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Vandals spray paint Dumfries war memorial

The defaced war memorial on New Abbey Road, Dumfries Credit: ITV News Border

The War Memorials Trust has criticised vandals who sprayed paint onto a memorial in Dumfries.

The Maxwelltown and Troqueer statue was defaced last week.

Many of the men listed have no known graves.

The green spray paint on the war memorial Credit: ITV News Border

The memorial contains the names of 200 servicemen who lost their lives, including two Victoria Cross winners.

Paul Goodwin from Scottish War Memorials says younger people's ignorance of the events of last century is fuelling their lack of respect for the young men from their local community who died during the first world war.

Vandals deface Dumfries war memorial

Police in Dumfries are appealing for witnesses after vandals sprayed a war memorial with green paint.

The incident was discovered on Friday night (3rd May), at the memorial site on the New Abbey Road.

The Maxwelltown and Troqueer monument, which is topped with a figure of a soldier, commemorates more than 200 men from the area who died during the first world war.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland.

Sixth speed camera sabotaged in Borders

Speed camera Credit: PA

Two speed cameras on the A68 between Huntford and Camptown in the Scottish Borders were the target of vandals over the weekend.

Both cameras were destroyed with a saw, bringing the total number of speed cameras sabotaged with a saw to six.

Lothian and Borders Police are investigating the incident as it is theft, vandalism and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Superintendent Denise Mulvaney from Lothian and Borders Police, said:

"There appears to be a systemic campaign of violence aimed at safety cameras.

"The method used to attack the cameras is highly dangerous, the people responsible for these actions are putting their own lives at risk as well as the safety of others.

"Anyone who comes into close contact with a camera that has been attacked in this fashion could be electrocuted.

"I'm urging any member of the public who has information they think might relate to any of the crimes aimed at safety cameras to contact the police."