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Police warning after second village house brake-in

Two houses have been broken into in Canonbie in a week, leading to a warning from Police Scotland.

In the latest incident, a house in the village was broken into between 10:30am on Friday 20 March, and 12:30pm on Sunday 22 March.

Nearly £2,000 of property was stolen, including a TV, and jewellery including a Pandora bracelet, gold chains and a number of rings.

"Housebreaking is a crime that we all fear, and although it does happen in our area it is not really a common occurrence.

"That said there are simple measures which can be put in place to help deter any opportunist thief and we would ask householders to consider reviewing their own home security."

– Sergeant Steven Wilson of the Community Policing Unit

The police are asking people to:

  • Ensure all doors and windows and securely closed
  • Ensure all valuables/car keys are out of sight
  • Instal security lighting or an alarm system
  • Lock all sheds and outbuildings
  • Ensure all side gates are secured to prevent easy access to the rear of the property.
  • Ensure door keys are out of reach.
  • Security mark your property
  • Leave lights or radios on a timer when the property is vacant
  • If you have a trusted neighbour ask them to watch your property, to open and close blinds or park a car in your driveway.
  • Ensure door keys are out of reach.
  • Consider joining or setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme.

Fracking in Canonbie put on hold

Campaigners in Canonbie have welcomed the news that fracking will will be put on hold in Scotland until a full inquiry is carried out.

The Scottish Government says local communities must be consulted about the impact of any controversial drilling techniques.

In Canonbie there were plans to extract unconventional gas at twenty sites around the village, but Scotland's environment agency has been told not to grant any licences.

Environmentalists have welcomed the move but say there should be an outright ban.

The Conservatives think blocking fracking will damage Scotland's economy.


Stolen tractor found in Canonbie

A tractor that was stolen from a Thornhill farm has been found in Canonbie.

The silver and green tractor, which is worth £30,000, was found at about 8:30pm on Monday, 21 July.

Police say the vehicle was seen travelling on the B6357 in the Canonbie area at around 9pm on Sunday, 20 July.

Anyone who saw the vehicle around this time or who has information on the driver is asked to contact police.


Calls for review of gas extraction proposals

Bob Frew, Spokesman, Canonbie Residents Against Coal Developments (CRACD) Credit: ITV News Border

Bob Frew is the spokesperson for the Canonbie Residents Against Coal Development group.

He is asking for landowners Buccleuch Estates to review their proposals:

“We are aware that communities are largely ignored or trampled in the context of the 'dash for gas' even though respected economists, and industry experts recognise that it will have no significant impact on the cost of energy to consumers.

"The messages from this survey are very clear.

“We therefore call on Buccleuch Estates to fundamentally review these proposals, and offer assurances to local people that they will not permit Dart Energy to utilise the existing planning consents.

“We further call on Buccleuch to enter into meaningful discussion with local groups, businesses and individuals, and in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council to identify alternative, sustainable economic development opportunities.”

Canonbie locals concerned about gas extraction plans

Locals in Canonbie are concerned about coal and gas extraction Credit: ITV News Border

Locals in the village of Canonbie, near Langholm, are rejecting proposals for a new coalfield to extract gas and coal.

Out of the 400 people who took part in a recent survey, almost 97% were against the proposals.

Landowners Buccleuch Estates, in partnership with Dart Energy and Keir, have major plans to open the unconventional gas and opencast coal resources in and around the village.

It has been estimate that more than 400 million tonnes of coal lies below the ground in the area, but residents fear that 'fracking' may also be carried out.

Canonbie body mystery: Full report

The body of a man found in woodland two years ago still hasn't been identified, despite worldwide enquiries.

His remains were discovered near Canonbie in Dumfries and Galloway, but little more is known about him.

The police have always thought he could be Italian, or have links to Europe, but inquiries across the continent have drawn a blank.

Detectives here though haven't given up hope of solving the mystery of who he is and why he died.

Matthew Taylor reports: