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43-year-old arrested on suspicion of rape

A 43-year-old man, from Carlisle, has been arrested on suspicion of rape and assault.

The incident was reported on Monday 15th September at around 7pm.

A 26-year-old woman reported the attack on Wigton Road, opposite Trinity Buildings.

"I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward and report anything they may have seen.”

– DC Tom Kirkpatrick

Queen of the South murals vandalised

Queen of the South murals defaced with red graffiti Credit: Drew Geddes

Police are trying to trace vandals who spray painted a series of murals charting the history of Dumfries football club Queen of the South.

The works by artist Jo McSkimming were commissioned by the People's Project - a community group led by Mark Jardine.

The vandalism happened some time on Saturday night.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police.

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Police appeal for witnesses

Carlisle police are appealing for witnesses after a 53-year-old woman reported an unwanted approach by a man.

The woman was walking near Sainsburys in Caldewgate at 5.20am on Monday 8th September when she says she was approached by a man who asked for a cigarette. He then proceeded to put his hands on her shoulders and make inappropriate remarks for around ten minutes and not let her continue walking.

The woman was unharmed but was left upset by the incident.

The man is described as being;

  • 5ft 6" tall

  • In his 20's

  • Short brown hair

  • Wearing a black cap, hooded jacket and jeans

“I would encourage people to take simple safety measures to help protect themselves including getting a licensed taxi or similar if travelling in the early hours of morning. If someone asks you for something when you’re on your own and you do not know them, you do not need to stop and talk to them. It is not rude, you are taking reasonable measures to protect yourself."

– PC Caroline Gemmell

The police are asking anyone who was in the area at the time and saw a man matching this description to get in touch.

Motorbike crash police officer named

A police officer who died in a road accident yesterday has been named.

He was Constable Mark Murtagh, who was based at Galashiels Police station. He was travelling to work on his motorbike when he was involved in a collision with a bus near Earlston.

PC Mark Murtagh, who died in a motorbike crash on his way to work. Credit: Police Scotland

The police are still investigating what happened and are appealing for witnesses. His family say he was a loving husband and devoted father.

Melrose Abbey damaged

Police Scotland officers in the Borders are appealing for witnesses following damage to an external wall at Melrose Abbey.

A 10m stretch of the dry stone wall on Annay Road, Melrose is thought to have been hit by a vehicle on March 17.

It is thought the repair will cost more than £1,000.

"The dyke, which has been reconstructed within the past 18 months, appears to have been hit at low speed, possibly by a large vehicle carrying out a three-point turn.

"There are no markings or debris left on the road so it looks like the wall has been hit with low impact. But it is a hit and run nevertheless, and a costly one, so we would urge any members of the public with any details that may assist the investigation to come forward."

– PC James Thompson, Police Scotland

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