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Second person arrested in Galashiels drugs bust

Police Scotland says a second person has been arrested and charged with drug offences in the Scottish Borders as part of the ongoing Operation Gatekeeper.

Dealer quantities of heroin were recovered during a police rain at an address in Galashiels on Monday, March 28. A number of diazepam tablets and other drug related items were also found.

A 28-year-old man will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and appear in court at a later date.

Operation Gatekeeper was launched to tackle all forms of drug crime across the Scottish Borders and actively target those responsible for the production and distribution of harmful substances.

Once again, vital information from the public resulted in the successful recovery of heroin and a male will face drug charges at court.

We will continue to work alongside our relevant partner agencies and local communities to identify those responsible for drug crime and bring them to justice.

– Detective Inspector David Fyvie from the Lothians and Scottish Borders Proactive Unit

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


New police commander for Dumfries & Galloway

Chief Superintendent Gary Ritchie (left) and Chief Superintendent Mike Leslie Credit: Police Scotland

Police Scotland has appointed a new commander for Dumfries and Galloway.

Chief Superintendent Gary Ritchie replaces Chief Superintendent Mike Leslie who has retired after 30 years of police service.

Mr Ritchie has been a police officer for 23 years and previously worked in operational roles in North Ayrshire, Paisley and Glasgow.

“I am delighted to be taking charge here in Dumfries and Galloway in what has consistently been one of the best performing divisions in Scotland and I’m looking forward to the challenge of maintaining this high standard.

"I have already been around some of the region visiting officers and staff and they are clearly committed to delivering the best service possible to the community. I hope to build on what is an excellent community policing model."

– Chief Superintendent Gary Ritchie

Caravan fire in Thornhill

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Police are appealing for witnesses in relation to a fire which saw a caravan totally destroyed in a lay-by near to the entrance to the Tarmac quarry at Morrington, Dunscore, Thornhill.

The fire was discovered at around 1.30am on Monday 18 January 2015.

The caravan is unable to be identified due to the extent of damage and there have been no reports of a caravan being stolen.

It appears from the information we have that the caravan arrived at the lay-by sometime between midnight and the time it was spotted on fire at around 0130 hours. Anyone who can help is asked to call the 101 number.

– Constable Jim Kirkpatrick, Police Scotland

Window smashed at office of Dumfries SNP politician

MSP Joan McAlpine's constituency office window was smashed by vandals caught on CCTV Credit: @JoanMcAlpine

Police in Dumfries are investigating after the front window of the constituency office of SNP MSP Joan McAlpine was smashed.

It happened around 3.00am on Monday 18 January 2016. The office is on Loreburne Centre in High Street Dumfries.

A male was seen on CCTV wearing a dark jacket with a hood up and jeans smashing the window, then seen to run down towards Dock Head.

Following the incident, Joan McAlpine tweeted: "My constituency office was deliberately targeted by man with brick at 3am. He's on CCTV. I will not be intimidated."

Anyone who has any information which might help identify this person is asked to call Police Scotland at Dumfries on the 101 number.

Jewellery stolen in Moffat raid

Police Scotland is investigating a break in at a house in Old Well Road, Moffat, between Sunday 10 and Saturday 16 January 2016.

Jewellery including gold chains, an engagement and wedding ring and a broach have been stolen.

The house in question was not occupied when the break-in happened. Some of the items were antique and were of great sentimental value. We ask anyone in the area to get in touch with us with the 101 number."

– Constable Gary Gillan, Police Scotland


Drugs worth £40,000 seized by Lockerbie traffic police

Police believe the drugs were herbal cannabis. Credit: PA

Drugs worth an estimated £40,000 have been seized by traffic police from the Lockerbie Trunk Road Patrol Group.

At around 4:20pm on 6 January on the A74(M) near junction 20, Eaglesfield, officers stopped a car and discovered the drugs, believed to be herbal cannabis.

Two men, aged 38 and 36, have been arrested detained in police custody.

Break-in while Dumfries woman slept

The purse of a Dumfries woman was stolen while she was upstairs sleeping.

The unsuspecting victim was upstairs when her purse, cash and credit cards were stolen overnight between Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 December.

"This was a despicable break-in at Christmas time to the home of an elderly lady while she was sleeping.

"We want to hear from anyone if they saw or heard anything suspicious overnight Wednesday/Thursday in the Averill Crescent area. They can call us through the 101 number at Dumfries."

– Constable Stephanie Brown at Dumfries

Borders police find largest ever crack cocaine haul

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Police officers in the Scottish Borders have stumbled across the region's largest ever haul of crack cocaine.

The Class A drugs, with an estimated street value of £165,000, were found in a car parked in Jedburgh's Edinburgh Road.

A total of 600 grammes of heroin, valued at £60,000, and 1.7 kilogrammes of crack cocaine, worth £105,000, were recovered.

David Curling, 45, of no fixed abode, and 33-year-old Michelle Bruce from Peterhead, appeared in private at Jedburgh Sheriff Court charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and possession of cocaine.

They made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination.

The pair - who face a total of six charges - were remanded in custody.

"This is a great result and special credit must go to the uniformed officers who made the discovery.

"They were on night patrol and acted on their instincts and as a result we have prevented a large amount of dangerous drugs getting into our community.

"Everyone knows the destruction drugs can cause to families and communities, so we are very pleased to report this find."

– Det Sergeant Alan Young, Police Scotland

Assault on Hawick girl aged 14

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Police Scotland are appealing for information following an alleged assault on a 14 year old girl in Hawick at the weekend.

Police are currently investigating the incident which is said to have taken place in the town's Silverbuthall Road on Friday at around 10.20 pm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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