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Police warn Wetheral residents of suspicious door-to-door services

People are encouraged to call the police if they receive a bogus call Credit: ITV Border

Police are warning residents in the Wetheral area to be careful of suspicious men going door-to-door offering painting services.

Police say the men have been doing so over the last couple of days.

People are encouraged to follow the following advice when confronted by bogus callers:

  • Never agree to have any work done by someone who is just passing by
  • Make sure your back door is locked if you are answering the front door to someone you don’t know
  • Watch out for anyone who says they’re in a hurry or it’s an emergency
  • Don’t let them pressure you. If in doubt, call a neighbour, a friend or the police
  • If you think a bogus caller has been to your home, call the police on 999 immediately

Police are asking residents of Wetheral as well as surrounding villages to call Detective Constable James Aiston on 101 quoting 'incident number 86 of 20 January 2017' or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police warn of betting scam after man duped out of £20,000

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Police Scotland has issued a warning after a man in Dumfries and Galloway was defrauded out of over £20,000.

The man was first contacted in February this year via a letter from someone claiming to be from Stafford offering to place bets on his behalf. For the next few weeks this arrangement was carried out and the man from Dumfries and Galloway made money.

However the man then lost money when he was persuaded to become involved in Anti-Post betting, for which he provided large sums of money with the promise of profits in return. He has so far received nothing and is unable to contact the person responsible for taking his money.

Police have warned against the dangers of getting involved is such 'easy money' schemes with cold callers. They have also asked anyone with information on the scheme, or any that are similar, to contact them.

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Counterfeit £50 notes circulating in Hawick

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Police in the Scottish Borders are urging businesses in Hawick to be vigilant after local officers were made aware of counterfeit bank notes being circulated.

The Royal Bank of Scotland on the High Street contacted police on Tuesday after discovering three separate £50 notes, which had been deposited by different businesses in the region.

All three notes are of good paper quality but have the same serial number – FF09258657.

Businesses within Hawick and the surrounding area are asked to carefully examine the notes they are offered and report any other incidents of fraudulent currency to police immediately.

Anyone with information that can help find the source of the notes is asked to contact police.

Police ask motorists to drive with 'extra caution' following Amber weather warning

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Police Scotland has issued travel advice to motorists following an Amber weather warning from The Met Office.

The warning means people should be prepared for widespread snow showers across across our region during Wednesday evening, through into Thursday morning.

Strong, gusting winds will lead to drifting and blizzard conditions at times, especially over higher routes.

Police are asking motorists to drive with extra caution, and to properly prepare before their journey.

"There is a risk of localised disruption to travel throughout Wednesday and Thursday and we would ask motorists to take precautions before they set off.

"If you are travelling you should ensure that you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions.

"Make sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours.

"Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes."

– nspector Neil Hewitson, Roads Policing Unit

Drink drivers ignoring police warning

Motorists are being warned that random breath tests will be carried out Credit: ITV Border

Police say drivers across Scotland are ignoring warnings about driving while under the influence of alcohol.

In the second week of the festive drink drug driving campaign, 79 people were caught drink driving, and a further six were caught driving under the influence of drugs.

A 62-year-old man from Castle Douglas was arrested after crashing into a parked car at four o'clock in the morning on December 12th.

He was given a breath test and found to be nearly three times over the limit.

He was charged with drink driving and careless driving, fined £500 and disqualified for 30 months.