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Hundreds of litres of heating fuel stolen in Annan

Anyone with information should call 101 Credit: PA

Around 700 litres of heating fuel, costing around £350, have been stolen from a tank in Annan.

The incident happened sometime between Wednesday 11 and Friday 20 October in the Howcreek area of Cummertrees.

Police Scotland said:

This theft has happened in a rural part of our beat and as such we want to hear from anyone in the Cummertrees area who may have seen anything suspicious over the past few weeks.

We are keen to hear about any strange callers to isolated premises, or strange vehicles going about the area."

– Constable Tammy Smith

Anyone with information should call 101.

12-year-old boy crushed to death in Sanquhar named

Despite efforts by emergency services, Kieran Esquierdo died at the scene Credit: Police Scotland

The boy who was crushed to death in Dumfries and Galloway has now been named as 12-year-old Kieran Esquierdo from Gillenburn Road in the village.

Police Scotland are continuing their investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of Kieran, in Kelloholm, Sanquhar, on Sunday 15 October.

Our thoughts are with Keiran's family and friends at this very sad and distressing time.In his few months at Sanquhar Academy, Keiran had shown himself to be a bright, hardworking and motivated student who loved animals and nature. He was highly thought of by his teachers and fellow pupils. Keiran's loss will be acutely felt across both the school community and the wider community of Upper Nithsdale.”

– Tom Snow, headteacher at Sanquhar Academy

We are deeply shocked and greatly saddened to hear of the tragic death of our former pupil Keiran. He was a considerate and gentle boy who was a popular member of our school community. He'll be sorely missed by his friends. Our thoughts are with his family and all at Kelloholm Primary School offer our heartfelt condolences.”

– Malcolm McGregor, headteacher at Kelloholm Primary School

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Man arrested following Galashiels attempted vehicle theft

The incident happened at around 8pm on Friday 1 September Credit: PA

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and charged following the attempted theft of a vehicle in Church Street, Galashiels.

The incident happened at around 8pm on Friday 1 September, following a cold call at the address. The man was detained by officers a short time later. He appeared at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday 4 September. Galashiels Police said:

Cold calling is a crime that can affect anyone and those responsible, like bogus callers and rogue traders, are often extremely convincing in how they approach and interact with potential victims.

Please report any suspicious activity to Police on 101. If the person refuses to leave your door, or you feel threatened or scared – call 999 and ask for the Police."

– Paul Begley, Police Sergeant, Galashiels Police Station
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