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Deliberate house fire in Gretna under investigation

Police Scotland is appealing for information. Credit: ITV News

Police Scotland are investigating a house fire which may have been started deliberately.

At around 1.30am on Sunday M`arch 26th a man, aged 25, woke to discover a fire in his home in Torduff Road, Gretna.

He was able to douse the flames and extinguish the fire and was not injured.

“Thankfully the man was able to put out the fire and damage to the house was limited to the front door area, however, had he not woken up and tackled the fire, this could have been so much worse.

“He didn’t think to call the police or fire at the time as he had managed to put the fire out himself, however, on reflection, he called police to advise later in the week.

“We know from our joint investigation with Scottish Fire and Rescue that this fire was deliberately set but a motive has still to be established.

“Torduff Road is a residential area and is near to Annan Road in Gretna. I am appealing to anyone who may have seen someone hanging about the area they did not recognise, or who may have any information about the attack to come forward to police."

– Det Sgt Hugh McCombe, Dumfries CID


'Large scale disturbance' in Gretna

Gretna's Central Avenue Credit: ITV Border

Police were rushed to Gretna town centre on Saturday after what officers describe as a large-scale disturbance.

Police Scotland said today that they are looking for witness to the trouble which broke out late in the afternoon in the town's Central Avenue.

Around 30 youths were said to be involved in the disturbance which was broken up by police brought in from surrounding areas.

"Gretna police are looking for witnesses to a large scale disturbance which happened in Central Avenue in the town around 4.15 pm on Saturday.

"Reports are of up to 30 youths fighting, and whilst a number have been identified, witnesses are sought in relation to what happened.

"At this stage it seems that a number of assaults took place although there are no reports of any serious injuries. Anyone who has any information which might help should call police at Gretna on the 101 number."

– Police Scotland spokesman

Three in hospital after Longtown crash

The crash happened on the A6071 near Smalmstown Farm Credit: ITV News Border

Three people are in hospital with serious injuries after a black Vauxhall Astra crashed off the A6071 at Smalmstown Farm near Longtown in the early hours of this morning.

The car left the road on a right-hand bend and crashed through railings into trees and down a bank, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.

It was driven by a 33-year old local man, who had to be cut out of the car by fire fighters along with his front passenger.

The driver and two passengers, a 31-year old man from Lockerbie and a 30-year old man from Brampton, were initially taken to the Cumberland Infirmary but have now been transferred to the RVI in Newcastle.

A third passenger, a 16-year old from Gretna, was treated at the Cumberland Infirmary for minor injuries. They had been travelling from Gretna to Longtown.

Cumbria Police is appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened at around 4.15am on Sunday (10th January) morning.

£1million Gretna revamp to start next month

Central Avenue, Gretna Credit: ITV Border

A £1million revamp of Gretna's Central Avenue is set to get underway early in the new year.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has appointed a contractor to carry out the work that will include a new garden for the register office, improved car parking and revamping of pavements and paths.

The scheme is part of the Gretna Masterplan, which was adopted following extensive consultation in 2008, and identified the need to define the area around Central Avenue and Kirtle Place as the town centre.

"The vision for this project is to revitalise this central space to give it a 'garden village' feel. Quality materials will be used throughout creating a much more pleasant area. I am delighted this ambitious regeneration project has been given the go ahead, when complete, it will physically link several green spaces and be a far more attractive place for locals and visitors to spend time. I also believe that through this investment in the infrastructure the local economy will prosper and businesses in the vicinity will benefit through increased footfall as a result of the revitalisation.

“This project has taken a long time to come to fruition and I understand that some people will be inconvenienced while the work is taking place, but I think the end product of a revitalised, clean and pleasant High Street and surrounding area for people to enjoy will be worth it. Gretna needs investment and I am pleased the council has worked with us to get this project underway”

– Councillor Craig Peacock, Vice Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council's Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee

The scheme is due to be completed towards the end of next year.

Central Avenue, Gretna Credit: ITV Border

Police hunt Gretna car vandals

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Eight cars parked in Gretna were vandalised causing thousands of pounds of damage.

Police say the vehicles, parked in Central Avenue, had their paintwork damaged at various times of the day on Friday 6 November.

The cars included three BMWs, a Mercedes, a Fiat, A VW, a Peugeot and a Vauxhall Astra.

Police want to speak to anyone with information on who might be responsible.

"This is an absolute act of wanton vandalism for the sake of it. The cars in question were all parked along Central Avenue and whoever is responsible has caused damage which will run into thousands of pounds.

"I would encourage anyone who has any information which might help us identify those responsible to get in touch with us at Gretna on 101."

– PC Calum Benson, Police Scotland
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