both day and night.

The site at Interfloor has been fenced off for very good reasons and is clearly a dangerous place to go into. I would urge parents to ensure that they highlight this to any children who might think of venturing into the area.

– Inspector Gordon McKnight

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Police appeal after serious assault in Dumfries

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Police are appealing for information after an alleged serious assault in Dumfries.

Officers were called to a disturbance in College Drive at around 6pm on 9th May.

Police understand as many as four people may have been involved in an assault, which resulted in a 29-year-old man being struck on the head with a weapon.

The man sustained cuts to his head and face but was discharged from Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary after treatment.

"It is possible a number of people may have witnessed this disturbance which took place in the street but have yet to come forward".

“Officers will be carrying out door to door enquiries however, I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and who may have seen a disturbance, or if they have any information that will assist officers with their investigation, to contact Dumfries Police Office via 101 quoting incident number PDG0106350517 or if they want to remain anonymous, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

– Constable Scott Ruddick, Police Scotland

Police Scotland consultation open until midnight

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Today is the last day to take part in a consultation being held by Police Scotland.

The 'Policing in Scotland 2026' consultation is on the force's 10-year strategy to "ensure that scottish policing remains fit for the future."

The consultation will remain open until midnight tonight.

Police investigate deliberate house fire in Sanquhar

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Police Scotland are investigating a deliberate house fire in Sanquhar.

Emergency services were called to a property in Crichton Road at around 7am on Sunday 30 April.

The householder was not in at the time, and it believed the fire may have been smouldering for several hours.

The property was extensively smoke damaged as a result of the fire.

"While the house was empty at the time, this was still a reckless and very stupid act of fire-raising. The consequence could have been tragic had the fire taken hold.

"If you saw anything unusual or saw anyone in the area in the hours before the fire was discovered, or have any information about the circumstances of the fire, then please contact police on 101 quoting incident number PDG0097650417".

– Constable Ryan Dougan, Police Scotland

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Man charged in connection with Dumfries assault

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A 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with a serious assault which took place in Glasgow Street, Dumfries on Thursday 27th April.

Police Scotland said it appeared the man had been struck on the head and then attacked on the ground.

The victim was taking to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where he was treated for a collapsed lung.

The incident happened in a bus stop next to Goldie Park at around 4.50pm.

A report is being prepared for the Procurator Fiscal.

Police Scotland crackdown on metal thefts

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Police in the south of Scotland have been carrying out road checks as part of their ongoing crackdown on metal thieves.

Operation Scandium has been running since July 2015, when the project was given £600,000 funding from Transport Scotland.

During that time, police have stopped 5,750 motorists and caught over 100 people dealing in scrap metal without the correct licences.

"We do a lot of prevention work as well, we have a crime reduction officer through in Annandale and Eskdale and throughout the rest of the region.

"So we look to look at the prevention aspects as well as the detection."

– Sergeant Anna Boyd, Police Scotland

Police Scotland appeal for new recruits

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Police Scotland is searching for new recruits in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Aspiring police officers have to be over 18 years old, physically fit, and have the right attitude.

In return, the force says they'll learn new skills, and make a real difference to their communities.

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