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Accordion stolen in Dumfries

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An accordion has been stolen from a music shop in Dumfries.

The red Rossini brand instrument is worth over £300, and was stolen from the John Douglas Music Shop on Great King Street.

Police want to speak to two people who were int the shop when the item was stolen at around 3.55pm yesterday. They were accompanied by a small boy who was about 4 years old and are described as:

  • A man, about 5'10" tall and around 25 years old with a shaved head and stocky build. He spoke with an Irish accent and may have been wearing a denim top.
  • A woman, about 5'8" and in her early 20s, who may have been wearing a hat and seemed to be about 6 months pregnant.

"An accordion is not something that you can easily conceal when stealing it and we are seeking the help of anyone who may have been in the town centre to get in touch if they can assist us in identifying these two people."

– Constable Dale McEwan of the Town Centre Community Policing Unit

Man charged for Galashiels break-ins

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Police in Galashiels have arrested and charged a man in connection with a "number of local housebreakings".

The 24-year-old was found in a private garden at a home in Lawyers Brae on Wednesday night .

He has also been charged with three separate reports of housebreaking in the town and will appear in court at a later date.

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Two young girls attacked in West Cumbria

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Two young girls were attacked while walking their dog in West Cumbria.

It happened at around 7pm last night between St Bees village and Egremont.

They were walking in the Baybarrow Road area when a man, over six foot tall, grabbed one of the girls and used a sharp object to slash her thigh.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Whitehaven police.

Operation Spectrum launched to improve road safety

Those who park on double yellow lines will be prosecuted as part of Operation Spectrum Credit: ITV Border

A police operation has been launched to try and prevent road accidents outside schools across Cumbria.

Parents who park on zig zag or double yellow lines are being targeted as part of Operation Spectrum.

The police are handing out leaflets to people this week, but they say they will start prosecuting offenders next week.

Police in Cumbria want to speak to this man

Police are keen to speak to this man Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

Police in Cumbria have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to about a case of shoplifting in Carlisle.

The incident occurred on January 28 when goods to the value of £30 were taken from the Co-Op store at Stonegarth.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

The incident occurred on January 28 Credit: Cumbria Constabulary

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Police advise driving 'safely' after cold spell

Kirkstone Pass is still closed following an accident a the weekend Credit: Langdale & Ambleside MRT

Police in Cumbria are advising motorists to drive safely on the county’s roads following prolonged cold weather over the weekend.

They say roads at higher ground are still affected by the snow and ice, with Kirkstone Pass, Wrynose Pass and Hardknott Pass all closed.

They have also warned motorists of the risk of black ice, and are asking people to drive "with care and attention".

You can keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads by visiting the police Traffic Link Map.

To keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, visit the Met Office website:

Police investigate theft of nearly £20,000 worth of tools

Police are investigating the theft of tools and a trailer in Dumfries Credit: PA

Police Scotland is investigating the theft of tools worth nearly £20,000 from a workshop in Dumfries.

Thirty-one chainsaws, Husquvarna and Stihl make, were stolen from The Barony College in Parkgate, sometime between 4.30pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday. A dark green coloured trailer was also stolen at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.

Four-year sentence for robbery

A 43-year-old man has been jailed for four years for robbing the Lound Road Garage in Kendal.

Craig John Jackson, of Aynam Road in Kendal, made off with over £400 after brandishing a knife at the cashier on January 17.

Cumbria Constabulary says it's satisfied with the sentence.

“We are pleased to see that Jackson has been jailed for his crime. He subjected the cashier to a horrendous and needless ordeal by threatening him with a knife.

"The courts have shown that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated in this county and should be taken as a stern warning to any criminal contemplating committing such a crime."

– Detective Constable Mark Kerley

It takes 'seconds' to steal a purse

Four purses have been stolen from handbags Credit: Charles Eshelman/DPA

Police have issued advice following a streak of thefts in North Cumbria.

Four purses have been stolen from handbags in Carlisle and Penrith.

Now police are reminding people about the importance of keeping personal property safe, hidden, and secure.

“Taking simple steps can help prevent people from becoming victims of theft. In one of the purse thefts last month the victim left her purse in a carrier bag attached to a trolley, and then left the trolley unattended while she looked at groceries.

It is important that you never leave your personal property unattended when in a public place – it only takes an opportunistic thief seconds to steal a purse without anyone noticing.”

– Claire Stevens, Community Safety Officer for north Cumbria

They have released some top tips to prevent thefts from bags:

  • Always keep your purse out of sight
  • Remember to keep your bag fastened shut
  • Wear your bag strap diagonally
  • Use a purse chain or a lanyard
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Don’t keep PIN numbers in your purse
  • Report anyone acting suspiciously
  • Cancel stolen credit cards straight away
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