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Four wanted in relation to slew of alcohol thefts

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Police Scotland is investigating a number of thefts and attempted thefts of alcohol from Cooperative Stores in Dumfries and Galloway.

Three incidents were reported over the weekend - two on Friday and one on Saturday.

Shops targeted include those in Moffat, Sanquhar, and Wigtown. Police are looking for a group of two males and two females in relation to the reports, with descriptions as follows:

  • Male, 30/35 years, short dark hair, about 6' tall, medium build.
  • Male, about 30 years, skinny build.
  • Female, mid 20s, shoulder length dyed bright red hair
  • Female, mid 20s, dark hair tied up.

Reports have also been received that these same four people have been in the Cooperative Stores at Kelloholm and Castle Douglas, although nothing has been reported stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Forest worker assaulted by three men in Newton Stewart

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Police Scotland is investigated an assault on a Dutch forestry worker in Newton Stewart.

The 25-year-old was attacked by three men when he arrived at his place of work, about two miles north of Glentrool.

The men assaulted the victim with a metal bar at around 8am on Saturday morning. He was left with bruising and soreness but no broken bones.

The three attackers are described as being Polish nationals, bald headed with muscular necks. They were wearing tracksuit trousers and fled the scene in a white coloured Ford Transit type van, which had a smashed passenger window.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.


Trailer stolen in Scottish Borders

Police are appealing for witnesses.

A trailer worth £4,000 has been stolen in the Scottish Borders.

The 12-foot Ifor Williams livestock trailer was taken from Falla Hill Farm, in Heriot, at between 6pm Sunday 22 March and 6:30am the following morning.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland:

"Whoever took the trailer would have either had to load it onto a very large transport vehicle, or attached it to an appropriate car or van to be towed.

"As such, we are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the Fala Hill, Heriot area between Sunday evening or Monday morning.

"In addition, anyone who believes they know the current location of the trailer is also asked to contact police immediately."

– Inspector Bryan Burns

Robber held 80-year-old woman in own home with a gun

Police in the Borders are hunting a robber that held an 80-year-old woman in her own home in the Yarrow Valley with a gun, before making off with cash and taking her car.

Police say the silver Ford Fusion was discovered on Selkirk's Bannerfield Drive following the robbery, which happened at around 9 o'clock on Wednesday evening.

The street where the car was found (Bannerfield Drive) Credit: ITV Border News

Anyone who saw the car being driven in Selkirk, the Yarrow Valley or in Galashiels are asked to contact Police Scotland.

Fire crews tackle Gretna farm blaze

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have been called out to a farm fire in Gretna.

Fire crews from Gretna, Annan and Longtown attended the blaze at 4:05am this morning. They were faced with a developing fire within an industrial farm building. The Incident Commander immediately assessed the situation and due to the size of the blaze requested additional resources; resulting in two other fire appliances being mobilised to the scene from Annan and Langholm Community Fire Stations.

Fire-fighters, wearing breathing apparatus sets, are still continuing to tackle the blaze using a number of main firefighting water jets, capable of projecting water a considerable distance.

Fire and rescue service crews are working alongside colleagues from Police Scotland to bring the situation to a safe conclusion and it is estimated they will remain in attendance for some considerable time.


Police name Selkirk burns victim

A woman who died from serious burn injuries in Selkirk yesterday has been named.

Ade Murray, 28, was found early in the morning lying on a main road outside a secondary school in Selkirk.

Passers-by and neighbours immediately came to her aid with blankets and she was taken to Borders General Hospital suffering from serious burns. But several hours later it was confirmed she had succumbed to her injuries and passed away. Last night an investigation into exactly what happened on the Galashiels to Hawick A7 road on the south side of Selkirk on Wednesday) morning was still ongoing.

It is understood there are no suspicious circumstances into Mrs Murray's death but Police Scotland said the cause of the woman being set on fire was "unexplained." Investigators at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were still at the scene 10 hours later trying to establish whether she had deliberately set herself on fire or whether it had been an accident. Emergency services were called to Hillside Terrace in Selkirk around 7.20am when they found Mrs Murray lying on the road being tended to by a number of people.

As pupils started to turn up for lessons at Selkirk High School - directly opposite the accident scene - the main A7 road was closed off to allow a full investigation to take place.The semi-detached stone-built property at 24 Hillside Terrace, which is part of the A7 road in Selkirk, was also sealed off by investigators.

"Police in the Scottish Borders responded to an incident in Selkirk at around 7.20am on Wednesday where a 28-year-old woman was found with serious burn injuries in Hillside Terrace. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service were also in attendance and the woman was taken to Borders General Hospital where she passed away. Her family has asked to be left to grieve in private. Her death is being treated as unexplained and enquiries are ongoing at this time."

– Police Scotland spokesman

Break-in at beauty parlour in Hawick

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following a break-in to a beauty parlour in Hawick today.

The incident happened some time between 11pm last night and 2.15am this morning on O’Connell Street.

Various items including a three-figure sum of cash and an Ipod Classic were stolen.

Officers are now urging anyone with information that can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity in O’ Connell Street overnight or if they have been offered this item for sale.”

– Inspector Bryan Burns

Woman found with serious burn injuries in Selkirk

Police close Hillside Terrace in Selkirk Credit: ITV Border News

A woman has been taken to hospital with serious burn injuries after being found in Selkirk this morning.

Police Scotland closed the A7 for an hour to allow access for emergency vehicles.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police in the Scottish Borders responded to an incident in Selkirk at around 7.20am on Wednesday 18th March where a woman was found with serious burn injuries in Hillside Terrace.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service were also in attendance and the woman was taken to Borders General Hospital where she is currently in a critical condition.

Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this matter are ongoing".

Police appeal after Hawick assault

Police are appealing for witnesses, after a 64-year-old man was assaulted in Hawick.

At around 11.30am on Sunday, March 8, the man was attacked near to the Hawick Walled Gardens.

He sustained facial and head injuries, and was treated as a precaution by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30-40s, wearing a dark boiler suit. He was also seen driving a red forklift type machine.

“This was an vicious attack that has left the victim badly shaken.

“This attack happened in broad daylight and believe there must have several witnesses. We are eager to speak to anyone who may have seen the assault.

"We are also particularly keen to speak to the female driver who was parked nearby.”

– PC Bruce Dodds
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