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Police helicopters join search for missing fisherman

Police Scotland air support unit Credit: Police Scotland

Police helicopters have joined the search to find a missing fisherman from Dumfries.

Charles Mellor, 57, was fishing close to the Carnation Factory on the evening of July 8. He failed to return home and was reported missing by his family the following morning.

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Residents asked for help to find missing fisherman

Police searching for a missing fisherman in Dumfries are asking residents for their help in finding him.

Charles Mellor, 57, was fishing in the River Nith on Friday evening but failed to return home.

Inspector Stuart Wilson, from Police Scotland, told ITV News:

It's possible that Mr Mellor might have sought refuge from the rain and I would ask any members of the public to check their gardens or outhouses to see if he's maybe taken cover there and taken unwell.

– Inspector Stuart Wilson

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Man jumps into River Nith to rescue phone

This incident follows the ongoing search for Macauley McQueen. Credit: ITV Border

Police are warning people of open water dangers after a man jumped into the River Nith in Dumfries to rescue his mobile phone.

He got into difficulty but was helped out of the water by two bypassers.

This latest incident comes off the back of a major search for missing Dumfries teenager Macauley McQueen, who hasn't been seen since entering the Nith last Monday.

Cause of mystery River Nith 'discharge' uncovered

The cause of a mystery 'discharge' spotted on the River Nith in March had been uncovered.

Rising sludge which was overflowing from a settlement tank into the river caused was first seen by a member of the public on Friday, 14 March.

A similar incident occurred on Saturday, 7 June when a fault in an inlet tank caused a second spillage into the river.

Scottish Water have since repaired all the faults and SEPA have, on six different occasions, found the water quality to be compliant.

“It is reassuring that the incidents were dealt with quickly after they were reported or discovered, however it is less reassuring that it took a report from a member of the public to alert SEPA and thereafter Scottish Water to the incident in March.

“It is also worrying that, at the time of the June incident, a spillage which occurred when the waste treatment operative was not on shift – sometime between 9am on the Saturday and 7am on the Sunday morning – and there seems to have been no monitoring during that time whether the plant was performing to the required standard."

– Elaine Murray MSP, Dumfriesshire (Lab)
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