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Missing man, Scottish Borders

A 61-year-old has gone missing from the Scottish Borders.

Douglas Arthur Elliott was last seen in the Windyknowe Road area of Galashiels on Friday 27th June. At 10am it was believed he going shopping. Police believe he may have travelled by bus to Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Douglas is described as being 5ft 8in tall, of stocky build, bald with short grey hair at the sides, a grey beard partially shaved on the cheeks with multiple scars on his forearms and with dark-rimmed partially tinted glasses.

He was last seen wearing a grey coloured fleece, black cargo trousers with side pockets and blue trainers with Velcro fasteners. He may also have a black folding metal walking stick.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

£300 birds stolen from shed in Dumfries

Picture of a pennant similar to one of the two birds that were stolen Credit: Police Scotland

Two cage birds have been stolen from a locked shed at a house in Dumfries.

The incident took place in Greenside Court between 8pm on Friday 27th June and 10am on Saturday 28th.

One bird is described as being a white coloured cockatiel and the other a red and blue coloured pennant. They are valued at around £150 each.

Anyone with information should contact the police.


Suspicious fire prompts police warning

A suspicious fire in the Borders has urged Police Scotland to warn youngsters about the dangers of hanging around derelict buildings.

Officers were called to a building on Roxburgh Street in Galashiels at about 7:05pm on Sunday 15 June.

Police believe the old Murray and Burrell Ltd building has recently been used by a gang of youths as a den.

“Parents and youngsters must be alert to the dangers of entering building sites, derelict buildings and unused business premises. There are several hidden problems within these properties and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured as a result.

“We would urge anyone who saw something suspicious in and around Roxburgh Street on Sunday evening to get in touch immediately."

– Tony Hodges, North Community Policing Area Inspector, Police Scotland

Enquiries are still ongoing. If you have any information Police Scotland can be contacted on 101.

Police warn motorists to take extra care after two motorcycle crashes

Police are urging people to exercise extra caution on the roads and will monitor certain routes more closely after two crashes in the Borders.

Two motorcyclists were seriously injured in separate crashes.

The first accident happened at 4.15pm on Friday 6th June when a motorbike crashed with a Jaguar car on the A68 at Soutra hill. The 53-year-old motorcycle rider was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he was treated for serious injuries.

The second incident happened on the evening of 8th June.

A motorcyclist collided with a Ford Fiesta on the A701 near Peebles. The 42-year-old rider was treated for broken bones at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

"Both riders were fortunate not to receive life threatening injuries as a result of these collisions. The recent warm weather has resulted in a noticeable increase in the number of motorbikes using local routes across the both the Scottish Borders and East Lothian.

In an effort to continue to reduce the number casualties in this vulnerable road user group, local Road Policing officers would prioritise their time targeting identified motorcycle routes."

– Inspector Richard Latto, Divisional Road Policing Unit in Dalkeith


Motorcyclist suffers serious injuries in Borders crash

A motorcyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash in the Scottish Borders. Police say the biker was in collision with a Jaguar car on the A68 at Soutra Hill on Friday (6th June) at around 4.15 pm. Officers are appealing for witnesses as they investigate the crash

I wish to appeal to any person who was at or near the location at the time of the collision and who may have information that could assist us with our enquiries to contact the police as soon as possible on 101.

– Sergeant Scott Sneddon, Police Scotland Trunk Road Policing Unit

Rings worth £8000 stolen from house in Dumfries

Picture of one of the rings that was stolen Credit: Police Scotland

Two rings, worth nearly £8000, have been stolen from a house in Dumfries.

The theft took place on Monday 2nd June at Moffat Road.

Police are keen to trace three males who called at the house offering to carry out home maintenance and gardening work on the afternoon of that day.

They are described as being:

Male 1: 40 years old, about 5’6” tall, with mousey brown hair and a local accent.

Male 2: About 16 years old, 6’ tall, local accent and was wearing blue coloured jogging bottoms and a blue athletic top.

Male 3: About 14 years old, 5’4” tall, brown hair, with a local accent and was wearing blue jogging bottoms and an athletic type top.

Reported rise in children drinking alcohol when camping

Parents are being encouraged to warn their children about the dangers of drinking alcohol in rural areas.

According to Police Scotland, there has been a recent rise in the number of young people camping in the countryside and drinking.

Groups of around 50 teenagers, aged 13-20, have been using social media websites to arrange meeting on the outskirts of Galashiels.

This has resulted in Police dealing with drunkenness and anti-social behaviour.

“In particular, we are worried about the safety of the younger children involved given the diverse ages and backgrounds of those who are gathering.

I would ask parents to ensure they know where their children are going at weekends as well as speaking with them about the potential risks associated with over consumption of alcohol in isolated rural locations.”

– Tony Hodges, Local Community Inspector

Crimewatch appeal for stolen sculpture

Police investigating the theft of a valuable sculpture near Dumfries have made an appeal on television's Crimewatch programme.

The piece by Henry Moore was stolen from the Glenkiln Sculpture Park in Lincluden Estate near Shawhead in October.

Police Scotland say the sculpture is of "high value" and are continuing to appeal for witnesses to contact them.

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