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Single police force in the spotlight in Dumfries

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

The Scottish Government's decision to introduce a single police force will be in the spotlight today, at a public meeting in Dumfries.

Former senior police officer and current Labour MSP Graeme Pearson is touring the country as part of his own review of Police Scotland, and the impact a single police force has had on regions like Dumfries and Galloway.

The review looks at:

  • Local accountability
  • The relationship between Police Scotland, the Scottish Police Authority and Scottish Government ministers
  • Staffing
  • Targets

The event takes place at the Nith Room at Georgetown Community Centre, Georgetown Road, Dumfries, at 7pm.

The public are welcome to attend.


Man arrested after serious Selkirk motorcycle accident

Police have thanked the public for their help. Credit: ITV Border

A man has been arrested after a serious motorbike accident in Selkirk, which left the passenger seriously injured.

The 29-year-old has been arrested for dangerous driving and other road offences.

It follows an accident at 8:30pm on Saturday 30 August.

A 29-year-old man, believed to be the pillion passenger, suffered a serious head injury, and was taken to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Officers from Police Scotland have thanked the public for their support, following an appeal they sent out to find the driver of the bike.

Chief Constable of Scotland to resign early

Chief Constable of Scotland, Sir Stephen House Credit: ITV Border

The Chief Constable of Scotland, Sir Stephen House, is to step down at the end of the year - earlier than planned.

Sir Stephen was the first head of Police Scotland, set up in 2013 when the country's eight forces were merged into one.

He's been the focus of complaints about the way the new force operates on everything from its policy on officers carrying guns to regional control room closures.

Sir Stephen House Credit: ITV Border

Six years for man convicted of robbery

Taylor Wright Credit: ITV Border

A man who terrorised an elderly woman in her Scottish Borders home has been jailed for nearly six years.

21 year-old Taylor Wright forced entry into the victim's house in the Yarrow Valley in March by brandishing an imitation gun before assaulting and robbing her.

He was sentenced at Edinburgh High Court yesterday.

Suspicious fire in Melrose

Police Scotland is investigating a suspicious fire which was discovered at around 10pm on Saturday 22 August 2015 at business premises in St Dunstans Lane in Melrose.

The fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service. No-one was injured in the blaze however the premises are badly damaged.

Inspector John Reid of Police Scotland, J Division said

early indications are that this fire was the result of a deliberate act and a full fire scene investigation will now take place between Police Scotland and the Fire and Rescue Service. I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the area of St Dunstans Lane last night to get in touch with Police Scotland at Melrose if they saw or heard anything which might help us in our enquiries into this fire. Thankfully no-one was in the building at the time however the building and contents have been seriously damaged as a result. Anyone wishing to call can do so through the non emergency 101 number, or if they wish to remain anonymous then they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

– Inspector John Reid, Police Scotland


Woman injured in A76 crash

A woman was badly injured in a road crash on the A76 Dumfries - Kilmarnock Road on Saturday 22nd August, which completely blocked the road for six hours.

The road was closed at Friars Carse after the crash involving two cars around 3.40pm.

A man and woman from seperate cars were taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary after the crash.

They were freed from their vehicles by emergency services who were called to the scene before 5pm last night.

The driver of a Fiat Panda car, a 62-year-old Thornhill woman received serious injuries including a fracture pelvis and rib injuries in the crash and she was serious in Dumfries Infirmary.

The driver of the other car a 59-year-old man from Portugal received only minor injuries and was treated in hospital before being released.

The air ambulance which was in the area went to the scene of the crash but it was stood down shortly after. Firefighters from Dumfries and Thornhill were called to the scene of the crash and used specialist cutting equipment.

The accident took place about seven miles north of Dumfries in an area which has seen numerous crashes in the past decade.

Diversions were put in place on both sides of the crash on the road which was busy with many people returning from the country fair at Drumlanrig Castle.

Police Scotland said late last night that the road had been re-opened following a full accident investigation to try and find out the cause of the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Man arrested in connection with pink tablet illnesses

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A 19-year old man from Hawick has been arrested in connection with an incident which has led to 9 youngsters being treated in hospital after apparently consuming an as yet unidentified pink coloured tablet.

All of those treated at Border General Hospital are from Hawick.

A 19-year-old will appear in Jedburgh Sheriff Court in connection with the matter on Monday 24 August 2015.

Inspector John Reid said:

at this stage we are still seeking the help of the local community to ensure that the message about the dangers associated with anyone taking non-prescribed medication is getting circulated as widely as possible, and in particular the dangers associated with this pink coloured tablet which appears to be very potent, and has caused these young people to fall ill.

I would again ask anyone who may have taken one of these tablets and who feels unwell, or indeed knows of anyone becoming unwell as a result of taking one, to seek medical assistance as soon as possible. I would also ask that anyone who can assist in the ongoing investigation to contact Police Scotland through our non emergency 101 number, or if they want to remain anonymous, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

– Inspector John Reid, Police Scotland

Body washed up at Monreith Bay

Police Credit: ITV Border

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
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