We are however in the meantime listing below various Constabulary media releases and reports on crime matters from other source
STOLEN CASH MACHINE – GRETNA
Detectives are appealing for information following the theft of an ATM cash machine from outside a convenience store in Gretna in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 20 September 2018).
Police were called around 2:45 am after three people wearing balaclavas used an industrial manitou forklift to forcibly remove an ATM from the wall of the Cooperative Store in Annan Road, causing extensive damage to the building.
It is understood that the forklift was stolen from a nearby farm prior to the incident.
The three suspects made off from the scene in a stolen silver Vauxhall Vectra, which had been adapted to fit the ATM in the boot, heading along Surrone Road onto Loanwath Road.
The ATM is believed to contain a five figure sum of cash.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Burnie from Dumfries CID said: “Enquiries are at an early stage to trace the individuals involved in this reckless incident and I am appealing for members of the public to come forward with any information that could assist our investigation.
“Detectives are currently carrying out extensive enquiries including examining CCTV and speaking to local residents. I would ask anyone living in the area who saw or heard anything suspicious, and is yet to speak to police, to please get in touch.
“I would appeal to anyone who saw a forklift or a silver Vectra car in the area in the early hours of this morning to please get in touch. I would also ask any motorists with dashcams or residents with CCTV to check in case they have captured any footage which could be of significance.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact Dumfries CID via 101, quoting incident number 0246 of Thursday 20 September 2018. Alternatively you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.”
MAJOR INCIDENT DECLARED
A major incident has now been declared in Dumfries and Galloway due to Storm Ali. The region has seen significant disruption due to the high winds.
Due to the number of incidents currently being reported to Police Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council and the threat to life these incidents present, the decision has been made to call a major incident.
Right across the region we have numerous roads blocked, significant structural damage to several buildings, power cuts and this in turn has placed a huge demand on all services.
We are now advising drivers to delay their journeys where possible.
WHITESANDS - DUMFRIES - DASHCAM FOOTAGE SOUGHT
We are looking for drivers with dash cameras who drove along the Whitesands between 2pm and 3pm to check their cameras following a theft from a jewelers in the town.
The suspects involved in the theft, are believed to have entered a white VW CC, which was parked in the riverside car park of the Whitesands. The vehicle was parked on the road side of the car park, near the top of the Whitesands and we are looking to find out if anyone passing it, captured the vehicle on their dash camera.
If you drove along the Whitesands and have a good dash camera, it's likely you may have captured the number plate. We would appreciate anyone with any information contacts Police Scotland on 101 - quoting incident 2039 of 18th September.
STOLEN VEHICLE - HAVE YOU SEEN IT
A grey coloured Ford Ranger Wildtrak with open load-bed was stolen from Eastriggs, sometime over the weekend (15th - 17th Sept).
The pickup was displaying the number plates SL18JVR at the time of the theft and had a small amount of fuel left in tank. Have you seen it since?
Contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 0713 of 17th September 2018 if you can help.
ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN - GOLF CLUB
Thieves targeted New Galloway Golf Course overnight and we are asking the public to remain vigilant when out in their communities and continue to report anything suspicious to Police Scotland at the time.
The golf club was targeted around twenty past midnight, this morning (17th), however, it appears those responsible have fled empty handed after the building alarm activated.
Constable Christopher Brydson said "I want the general public and premises staff to play their part - everyone can help deter thieves by keeping a watchful eye for suspicious people or vehicles to prevent people ‘casing’ a premises. If you are suspicious, note some details of the vehicle, including the number plates and a description of the persons and report them to Police Scotland on 101.
Anyone that saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of New Galloway Golf Club on Sunday evening into Monday morning should contact me at Castle Douglas on the 101 number.
CASH STOLEN - DUMFRIES
Officers are investigating the theft of a four figure sum of cash from the home of an 87-year-old woman on the outskirts of Dumfries on Monday 10th September.
At around 11am on Monday morning the woman was at her home which is near to Newbridge Village, Dumfries, when two men entered and began searching through the house. The men left after a short time and it was later discovered that the cash had been taken.
Constable Keith Beattie said, "This was a horrific experience for the woman to have two complete strangers enter her home and start to search through it, in broad daylight in front of her.
"The only description we have is of one of the men, who is described as being around 20 years of age, white, slim build, black hair and had a thin hair line around his jaw line and was wearing a white coloured long sleeve top and dark bottoms. The second male cannot be described.
"I am seeking the help of the public in relation to helping us identify these two men. If anyone was in the Newbridge Village area on Monday, or if anyone has any information about this crime then we want to hear from them. Callers can contact us at Dumfries on the 101 number, giving the reference number 2478 of 10/9."
CAN YOU HELP? - ASSAULT BURNS STATUE - DUMFRIES
About 5:15 pm, yesterday (Monday 10th), a 26-year-old woman was assaulted while waiting at a bus stop at Burns Statue in Dumfries. The victim was knocked to the ground and assaulted by a woman described as, aged around early 20's, 5ft 8", medium build with long straightened blonde hair and was wearing a black Stone Island jacket, dark jeans and black and white trainers.
The assault only stopped when a woman intervened and told the suspect to leave the victim alone.
Police Constable Martyn McQuillan, based in Dumfries said "This assault took place at one of the busiest parts of Dumfries and I would appeal for anyone that witnessed it to come forward and speak to Police. I am particularly keen to hear from the woman who intervened and stopped the assault.
At this time, the motive for the attack is unknown, however, we know the attacker called the victim by the wrong name and as such, it may be a case of mistaken identity. We will be reviewing CCTV in the area however anyone that can help should contact Police Scotland on 101.
CRIME SPREE AND RURAL THEFTS - ESKDALEMUIR
Sometime in the early hours of Friday 7th September a number of premises were violated and property stolen in the Eskdalemuir area.
The Ex Servicemen's Hall was broken into and whilst nothing appears to have been stolen, damage was caused inside the building.
A work site, just off the A709 road at Garwald was broken into. All that appears to have been stolen is a key for a vehicle.
A red Honda quad bike, valued at around £6000 and a Husqvarna chain saw valued at £500 were stolen in a raid on a barn at a farm near Westerhall.
On another raid on a garage at a property between Castle O'er and Eskdalemuir a Phoenix two wheeled trailer and a Honda generator were stolen. The trailer is valued at around £1200 and the generator around £1000.
Constable Calum Benson said "clearly a mini crime spree has taken place in the early hours of Friday morning and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the Eskdalemuir area, or travelling between Eskdalemuir and Langholm over this period if they saw or heard anything suspicious, or indeed saw any vehicle which were on the road at that time. Callers can use the 101 number and should quote the reference number 0523 of 7/9.
Thieves appear to have been busy in the Eskdalemuir/Langholm area last night. The Ex-Servicemans Hall at Eskdalemuir was broken into, a red Honda quad bike has been stolen from a property near Westerhall, Langholm, and a two wheeled trailer stolen between Eskdalemuir and Castle O'er. If you were in the area and saw anything suspicious please call us on the 101 number.
UPDATE - SERIOUS SEXUAL ASSAULT, ST MARY'S STREET, DUMFRIES, 23 AUGUST 2018
MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED
We can confirm that a 40 year old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a report of a serious sexual assault which occurred in the early hours of Thursday 23 August 2018 in St Mary's Street, Dumfries.
He is due to appear before Dumfries Sheriff Court on Friday 7 September 2018.
ANNAN THEFTS – UPDATE
We are aware the public in Annan are concerned about reports people have been breaking into cars and trying door handles of houses in the towns.
We want to offer some reassurance to those living in Annan and highlight the police activity in relation to these crimes.
Over the last 2 days, we have had 7 thefts reported to us in the Annan area. Police investigations into these have seen 4 people arrested and brought into Police custody. A further suspect has been identified and is being sought by police.
We have also recovered stolen property, including two stolen bikes and return them to the owners.
We would continue to ask the public report anything they think is suspicious at the time, calling us the next morning means we have often missed the opportunity to catch those responsible at the scene of the crime. If you believe a crime is in progress you can call Police Scotland on 999.
We are continuing to appeal for witnesses following the theft of a Ted Baker purse from a white Ford Fiesta that was parked on Hospital Road in Annan. The theft occurred around 10:15pm on 27th August 2018 and police are looking for a suspect described as wearing dark clothing and a baseball cap.
We are also looking for witnesses in relation to a second theft from a black Kia Venga which was parked in Northgate. A cream leather handbag and a distinctive royal blue Opera Bingo Pencil case were stolen in this theft which occurred between 8pm on Monday 27th – 11:45am on Tuesday 28th August.
Anyone with any information in relation to either of these crimes should contact Police Scotland on 101.
We are investigating an assault at a house near Kettleholm in the early hours of Saturday morning. A 41 year old man was assaulted by two males and was knocked to the ground when he went out to check why his dogs were barking. No description of the males other than one spoke with a Scottish accent. The man was bruised and grazed in the attack. Were you on the B723 in the Ketleholm area just after midnight? Did you see anything suspicious? If you live near Kettleholm did you have any strange callers on Friday night/early Saturday morning? Please call us if you can help on the 101 number, quoting the reference PDG 0186980818.
RTC - A76 - WITNESS APPEAL
About 4:45pm, yesterday (Sunday 26th August) a two vehicle road traffic collision occurred on the A76 between Holywood and Auldgirth. The collision involved a blue BMW 330 and a white Renault Kadjar.
As a result of the collision the A76 was closed for over an hour. Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash and also asking if anyone recalls seeing either vehicle travelling south prior to the collision.
Anyone with information should contact Constable Kingstree of Dumfries Roads Policing Unit on 101 quoting incident 2915 of 26th August.
VANDALISM - PAINT THROWN - EASTRIGGS
Police are investigating after white paint was thrown over two vehicles and at two homes in Melbourne Court in Eastriggs sometime overnight.
The paint was thrown over a black Ford Fiesta, a black Skoda Octavia and the two homes sometime between 10:30 pm last night (Thursday) and 6:30 am this morning.
Did you seen anything or can you help identify who is responsible? Contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 0534.
Unlike the postcode lottery advert on the tv in which they sing about “someone knocking at the door, someone ringing the bell”, Annan has its own version – “someone prowling in your garden, someone sneaking through your house.”
In the early hours of this morning a prowler has been in the Kennels Road, Fruids Park Avenue and Hecklegirth areas of the town, all without an invitation! Security lights have been activated, disturbing the prowler in gardens, however he did manage to get into one house, when he fled after being caught by the elderly occupants.
Have you had any suspicious occurrences at you home recently? The prowler is described as male, in his 20s/30s, and wearing a black hooded top and grey jogging bottoms. If you can help us catch him please call us at Annan on the 101 number quoting reference 0520 of 22/8. And remember, please lock all doors and windows before going to bed. Don’t make it easy for him!
We have had lots of people visit the police station today worried following a call from scammers claiming to work for HM Revenue and Customs.
Clearly, the automated message is targeting the D&G area and we even got a call ourselves! Unfortunately, a victim has handed over more than £4,000 to the scammers this morning and we want as many people to know what the scam sounds like so they don't become a victim! Please share it and don't respond to the scammers! www.facebook.com/DumfriesGallowayPoliceDivision/videos/1843519752361915/
link below shows full scammers message
STOLEN DIGGER APPEAL
Officers are appealing for witnesses to a theft which occurred in the Kirkpatrick Fleming area sometime between Saturday 18 and Tuesday 21 August 2018.
Sometime over this period a 322 Bobcat mini digger was stolen from a property just off the B6357 road, near the flyover with the A74(M) at Kirkpatrick Fleming. The digger is described as having a black and white coloured cab, expanding tracks, has a ditching bucket attached and is valued at around £4000.
Constable Natalie Wilson said "it appears that the digger has been driven across a field and onto waiting transport on the B6357. We would be interested in hearing from anyone who may have used the road between Kirkpatrick Fleming and Chapelknowe over this period, especially if they say any vehicles which might have been able to transport such a digger in this area. Callers can contact police on the 101 number and should quote the reference 0721 of 21/8."
WITNESS APPEAL - SERIOUS RTC - A7
Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision that occurred on the A7 four miles north of Langholm.
The collision, which involved a white Isuza D-Max pickup and a Range Rover Sport occurred around 8:15pm on Tuesday 21st August 2018. The driver of the pickup, a 33 year old man from Skelmersdale was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Constable Ashley Broatch of the Roads Policing Team said "Following the collision the A7 was closed for 5 hours while emergency services worked at the scene however it has now re-opened. Police are keen to speak to anyone that saw the vehicles prior to the collision and anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 3747 of 21st August.
Sometime on Thursday/Friday last week a Scotch Mule Gimmer was attacked by a dog in a field near to Orchard Farm at Ecclefechan. The sheep had to be put down as a result of the injuries it suffered. We are asking for anyone with any information about this to call us on the 101 number quoting the reference 2328 of 17/8.
STOLEN VEHICLE - AMISFIELD - HAVE YOU SEEN IT
Officers are appealing for help in relation to the theft of a blue coloured Toyota Hilux with the registration number R50SWT from a outside a cottage just north of Amisfield, Dumfries. The vehicle, which is valued at around £18,000 was stolen sometime in the early hours of Saturday 18 August 2018. The cottage where the vehicle was stolen from was also entered and two ladies handbags were stolen. The bags contained small amounts of cash, debit and credit cards and other personal items. The cottage sits at the side of the A701 just north of the village of Amisfield.
Constable Stephen Dickson said "we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in or around the Amisfield area in the early ours of Saturday morning. The A701 road which passes the cottage was closed at the time for repairs. Any sightings of the vehicle after it was stolen would also be helpful. Callers can contact us on the 101 number and should quote the reference 1036 of 18/8."
THEFT OF QUAD BIKE - MOFFAT
Police officers in Moffat are appealing for witnesses for the second time this week after a quad bike was stolen from a farm just off the A701 south of the town overnight Tuesday 14/Wednesday 15 August 2018.
The quad, a red coloured Yamaha 350 ATV Grizzly which was fitted with a winch was stolen from the farm overnight. The value of the quad is around £6000.
Constable Lee Barnfather said "following the theft of the caravan earlier this week we are now dealing with the theft of a quad bike in Moffat. Clearly thieves are on the prowl in the Moffat area and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have been on the A701 road south of the town on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. We want to hear about any suspicious vehicle movements in the area of Moffat.
It is clear that some sort of reconnaissance is taking place before the thefts occur and we would welcome any information about suspicious vehicles or people in the area over the last week or so. Callers can contact us on the 101 number and should quote the reference number 0482 of 15/7.
SERIOUS ASSAULT - DUMFRIES
Officers in Dumfries are appealing for the help of the public following an unprovoked attack on a 43 year old man in the Morrisons Store car park in Brooms Road, Dumfries at the weekend. Around 3.50pm on Saturday 11 August 2018 the man from Kirkcudbright was returning to his car in the car park, having just completed a shopping trip with his family, when he was attacked from behind and struck over the head with some kind of weapon. The man suffered cuts to his head and was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where he was treated for his injuries.
Detective Constable Scott Ruddick at Dumfries said "this was a completely unprovoked attack, in broad daylight in a busy supermarket car park and as yet we are unsure what the motive for the attack was. The man we want to trace is described as being anywhere between 5'5" and 6' tall, of medium build and was wearing a dark blue coloured long sleeved hooded top and jeans. We are reviewing CCTV in the area and appealing for anyone who may have been in the car park either before or after the attack to get in touch with us if they saw anyone fitting this description. The victim has been released from hospital and is recovering at home.
"This is a very unusual type of attack for our region and we are asking for the public's help to identify and trace the man responsible. Patrols will be in the area as part of the enquiry and anyone with any information should contact them direct if they see them, or call us at Dumfries on the 101 number quoting 2728 of 11/7. Anyone who wishes to pass on any information whilst remaining anonymous should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
STOLEN CARAVAN - MOFFAT - SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE SOUGHT BY POLICE
This Sterling Cruach Ben Lomond caravan was stolen from Moffat sometime between 5:30pm and 9pm on Sunday 12 August 2018. It was stolen from the driveway of a property on the Old Edinburgh Road in the town. The caravan is a 2010 model and valued in the region of £9000.
Constable Calum Benson said "we are interested in hearing from anyone in Moffat who may have seen or heard anything suspicious at all on Sunday. In particular we are interested in tracing the two male occupants of a white coloured Ford Ranger which had a 67 registration plate. This vehicle was seen in the area around 5.35pm and again near the scene of the theft at around 6pm.
Also, we would like to trace a small white coloured van which may have been in the area shortly after 6pm. Anyone with any information is asked to call police on the 101 number, and quote the reference 4090 of 12/8."
Seems to be the season for stealing bikes. Over the past 48 hours we have had three reports of stolen bikes. On Monday afternoon a green Mongoose Tyax Sport bike worth £300 was stolen from the footpath between Kingholm Quay and Glencaple. That same day a white Topeka Saxon bike valued at £500 was stolen from outside the Tolbooth in Kirkcudbright. Yesterday (Tuesday), a blue Vodoo mountain bike worth £400 was stolen from outside the Tourist Information Office on the Whitesands in Dumfries. Please be careful when leaving your bike when out and about. They are expensive to replace!