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WATCH: D&G woman presides over elections for nearly 60 years

A woman from Dumfries and Galloway has taken part in local elections as a polling clark and a presiding officer since 1960.

Grace Brown from Langholm, is still going strong and presided over votes at Ewes, near Langholm, for this year's local council elections.

She is also hoping to carry out her role in the General Election in June.


Second man in court after Langholm bank raid

The raid. Credit: ITV Border

A second man has been arrested in connection with a bank raid in Langholm, in November 2016.

David Hanley, 26, from County Durham, appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.

Police were called to a break-in at the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in the early hours of the morning, on Friday 11 November 2016, following reports of an explosion.

Police issue new details of Land Rover used in bank raid

The vehicle used in the Langholm raid on 11th November Credit: Police Scotland

New details have been released about a Land Rover Defender used in a bank raid in Langholm on the 11th of November.

Police Scotland say the green-coloured vehicle, which was in pristine condition, was stolen from a house in English Street in Longtown on the night of Thursday 27th October/Friday 28th October, two weeks before the break in at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The police say a key lead in the enquiry surrounds the movement of the vehicle.

Detective Inspector Scott Young said: “The question we are keen to have answered is ‘where has that vehicle been for two weeks’? We want to hear from anyone who may have seen this vehicle since the 28th October. Has it been seen driving about the area? Was it parked in a street, or a car park, or elsewhere over this period?

"The Land Rover still had its original number plates on when it was found burning a short time after the raid on the B6318 south of Skippers Bridge. As I said, the Land Rover was in a very clean condition for its age and it just might have caught the eye of Land Rover enthusiasts. Anyone with any information should call us on 101, or if they want to remain anonymous then through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Police investigate Langholm caravan fire

Police are investigating. Credit: ITV Border

Police are investigating after a caravan on waste ground at William Street in Langholm was set on fire.

The blaze was discovered at around 9pm on Monday 17 October, and firefighters were able to put it out, but the vehicle was badly damaged.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the William Street area between 2000 hours and 2100 hours on Monday night. In particular we want to trace a number of youths, perhaps up to four males who were seen in the area around this time.

All were described as being dressed in dark clothing and two may have had hooded tops with the hoods up. Anyone who can help us trace those responsible should call us at Langholm on the 101 number.

– Detective Constable Lee Smith


Langholm Common Ridings gallops towards another successful year

Over 8,000 people packed the centre of Langholm today for their annual Common Riding celebrations.

Cornet Simon Tweddle led his supporters round the boundaries of the town, in a tradition dating back to 1759.

Police appeal after Langholm Golf Club break in

Police are appealing for witnesses after a break in at a golf club in Langholm.

Cash was stolen during the raid which happened sometime overnight on Thursday 28th April/Friday 29th April 2016.

Constable Helen Thomas said:

The golf club in the town sits in an elevated position above the town and is quite secluded.

We want to hear from anyone who may have been around the area of the golf club over this period to get in touch with us through the 101 number if they saw or heard anything suspicious.

– Helen Thomas
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