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Be safe on Black Friday

People are being reminded to be careful when shopping on Black Friday.

In America, Black Friday is the first Friday after Thanksgiving in the US that kick-starts the Christmas season. To celebrate many American stores offer lots of heavily discounted one-day deals, but usually it’s only on one or two big star products.

Read: What is Black Friday?

It's a day which is becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

Police Scotland have issued the following advice:

  • Use cash machines in well lit, non-secluded areas and stay alert.
  • Check the machine hasn't been tampered with, hide your PIN, beware of who is behind you and keep your cash out of view.
  • When you're out Christmas shopping, you might not realise how much all the presents you're carrying are worth - look after your shopping bags and don't leave them out of view.
  • If you're driving to the shops, park your car in a busy, well-lit area.
  • Don't keep any presents you've bought in the car for longer than you have to and always keep them out of view.
  • Ensure your bag in closed and not easily accessible when not being used.

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Car drives on pavement towards 14-year-olds

Witnesses are being asked to come forward after a car drove along a pavement in Dumfries towards a group of 14-year-olds.

The incident happened around 1.35pm on 26th November on Rosevale Street. Police say that seven 14-year-old pupils from St Josephs College were walking on the pavement when a small, dark blue coloured car, in the style of a Toyota Auris, drove along the pavement towards them, before pulling off and driving off at speed.

It follows an earlier incident which took place outside the Spar shop on Rosevale Street where the driver of this vehicle had spoke with the boys.

The driver is described as:

  • Being between 5’9” and 6’ tall
  • Skinny build
  • Between 50/60 years of age
  • Short grey
  • Untidy hair
  • Local accent
  • Wearing dark rimmed glasses, a mid length light coloured jacket and jeans.

“Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident, however it could have been a catastrophe. I am appealing to anyone who can help us identify the driver of this vehicle to call us on 101, or indeed the driver himself to come forward to explain his actions.”

– Constable Stephen Easthill, School Liaison Officer for St Josephs

Bogus workmen warning for the festive period

People in the Scottish Borders are being urged to look out for bogus workmen over the festive period. Credit: PA

People in the Scottish Borders are being urged to look out for bogus workmen over the festive period.

In particular the community is asked to look out for vulnerable people being targeted.

It follows a recent incident where neighbours of an elderly couple in Oatlands Terrace noticed a group of men carrying out work on the outside of their house. They were suspicious and contacted the police, who found out that the group of men had charged a large three-figure sum to do the work.

Three men were then charged under the Consumer Protection Act and will appear in court at a later date.

"Whilst we are in no way looking to cast suspicion on legitimate tradesman, bogus workmen actively target those in our communities who they regard as vulnerable and offer to carry out genuine work for over inflated prices and very often this is done to a sub standard of workmanship.

By highlighting to family, contacting police or indeed trading standards we can ensure that only legitimate tradesmen carry out work for homeowners within our communities.

I would also ask all members of the public never to allow cold-callers to carry out unsolicited work on your home and always check the identification of anyone claiming to be a tradesman. If you are not entirely satisfied with who they claim to be do not allow them entry to your property and contact police."

– Inspector Tony Hodges, Police Scotland

Family pay tribute to woman killed in crash

The family of a woman, who was killed in a car crash in the Borders, have paid tribute to her.

Jennifer Thomson, aged 69 and from Earlston, died in a crash yesterday (6th November) at 4.55pm on the A7, approximately three quarters of a mile south of Selkirk.

"Jennifer, although having been retired from teaching for several years, still played an active role in community affairs. She continued with supply work, the Red Cross and provided make-up for several border operatic societies. She will be sadly missed by family and friends."

– Statement from Jennifer's family

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Police Scotland.

Police find cannabis farm in Selkirk

Police officer stands guard at the former inn Credit: ITV Border News

Police Scotland have discovered a major cannabis farm in a dilapidated public house in the Scottish Borders.

Police officers swooped on the Queens Head Inn in West Port, Selkirk, on Tuesday when they found a large number of plants. Also recovered were various items of cultivation equipment.

Apart from a brief three month spell at the end of 2013, the Queens Head Inn has been boarded up since it was sold by Punch Taverns in 2011.

Police activity in West Port Credit: ITV News Border

There has been confusion among Selkirk residents - who regard the Queens Head Inn as a cherished local watering hole - on who actually owns the building.

It was advertised for sale last year for offers over £125,000.

"Officers are following a positive line of enquiry in relation to this matter."

– Police Scotland


Break in at Lockerbie Golf Club

Police are appealing for witnesses following a break in at Lockerbie Golf Club.

A hedger, a Honda make Flymo, an electric strimmer and an electric golf buggy are said to have all been stolen from the greenkeepers shed sometime overnight on Monday.

The stolen property is valued at around £800.

Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland.

Police appeal for witnesses following a collision between a car and cyclist

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision near Peebles yesterday evening between a car and a cyclist.

The collision occurred around 6 o'clock last night on the A72 Peebles to Glentress Road near to Eshiels Mill. The elderly cyclist sustained serious injuries and is currently being treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he is in a critical condition. The road was closed for six hours to allow an investigation to be carried out.

Police investigate 'unexplained death' in Gretna

Sebastian Masiewicz died at the Cumberland Infirmary. Credit: Police Scotland

Police Scotland are making enquiries into the unexplained death of a 30-year-old man in Gretna.

Sebastian Masiewicz, a Polish National, was found unconscious at a house in Loanwath Road on the morning of Sunday 19 October 2014. He was later pronounced dead at the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle.

Police are keen to trace Sebastian's movements on the Saturday before his death.

“We are aware that Sebastian had lived in Warwick Road in Carlisle for the past month or so.

"We believe he travelled through to the Stewartry area of Dumfries and Galloway on Saturday afternoon where he went fishing with a friend at Loch Ken and Loch Arthur, before returning to Gretna on Saturday evening, where he arranged to stay overnight with relatives."

– Detective Chief Inspector Laura Mcluckie

Helicopter rescue for walkers in Galloway

Two men became lost in the Galloway Hills Credit: PA

Two men descending the highest mountain in the Galloway Hills were rescued by helicopter last night, after becoming disoriented.

The alarm was raised at about 7pm, when they became lost while making their way down the Merrick.

Police Scotland asked the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team to help, and seven members went to the mountain to locate the walkers.

But as they made their way to the area, the men were rescued by a police helicopter, which was able to land and evacuate them despite the failing light.

It is the first time the Police Scotland helicopter has been deployed in a rescue of this type.

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