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19,000% rise in D&G 'stop and search' figures

Figures released by Police Scotland have shown that stop and search figures in Dumfries and Galloway have risen by 19,000 percent in the last year.

The document revealed that the number had gone from 16 searches in 2012/2013, to 3,107 in 2013/2014.

The reasons for the searches included drugs, offensive weapons, firearms, stolen property and alcohol.

Of the three thousand people stopped by police, 750 searches led to further action.

Mortar shell explosion in Earlston

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a mortar shell in the Scottish Borders.

Police discovered an unexploded mortar shell at an address in Haughhead Avenue in Earlston yesterday, Monday 21 July.

The item was examined by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit before being taken to a nearby field, where a controlled explosion was carried out.

Police Scotland say there was no danger to the public at any time.


£30,000 tractor stolen from Thornhill farm

A tractor worth £30,000 has been stolen from a farm in Thornhill.

Police say the silver and green coloured Valtra make 4x4 tractor was taken at some point between the evening of Saturday, 19 and Sunday, 20 July.

The registration number of the tractor is SV53 DVR.

Officers are asking anyone with any information about the theft to contact them on the non-emergency number, 101.

17-year-old rescued from the River Nith

Police are urging people not to swim in open water after a 17-year-old boy was rescued from the River Nith.

The teenager was swimming in the river at the rear of Cairn Avenue, Dumfries when he got into difficulty.

A 32-year-old woman who was sitting near by heard his shouts for help and rescued him.

The incident happened on Friday, 11 July.

"The current spell of hot weather does make it tempting to go into rivers and lochs, however we strongly urge people not to do this. Underwater currents, debris which you can get snagged on and even the temperature of the water are all very dangerous and could cause a tragic accident. We also urge parents at this time to speak to their children about the dangers of going into open water, no matter how safe it might look.”

– Inspector Claire Walker, Police Scotland


Cannabis farm discovered in the Scottish Borders

Three people have appeared in court after £30,000 of cannabis was discovered in the Scottish Borders.

Two men aged 41 and 44 and a 21-year-old woman appeared in Duns Sheriff Court yesterday, Wednesday 9 July, charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Police found the drugs at a property in Newcastleton after a tip-off from members of the public.

Officers seized 67 plants after searching the building.

Two women sought after Lockerbie theft

Police are appealing for information to trace two women in connection with a theft in Lockerbie.

Jewellery worth more than £400, including watches and bracelets, were stolen from Elegance on the town's high street at about 3pm on Wednesday, 9 July.

One of the women is described as being about 50-years-old, with long dark hair, a number of missing teeth and a tattoo on her left arm.

She was also said to be wearing dark leggings, a black short sleeved vest and sandals.

The second woman was said to be 24-years-old, about 5ft 4in, wearing black leggings, a blue top with flowers and lemons on it and sandals.

Both women were said to have spoken in broken English.

Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on the 101 number.

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