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Two killed in Dumfries and Galloway road crash

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Two men have been killed in a one vehicle road crash in Dumfries and Galloway.

At 9:20pm yesterday (Monday) a black coloured Vauxhall Corsa collided with a bridge on the A747 Glenluce to Glasserton Road at West Barr, Port William around 17 miles south of Newton Stewart.

Following the collision an 18-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene and a 25-year-old man was taken to Galloway Community Hospital in Stranraer where he later died.

A full crash scene investigation is currently being undertaken and the road at the scene is closed. Police are seeking witnesses to this crash and want to hear from anyone who may have been on the A747 road at around 9:20pm hours. Witnesses can call police at Stranraer on 101.

Police appeal after Melrose firearm sighting

Police in the Borders were called to woods near Melrose on Friday following reports that a man was seen holding a shotgun.

Police carried out a thorough search of the woods at the back of Harleyburn Court but they did not trace the man. He was not acting in a threatening manner.

Police say he is described as white, aged between 50 and 60 years old and around 5ft 10inch tall. He has greying hair and stubble and was wearing black jacket, black trousers, green Wellingtons and carrying a black rucksack.

“It is not clear at this stage what the man was doing at the time but clearly we are concerned by reports that he was seen in woodland holding what appears to be a double-barrel shotgun.

“There may be a reasonable explanation and that is why we are keen to here from him directly or from members of the public who perhaps saw the man at some point during the day."

– Inspector John Scott, Police Scotland


Beattock man missing for more than two weeks

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Police and family members are growing increasingly concerned about a man from Dumfries and Galloway who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Kenneth Thomson, 54, was last seen in Beattock, near Lockerbie, on Wednesday 29 April 2015.

Despite local coverage, appeals and enquiries into his whereabouts, there have been no reported sightings of him.

He's described as being about 6'2" tall, of medium build, and with fair hair which is balding on top.

He speaks with a Zimbabwean accent, and he has his passport with him.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have had contact with Kenneth over the past few weeks, or who may know of his current whereabouts.

Anyone with any information can call Police Scotland at Lockerbie on 101."

– Inspector Gordon McKnight of Police Scotland at Lockerbie

Motorcyclists arrested for driving at double the speed limit

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Police Scotland have stopped three motorcyclists in Dumfries and Galloway who were driving at around 130mph on a 60mph road.

The men, from the Sheffield area, were stopped on the A75 near to Gatehouse of Fleet on Saturday 9 May.

The 36-year-old, 42-year-old and 46-year-old will all be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for road traffic offences.

The men were stopped as part of Operation Zenith, which is focused on improving rider behaviour:

These are ridiculous speeds on a public road and officers will be continue to patrol all our roads in the region to promote safe and responsible motorcycling as part of Operation Zenith.

In the run up this week to the North West 200 motorcycle event in Northern Ireland our roads will become much busier with motorcycle traffic and officers will be out on patrol to ensure that those passing through are adhering to the laws of the road."

– Inspector Neil Hewitson of the Roads Policing Unit

Ancient pottery stolen from Melrose Abbey

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Roman pottery believed to be from 80-180 A.D. has been stolen from a museum in the Scottish Borders.

The incident happened sometime between Wednesday 30th April and Friday 1st May within the Commandants House of Melrose Abbey.

The stolen goods are valued at around £400 and anyone who can assist police with their enquiries is asked to come forward.

"The room was not open at the time of this incident, however we are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious around Melrose Abbey between Wednesday and Friday last week.

"In addition, those with information that can help us trace those responsible and return the items to the museum is also urged to contact police immediately."

– Constable Liam Myers


Serious assault investigated by Police Scotland

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A serious assault that took place in Thornhill over the weekend is being investigated by Police Scotland.

A local 27-year-old man was found with "serious facial injuries" outside the Thornhill Inn on Drumlanrig Street, just before 1am on Sunday. He was taken by ambulance to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where he was treated.

Police have asked anyone who may have been a witness, or who has any information, to get in contact.

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.

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