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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

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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

Appeal for witnesses after an assault in Selkirk

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Selkirk.

It happened at around 2am on Sunday, on Bleachfield Road in Selkirk near to Thornfield Avenue.

Two men approached a 30-year-old man from behind and assaulted both him and his female companion.

The suspects then ran off in the direction of Thornfield Avenue.

The man sustained an injury to his head and was taken to Borders General Hospital where he was treated.

One of the suspects was wearing a pink or red short-sleeved top, and had a muscular upper body. The second suspect was wearing a grey top.

Officers are urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

"This was a very distressing incident for the victims and we're urging anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the vicinity of

Bleachfield Road around 2am, or who knows who the suspects are, to come forward."

– PC Shirley Kirk

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Suspicious fire in Sanquhar

Police are investigation a fire in Sanquhar Credit: PA

Police Scotland is investigating a suspicious fire at an outhouse at a property in Sanquhar.

The fire in Plantainside, at around 2.30pm on Thursday 12 February, left the outhouse "slightly damaged".

Police want to find two young males, in their late teens/early twenties, one wearing a grey hooded top and the other a brown hooded top who were seen in the area around the time the fire was discovered.

Police appeal: missing woman

Ausra Urbonaine has been missing since Monday 26 January Credit: Police Scotland

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for information to help find a woman missing from Jedburgh.

Ausra Urbonaine, who is originally from Lithuania, was last seen in Howden Road at bout 10.30pm on Monday 26 January.

Since then, the 23-year-old has not been in touch with friends or family and concerns are growing for her welfare.

Ausra (pictured) is described as white, 5 ft 6 in tall, of slim build with long dyed blond hair, and green eyes. She has a mole on the bottom right side of her nose and is thought to be wearing a brown padded jacket.

Officers are urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to get in touch.

Appeal for witnesses to £10,000 bike theft

Police are appealing for witnesses to the break-in at the Alpine Bike Shop Credit: PA

Four high-value mountain bikes have been stolen in Innerleithen.

On Monday at 10.45pm, the Alpine Bike shop at Glentress was broken into.

The total value of the bikes taken is around £10,000.

Pictures of the models of bikes stolen are shown below.

Image of a Whyte T129S (grey), a model of two of the bikes stolen Credit: Police Scotland
Image of a Whyte T130SX, the model of one of the bikes stolen Credit: Police Scotland
Image of a Whyte G150 Works (bright orange), the model of one of the bikes stolen Credit: Police Scotland

Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious around the time of the break in, or notices any of these bikes being advertised for sale, is asked to call Police Scotland.

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