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Dementia training for police in Dumfries and Galloway

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Police in Dumfries & Galloway have been training in how to deal with people with dementia, after a significant number of officers admitted feeling ill-equipped.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway teamed up with Police Scotland to trial a session with 18 members of staff.

It explored some practical challenges older people and people living with dementia may face, such as arthritis and visual changes related to ageing, and their effects on the mind and body.

It is estimated that there could be as many as 90,000 people in Scotland living with dementia and increasingly our officers are coming into contact with people living with and affected by dementia.

– Detective Inspector Robin Ferguson


Police appeal for vandalism witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses after cars and a charity office in Dumfries and Galloway were vandalised.

A silver Jaguar car parked in Annan's Drummond Road was targeted sometime on Thursday night or the early hours of Friday and a blue Ford Fusion - on a driveway of a house at Durisdeer Mill in Thornhill - had its tyres vandalised on three separate occasions between the evening of Sunday 15 February and Thursday morning.

The premises of Apex Scotland in Friars Vennel, Dumfries also had a window smashed on Friday night or the early hours of Saturday morning.

Anybody with information about any of the crimes is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Justice Minister to visit Dumfries policing service

Scottish Justice secretary Kenny Macaskill is visiting Dumfries today, as the row over the police control room there continues.

Mr MacAskill will hear about the work of units introduced by Police Scotland such as the Trunk Roads Policing Team and specialist Divisional Rape Investigation Team.

A report about Police Scotland's contact centres and control rooms will be presented to the Scottish Police Authority Board on Thursday 30th January.

It includes proposals to close the services in Dumfries, a move that's been criticised by the local MP, Russell Brown.

Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital

Around 1:30pm hours on Saturday 13 July 2013 a serious crash occurred on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road at the southern entrance to Drumlanrig Castle involving a car and a motorbike.

The 41 year old rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital by air ambulance suffering from serious injuries. The 80 year old driver of the Citroen was not injured.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash or who may have seen either vehicle prior to the collision to contact officers at Thornhill Police Station on 101


Council to consider buying three wind turbines

Wind turbines like these at Glenluce Primary School could be installed on other council-owned sites Credit: ITV News Border

A council is considering putting up three of its own wind turbines to pay for and off set carbon emissions from its street lights.

Planners at Dumfries and Galloway are meeting to discuss installing three turbines up to 66 metres high on council land.

They have identified 11 sites and are considering using school playing areas.

Opponents have criticised it for being nothing more than a 'money-making scheme'.

Full report: Justice Minister visits Dumfries and Galloway Police

The Scottish Justice Minister gave assurances today that local policing issues won't suffer when the eight forces in Scotland merge into one next month.

Kenny MacAskill was paying his last visit to Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.

He met drug enforcement officers in Dumfries who have just arrested scores of people in an operation to crack down on local gangs.

Matthew Taylor has this report:

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