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Police Scotland release public warning after Sanquhar incident

Police Scotland Credit: PA

Police Scotland have issued a warning to the public after a crowd of 90 gathered in Sarquhar, as a result of the police arresting a man for allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards local females.

Between 5.30 pm and 7pm a number of officers had to be sent to deal with the incident, and three men were arrested for public order offences.

All are expected to appear at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

If you have any concerns about the safety of children then please contact the police rather than taking the law into your own hands."

– Chief Inspector Stuart Davidson

Police investigate further remembrance charity thefts

Over remembrance weekend £150 was taken from the charity shop at St Mary's Greyfriars Church in Dumfries.

Volunteers run the shop to support local good causes including those caring for war veterans, their widows and dependents.

Janet McSherry, who manages the shop, discovered that the money was missing on Monday morning.

Members of the church are struggling to understand why people feel the need to steal from charity at a time when people are remembering great sacrifice and service.

This comes after a gang of four targeted poppy collection tins last week.

Police are appealing for more information in order to catch those responsible. Please contact Police Scotland on 101.

St Mary's Greyfriars Church, Dumfries Credit: ITV Border


Man jailed for 12 months for careless driving after death of cyclist

Andrew Paul Lanham Credit: ITV Border

A man whose careless driving killed a cyclist who died more than six months after being knocked off his bike has been jailed.

Andrew Paul Lanham was behind the wheel of a Ford Focus when he approached a Keswick-based group of riders on the narrow, single-track C3031 between Matterdale and Greystoke on February 28 last year.

Lanham, 71, overtook two female cyclists, one of whom had to pull off the road to let him past. His Focus horn was then heard sounding "four to five times" before he drove past helmet-wearing Mr Lee as he pedalled an electric bike. Another female cyclist, a GP, told police Mr Lee did not deviate from his straight riding line, but was knocked off his bike as Lanham went by.

Mr Lee received basic life support within seconds from the two females. He was taken to hospital, but died on September 14 last year, aged 81, from complications which flowed from the serious, multiple collision injuries.

Lanham denied two charges, and went on trial at Carlisle Crown Court earlier this week. He was acquitted of causing death by dangerous driving, but convicted of causing death by careless driving.

Lanham told jurors he thought it was safe to overtake, but accepted in evidence: "I think it was an error of judgement."

Retired tree surgeon Lanham, who expressed "sincere remorse", was jailed for 12 months this morning (WED) by Mr Justice William Davis, who also imposed an 18-month driving ban.

You took a risk. You overtook those cyclists one by one when you were driving far too close to them. The sentence I have to impose should be taken as any reflection of the value of his life."

– Mr Justice Davis

In a moving victim impact statement, Mr Lee's 75-year-old widow, Doreen, described the retired barber as "considerate, kind, loving, optimistic and someone who had a real zest for life", adding: "He was my soul mate."

65-year-old man killed in crash on A77

Police Scotland Credit: PA

A man has been killed in a single-car crash just west of Lochans near Stranraer.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 15:30 on Tuesday.

The driver of the white Peugeot 207 involved in the incident was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are appealing for more information.

We are keen to speak with anyone who was in this area at that time and who may have information, or dash cam footage, regarding this incident. We are especially keen to speak with the driver of a vehicle travelling on the A77 heading towards Portpatrick, who we believe may have witnessed the incident."

– Sergeant Bob McNay, Roads Policing Unit

Any witnesses are asked to contact 101.

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