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Galloway boat death pair linked to puppy smuggling

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Two men who drowned off the coast of Galloway were suspected puppy smugglers, it's been claimed.

Sandy Hamilton, 35, and Kevin McKinley, 46, both from Larkhall, were pulled from the water near Port Logan on Sunday afternoon.

The pair had left the harbour around 9am on Saturday morning where it's believe they were heading for Stranraer.

However, after they failed to return in the evening, emergency services were called and a large scale search and rescue operation was launched.

Both men had previously been appeared in a TV documentary into the illegal puppy trade, where young animals are trafficked and sold around the UK for cash.

It's claimed they had links to convicted puppy trafficker Robert Brownlie, to bring in thousands of designer puppies from Ireland to Scotland.

An investigation into the two deaths in continuing.

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Troubled Cumbrian zoo granted new licence

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A Cumbrian zoo where almost 500 animals died within four years has been granted a new licence.

An application for the licence for South Lakes Safari Zoo was turned down two months ago, after inspectors raised concerns over its management structure and veterinary care.

However, an application from Cumbria Zoo Company Limited (CZCL), which took over the running of the zoo in January, was approved on Tuesday evening.

The licensing committee in Barrow-in-Furness were told by the inspection team that they were "highly encouraged" by improvements made.

Police investigate deliberate house fire in Sanquhar

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Police Scotland are investigating a deliberate house fire in Sanquhar.

Emergency services were called to a property in Crichton Road at around 7am on Sunday 30 April.

The householder was not in at the time, and it believed the fire may have been smouldering for several hours.

The property was extensively smoke damaged as a result of the fire.

"While the house was empty at the time, this was still a reckless and very stupid act of fire-raising. The consequence could have been tragic had the fire taken hold.

"If you saw anything unusual or saw anyone in the area in the hours before the fire was discovered, or have any information about the circumstances of the fire, then please contact police on 101 quoting incident number PDG0097650417".

– Constable Ryan Dougan, Police Scotland

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Man charged in connection with Dumfries assault

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A 34-year-old man has been charged in connection with a serious assault which took place in Glasgow Street, Dumfries on Thursday 27th April.

Police Scotland said it appeared the man had been struck on the head and then attacked on the ground.

The victim was taking to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where he was treated for a collapsed lung.

The incident happened in a bus stop next to Goldie Park at around 4.50pm.

A report is being prepared for the Procurator Fiscal.

Police Scotland crackdown on metal thefts

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Police in the south of Scotland have been carrying out road checks as part of their ongoing crackdown on metal thieves.

Operation Scandium has been running since July 2015, when the project was given £600,000 funding from Transport Scotland.

During that time, police have stopped 5,750 motorists and caught over 100 people dealing in scrap metal without the correct licences.

"We do a lot of prevention work as well, we have a crime reduction officer through in Annandale and Eskdale and throughout the rest of the region.

"So we look to look at the prevention aspects as well as the detection."

– Sergeant Anna Boyd, Police Scotland
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