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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

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.

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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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Foreign Office: 'thoughts with Andrew Watt's family'

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says its thoughts are with the family of a Scottish Borders man, who died in France.

Andrew Watt passed away in 2010, and his mother is campaigning for a full investigation to be held into his death.

Our thoughts remain with Mr Watt’s family as they continue to examine the circumstances of his death. The investigation into his death is a matter for the French authorities because we cannot interfere in the legal and judicial proceedings of another country, just as we would not allow them to interfere in the UK.

– Foreign Office spokesman
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