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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

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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

Police Credit: PA

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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Dumfries taxi stewards introduced for festive period

A taxi steward will be working at the taxi rank on Loreburn Street Credit: Police Scotland

Taxi Stewards are going to be operating the Loreburn Street taxi rank in Dumfries throughout the festive period, following on from the success of last year's scheme.

Police Scotland say the main purpose of the stewards is to:

  • Patrol the main taxi rank, in Loreburn Street, Dumfries
  • Maintain order
  • Prevent antisocial behaviour
  • Ensure the safety of members of the public and taxi driver

The stewards will be in place throughout the weekends between now and Sunday 3rd January 2016.

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
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