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Extra police for Black Eye Friday

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Extra Police will be on duty across the region for the second so-called "black eye Friday" of the festive season.

It's traditionally the day when many people finish work for Christmas and go out drinking.

In the past it has been associated with people getting into fights, so officers are asking people to stay on the right side of the law.

Car stolen and set on fire in Dumfries

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Police are appealing for information after a car was stolen and found on fire in Dumfries.

The blue Ford Focus was taken from the driveway of a house in Callum Road in the early hours of Sunday.

The car was later reported on fire in Lochfield Road at around 7:35am on Sunday morning.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but not before the vehicle was extensively damaged.

"We are keen to trace the following described man who was seen in the Callum Road area at around 0345 on Sunday morning.

"He appeared to be ringing doorbells in the street and is described as being in his late 20s, had a beard and was wearing a black jacket.

"We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this car being driven in the Dumfries area in the early hours of Sunday morning. The number of the car is SD 10 XEU."

– Constable Chris Kemp, Police Scotland

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Police target nuisance motorcycles

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Police have been checking motorcyclists in Jedburgh following reports of antisocial off-road riding near the town.

On Sunday seven motorcycles were stopped near to Pennymuir.

All of the vehicles and riders were checked and no crimes or vehicle defects were identified. Having been informed of the potential offences if caught riding motorcycles in this area, police say the riders opted to leave and take up their activities elsewhere.

A further seven motorcycles and riders were then checked at the Cannongate car park, resulting in two riders being issued with non-endorsable tickets in relation to the mechanical state of their vehicles.

"Members of the public and local councillors have identified a number of areas off-road that required police attention due to recent incidents involving the antisocial use of motorcycles and similar vehicles. These areas have historic significance and are used by a large number of walkers.

"We have responded with the activity over the weekend and will continue to monitor these areas to detect any offences and offer appropriate advice to motorcyclists.

"In addition, we will be liaising with both Scottish Borders Council and Historic Environment Scotland in relation to the use of motorcycles in Deer Street and surrounding areas."

– Inspector Carol Wood, Police Scotland

Police investigating suspicious fire

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Police are investigating a suspicious fire at an empty house in Gretna.

The blaze broke out sometime before 10am yesterday at a property in Esk Road.

"While the house was empty and no-one is living there just now this was still a reckless and very stupid act of fire-raising.

"The consequences could have been tragic had the fire taken hold. This act happened in broad daylight and we are appealing for anyone who may have been around in the Esk Road area on Sunday morning get in touch if they saw or heard anything suspicious."

– Constable Clare Cavanagh, Police Scotland

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

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Woman in Borders caught six times over limit

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A woman from the Borders, who was travelling with two children in her car, was found to be six times over the legal drink driving limit.

The 34-year-old was stopped on Seafield Place in Eyemouth at around 3.30pm on Wednesday 7th December.

She has been arrested and a report is being sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

"Police Scotland's annual festive drink-driving campaign is now underway and we will be robustly monitoring routes throughout the Borders to identify anyone who is driving while under the influence.

"Rest assured, if you are caught to be driving while over the limit, you will be arrested, you will lose your licence and this could have a significant impact on both your professional and personal life.

"Quite simply, do not risk it."

– Chief Inspector Andy McLean, Police Scotland

CCTV appeal over Penrith nightclub assault

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Police in Cumbria are looking to speak to two men pictured on CCTV in relation to an assault at the Warehouse Nightclub in Penrith.

A 22-year-old man from Carlisle suffered a broken jaw after being punched several times whilst on a night out on Sunday 23rd October.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to PC Thomas Woolley.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Officers investigate 'suspicious' fire in Dumfries

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Officers in Dumfries are investigating what they say appears to be a suspicious fire in Dalswinton Avenue.

The fire was discovered at the rear of an unoccupied house just after midnight on Wednesday 7th December.

Police believe a sofa and some rubbish were set alight.

The fire was extinguished, but caused some damage to a window.

"This appears to have been a complete act of recklessness and the consequences could have been tragic if the fire had taken hold. We are not sure at this stage if those responsible knew that the house was unoccupied at the time the fire was set.

"We want to hear from anyone who may have any information which might help us catch those responsible for this stupid and dangerous act."

– Constable Richard Davidson, Police Scotland

Large fight in Workington prompts police investigation

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Police are asking for more information following a fight that took place between a large group of people last night on Park Lane .

A 16-year-old teenager was injured after being struck with a baseball bat, while a 17-year-old teenager was punched.

A 39-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman have been arrested and held for questioning.

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