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Body washed up at Monreith Bay

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Police are investigating after a badly decomposed body washed up on the shore near Monreith Bay, between Mill Lane and St Medans.

The body was found on Tuesday morning.

Detective Inspector Dean Little of Police Scotland said:

At this early stage it does appear that the body is that of a female, however it will be some time before we are able to give out any more details. The body has been removed from the shore and a post mortem has been arranged. The Procurator Fiscal has been notified. At this stage we are conducting missing persons enquiries with neighbouring forces and also on a national basis. We do not have any reports of local missing persons in the Dumfries and Galloway area at this time.”

– Detective Inspector Dean Little, Police Scotland

Concern for missing 52 year old man

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Police appeal for information to trace a man reported missing at West Linton.

Kevin Dalgetty was not at his home in Kingside Cottages when his son came to visit at around 11pm Monday evening.

Attempts were made to contact the 52-year-old but so far these have been unsuccessful and he has not been seen or heard from since Sunday evening.

It is believed he may be driving his silver Renault Traffic van, which has ‘Straiton Building and Roofing Services’ written in black on the side.

Kevin is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall with a stocky build, dark brown hair and a tattoo of a Japanese fish on his left forearm.

It is very out of character for Kevin to go off and not inform his son as to where he is going or when he will be back and as such, we are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Anyone who can help us establish Kevin’s current whereabouts is urged to contact police immediately.

I would also ask that Kevin make contact with a family member, friend or with police to let us know he is safe.”

– Inspector Keith Dougal, Police Scotland


Dumfries murder probe

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Police say a 44 year old man who was seriously assaulted last week in Dumfries has died. They say they're now treating his death as a murder enquiry.

The man has been named as Daniel Skelton from Blackmoss Drive in Bellshill.

Mr Skelton was discovered on Queensberry Street last Saturday.

sadly the victim died at the Western Infirmary in Edinburgh in the early hours of today and as such this is now a murder enquiry. The Procurator Fiscal has been notified and a post mortem examination is being arranged."

– Detective Chief Inspector Colin Burnie, Police Scotland

52 year old dies in M74 crash

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A 52 year-old man has died in a crash involving two vehicles on the M74 near Lockerbie.

The Collision happened around 16:50 on Wednesday the 5 August.

A Vauxhall Combo van was involved in a crash with a Mercedes Actros lorry near to junction 17 northbound on the M74 near to Lockerbie.

Emergency services were called to the scene where the 52 year old man who was a passenger in the Vauxhall van was pronounced dead.

The driver of the Vauxhall van was taken by ambulance to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh where he is being treated for his injuries.

Hospital staff describe his condition as serious.

The driver and passenger of the Mercedes lorry were not injured in the crash.

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses with any information of the crash to come forward.

Children vandalise Sanquhar railway station

Police Scotland want to trace railway station vandals Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland want to trace around 10 children, aged between 5 to 11 years who are responsible for smashing a glass panel at the railway station in Sanquhar.

The group of children were seen throwing stones across the railway line at around 18:30 on Friday 31 July.

we are aware that there may have been people waiting at the station who witnessed this incident, and are also aware that this same group of children were seen in the Queensberry Square area of the town a short time earlier. Anyone who can help should contact us at Sanquhar on 101"

– Constable Hayley McKerlie - Police Scotland


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

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
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