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Dumfries woman, 76, tied up and robbed in own home

East Cluden where the robbery took place Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a 76 year-old woman was robbed and tied up within her home address in the early hours of this morning.

The woman was asleep in her home in East Cluden Village when she was woken by two men in her bedroom just after midnight.

They tied the woman up and proceeded to search the property and steal a significant quantity of jewelry and cash before leaving the house in an unknown direction.

The 76 year-old woman, who was unharmed, managed to untie herself before seeking assistance from a neighbour.

“Although unharmed, this was a very distressing experience for this elderly lady and it is important that we trace the men responsible as soon as possible.

"I would like appeal to anyone who may have any information as to who is responsible. These men need to be apprehended as they have preyed upon a vulnerable lady within her own home.

"I would like to reassure the community that despicable crimes like this are rare and we all must do what we can to trace these men as soon as possible.

"Any information you may have, no matter however small you feel it is, may make all the difference as part of our broader investigation."

– Detective Chief Inspector Colin Burnie

The two suspects are described as white, well spoken, possibly with English accents and aged between 30 and 40. At the time of the incident their faces were covered and the suspects were wearing dark clothing.

Please call police at Dumfries using the 101 number if you have any information, alternatively you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where anonymity will be maintained.


Weather warning from Dumfries and Galloway Police

Police in Dumfries and Galloway are warning people to take care, as more bad weather is expected this weekend.

The Met Office is warning of heavy and persistent rain on Saturday and running through into Sunday. We are likely to see between 70-100 mm of rain over this period.

This rain falling on already saturated ground across the region is likely to lead to areas of standing water on our roads, with some flooding in other areas.

Drivers have to be aware of the road conditions as they set out on a journey."

– Inspector Neil Hewitson of the Roads Poling Unit

Police are offering the following advice:

  • When the road is wet, it can take twice as long to stop. So it makes sense to slow down and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front
  • If your vehicle loses its grip, or “aquaplanes” on surface water, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. Do not brake or steer suddenly because you have no control of the steering or brakes
  • Try to avoid driving through surface water as you might flood your engine. Avoid the deepest water which is usually nearest the kerb
  • If you have to drive through floods, drive slowly using first gear and try to keep the engine revving at a high rate. Move forward continuously to avoid stalling the engine. If driving an automatic vehicle, engage and hold in a low gear
  • Check your mirror and test your brakes after driving through water, to make sure they are still working properly

Dumfries Police to trial body cameras

Inspector Stuart Wilson, right, and ITV Border's Tim Backshall Credit: ITV Border

The police in Dumfries and Galloway are testing body-mounted video cameras.

Officers will wear the cameras, which look like a credit card, on their chests.

Some groups, like Big Brother Watch, have concerns but the police say there's nothing for the public to worry about.

We don't record all the time. It's only going to be for those specific incidents of violence or disorder where we think we need to have it for evidential purposes so there should be a limited intrusion onto other people's daily lives.

– Insp Stuart Wilson, Police Scotland

Appeal following a fire at a Jedburgh primary school

Police in the Scottish Borders are appealing for witnesses following a roof fire at a school in Jedburgh.

A member of the public noticed flames coming from the gym building at Parkside Primary on Waterside Road at 2:10am on November 8.

No one was injured and the Scottish Fire and Rescue service quickly discovered the seat of the fire, which measured approximately 18 inches by 18 inches.

“Fortunately no one was injured and this fire never had the opportunity to grow thanks to the actions of a member of the public and the quick response of the emergency services.

“However, this is a very serious matter and we are conducting various lines of inquiry in an effort to trace those responsible.

“We are looking very closely into the reports of a small group of youths who were seen in the area and I would urge anyone who can help us identify them to come forward immediately.

“Those with relevant information are asked to contact police on 101 or, alternatively the registered charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

– Inspector Alistair Hutchens, Police Scotland

Police appeal for information on Kelso armed robbery continues

Police continue to appeal for information on the armed robbery that took place at the Original Factory Shop in Kelso Credit: ITV Border

Police have reissued an appeal for information following a robbery in the Scottish Borders.

Yesterday morning three men raided the Original Factory Shop on Bowmont Street in Kelso at around nine o'clock armed with an "electrical implement".

They assaulted two female members of staff before making off with a sum of cash in a rust coloured Toyota Celica car.

The men are described as looking dishevelled and wearing green balaclavas.


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
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