We are however in the meantime listing below various Constabulary media releases and reports on crime matters from other source
CHURCH VANDALISED - TINWALD
Officers are seeking the help of the public in relation to a vandalism at Tinwald Parish Church. Sometime between 5.30pm on Saturday 17, and 8.30am on Sunday 18 February 2018, two stained glass windows at Tinwald Parish Church were smashed. No entry was gained to the church.
Constable Simon Gleave said "the church sits on its own and we have carried out door to door enquiries in the surrounding area. It is unbelievable that someone would want cause damage to a church and we are asking for anyone who might have any information which might help us catch those responsible for this mindless vandalism to call us on the 101 number
BREAK-IN AT GOLF CLUB - DUMFRIES
Officers in Dumfries are carrying out door to door enquiries after a break-in to the Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club near to Castle Douglas Road in the town. Sometime on Saturday 17/Sunday 18 February 2018 a shed at the golf club was broken into and a blue coloured tool chest containing a large quantity of tools, and a Stihl chainsaw were stolen. The value of the property is in excess of £2000.
Constable Ruairidh Matthews said "we want to hear from anyone who may have been at the golf club over the weekend if they saw or heard anything suspicious. We are also interested in hearing about any strange vehicles in the vicinity of the club over this time. Callers can contact us at Dumfries on the 101 number,
BOGUS CALLERS - Canonbie to Castle Douglas
Over the last couple of days, we have had reports of a man attending at elderly people's addresses offering to carry out work on their drains. He encourages the homeowner to write a cheque (for several thousand pounds) for the 'required' work and then leaves without doing any work.
He is described as 50 - 60 years old, around 5ft 9, Scottish accent, medium build and was wearing a dark jacket and on one occasion navy checked trousers.
We would be keen to speak to this man and if anyone spots him going door to door please give us a call on 101. Again we would encourage everyone to use the DG Council Trusted Trader scheme if they want work done and never use some guy who just knocks on your front door.
BREAK-IN AT MOFFAT
Officers are carrying out door to door enquiries following a break-in overnight to Benmar Services, Station Road in Moffat. Sometime around 12.30am this morning, Thursday 15 February 2018 a break-in happened at the premises. Two people were seen at the garage at that time, however appear to have left empty-handed after the break-in. The two people are described as (1) male, average height, chubby/stocky build, wearing grey jogging bottoms and hooded top and black shoes. (2) male, average height wearing black jogging bottoms and hooded top.
Constable Maxwell Barbour said "we would like to hear from anyone who may have passed the premises either before or at the time of the break-in, especially if they saw anyone, or any vehicles in the area of the garage. Callers can call us on the 101 number
Thieves have been out and about in Annandale again. About 20 sandstone ridges were stolen from a property at Heck over the weekend. They are various sizes and are valued at around £400. Again over the weekend, a stainless steel garden ornament described as a spherical ball about 3' high with an arrow through it has been stolen from the garden of a house near Ecclefechan. The value to replace is in excess of £9000. Have you seen or heard anything suspiciois in either area? Clearly a vehicle must have been used, have you seen any strange cars in the area? Call us on 101 if you can help.
An orange coloured Belle cement mixer was stolen from the driveway of a house in Great Cross Road in Kirkcudbright around 6.30am on Monday. A black van was seen at that time and we want to trace it, and it's occupants. Call us on 101 if you can help us identify either, or recover the mixer.
82 YEAR OLD WOMAN STRUCK BY CAR - DUMFRIES
We are seeking witnesses to a road traffic collision that occurred next to the mini roundabout on Lochfield Road, Dumfries around 11am on Sunday 11th February 2018.
At that time a silver Vauxhall Astra has struck an 82-year-old pedestrian, knocking her to the ground. As a result of the collision, the woman was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where she remains in a serious condition.
Constable Lawrence Nelson said "We want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision and has not yet come forward. You can contact Police on 101 quoting incident ref: PS-20180211-1535."
**TO CLARIFY - the driver of the Astra stopped at the scene - This appeal is to identify any independent witnesses to the collision.**
UPDATE: Male is described as white, 5ft 9, wearing dark blue, 3/4 length puffa jacket, dark hoodie with white writing on the front, blue jeans and dark Adidas trainers with grey stripes. If you see this male call us on 101. Last seen heading towards Dumfries Town Centre.
WARNING - DO NOT LEAVE KEYS IN CARS
Calls reporting a male allegedly attempting to enter cars that have been left running in the driveways of owners in the Broomlands / Troqueer area of Dumfries.
DO NOT LEAVE THE KEYS UNATTENDED IN YOUR CAR!
Police are attending to look for the male, who is described as 5ft 9, dark parker jacket, scruffy dress.
This advice applies to everyone across Dumfries and Galloway.
SUSPECTED ATTEMPT THEFTS - BE ALERT
We have had a reports that two females have been allegedly trying to steal items from elderly woman in Moffat in the last hour.(issued 1pm)
They appear to be trying to distract their victim's by dropping items into the victim's handbag before putting their hands in to 'get it back'.
It's common for these type of crime to be repeated in other towns within a short period of time. Be Alert. Contact Police if you see the below-described females.
Both are described as young eastern European females. Female one has a fleecy cream jacket, dark hair tied in a bun, around 5ft 5" and slim build. Female two is approx 5ft7", dressed all in black with a fleecy hood on her jacket. She has dark hair tied up and is heavier build.
UPDATE: STOLEN WINCH RECOVERED / MAN CHARGED
Following police enquires, this winch has been found and a 41-year-old man has been charged in connection with the theft.
A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
HIT AND RUN RTC - DUMFRIES
Police are appealing for witnesses after a silver VW Sirocco crashed into a number of parked cars in Laurieknowe, Dumfries around 2:15am this morning.
Having crashed into the parked cars the driver of the Sirocco fled the scene on foot.
Constable Ross Milligan based in Dumfries said "Police are reviewing CCTV but are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone running away from Laurieknowe at that time. I would ask anyone who has a dashcam and was in the area of Laurieknowe, Glasgow Street, Terregles Street around that time to check it and contact Police if they have any footage of that may assist us.
Break-in - Thornhill
Officers are carrying out door to door enquiries in the Thornhill area after the report of a break-in to a house in Queensberry Beeches was reported. Sometime between Thursday 1 and Wednesday 7 February 2018 a house in Queensberry Beeches was broken into whilst it was unoccupied. At this stage, it is not known what if anything has been stolen. It does appear that most of the house has been searched through.
Constable Craig Murray said "anyone who might have seen or heard anything suspicious, or a not just quite right, in the town over the past week, is asked to give us a call on the 101 number.
Likewise, we want to hear from anyone who may have had any strange visitors at their door over this period to get in touch."
Fatal Road Crash - A701 Amisfield
Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision which happened on the A701 road at Amisfield, Dumfries on Wednesday 7 February 2018.
Sergeant Leigh McCulloch from the Trunk Roads Patrol Group said "a full crash scene investigation was carried out and the road was closed until around 11pm on Wednesday night. We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this collision and would ask that they contact us on the 101 number.
About 1.45pm a white coloured Iveco Daily flat bed pickup was in collision with a white coloured Scania tanker lorry. As a result the driver of the Iveco Daily, 63 year old Michael David Reid from Dumfries was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Scania lorry, a 55 year old man from Dumfries was uninjured. Both vehicles were damaged in the collision.
THEFT FROM CAR - ANNAN
Officers in Annan are investigating the theft of items from a car in Rosebank Terrace in the town.
Between 1pm and 1:15pm on Thursday 8 February 2018, the car, a black VW Golf, which was parked in Rosebank Terrance was entered and items including a silver iPod were stolen.
Constable Natalie Wilson at Annan said "we want to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around Rosebank Terrance at that time. It was only a 15 minute time period and anyone with any information is asked to call us at Annan on the 101
HIGH VALUE MACHINERY THEFT – CARSPHAIRN
Police in Castle Douglas are looking for any information in relation to the theft of an expensive piece of machinery from Carminnows, near to Carsphairn, Castle Douglas. The machine is a blue Tesmic Winch Tensioner used to erect power lines. The machine shows the livery of ‘Voltcom’ and was taken between 1830 hours on 06/02/18 and 0650 hours on 07/02/18.
Police would also ask members of the public travelling the A713 Castle Douglas - Ayr Road between 1830hrs and 1930hrs on 06/02/18 to check their dashcams in relation to the movement of this machine.
Any information, please contact PC Patterson on 101
CCTV has been recovered and is being reviewed.
ATTEMPTED HOUSEBREAKING - NEW ABBEY
Constable Bena Murray based at Dumfries needs your help.
Sometime between 5:30 pm on Monday 5th and 12:45 pm on Tuesday 6th January 2018, someone has tried to break into a house in Waterloo Place in New Abbey. They were unsuccessful and left empty-handed but we still want to catch them.
Did you see anyone up to no good in the street between those times? If so contact Constable Murray on 101.
RE-APPEAL FOR ANY INFORMATION - KIRKCUBRIGHT
Police from Kirkcudbright are keen to trace and speak with the male driver of a small dark blue coloured four-door vehicle which was seen in Longacres Road, Kirkcudbright about 1640 hours, on Tuesday 6 February 2018.
This vehicle was being driven by an elderly male described as having a short white beard and a black hooded top which he had up. His behaviour is described as being suspicious therefore we would like to speak with him in order to establish what he was doing in the area.
If you have seen either this vehicle or are able to identify the male please contact Police on 101.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE - HAVE YOU SEEN IT (1pm)
Recently we have had a number of reports of a vehicle seen in suspicious circumstances and we believe the occupants may be able to assist us in connection with a theft that occurred in Annandale Crescent, Lochmaben on 11th January this year.
The vehicle is a white coloured flatbed/tipper type lorry with 'John Connor' written on the side. Two males have been seen in the vehicle, one in his late 20's, early 30's and the other in his late 30's early 40's.
If anyone knows this vehicle or has seen it driving around, please contact PC Robert Dickson at Lockerbie Police Office on the 101 number.
STOLEN TOOLS - ANNAN
Officers in Annan are investigating the theft of tools from a van in Thomas Street in the town. Sometime on Thursday 1/Friday 2 February 2018 the van, a silver Vauxhall Vivaro, which was parked on Thomas Street, near to the junction with Bruce Street, was entered, and a bag of tools, a Hilti Max drill and a Hilti channel cutter stolen. The tools are valued at many hundreds of pounds and the two Hilti tools are contained in red coloured boxes.
Constable Natalie Wilson at Annan said "we want to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspicious in the area around Thomas Street, near to its junction with Bruce Street on Thursday or Friday. Anyone with any information is asked to call us at Annan on the 101 number
BREAK-IN ARRESTS AND WITNESS APPEAL
ANNAN ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB –
Two men, one aged 39 and the other 45, were arrested in relation to a break-in that occurred this morning (Monday 5th). A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
LADY STREET, ANNAN
Police are appealing for witnesses following a break-in to a flat in Lady Street, Annan. It is believed the theft happened around 8:30am on Sunday 4th February 2018. At that time, two males were seen leaving the property carrying items. One was described as 5ft 7”, chubby, short dark hair wearing dark clothing. The second male was around 6ft, late 20’s, wearing grey jeans and a dark hoodie top. Incident PDG0025350218 relates.
Police responded to reports of a break-in at Spar store, Bridge Street, Lockerbie around 1:34am on Sunday morning. A 17 year old youth was traced nearby and Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the theft.
Through enquiries into the recent spate of sheep worrying throughout the area we have now charged a 19 year old man from the Dalton area in relation to a case of sheep worrying in the Daltonhook area. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal. Today sees the launch of a campaign with our partners in Scottish Natural Heritage, National Farmers Union, Scottish Land & Estates, The National Sheep Association (Scotland) and the Kennel Club, aimed at raising awareness amongst dog owners about the devastating effects of livestock worrying.
We want to trace a slim, tall man after the house of an elderly lady living in Castle Acre in Ecclefechan was broken into. Around 2.30pm yesterday (Tuesday) the lady awoke to find the man in her house. He then fled when disturbed, and nothing appears to have been stolen Were you in the Castle Acre area yesterday afternoon? Did you see anything suspicious? Call us on 101 if you can help,
THEFT - LOCKERBIE
Officers are currently carrying out investigations into what appears to be the theft of plant and an act of fire-raising at a forest site near to Bengall, Birkshaw Forest, Lockerbie. Around 8.30am on Tuesday 30 January 2018 workmen arrived at the site to discover the theft of a generator and a number of batteries from the site. At that time the remains of a fire were discovered in containers on the site and to a Daf lorry 'gully sucker'.
Detective Constable Lee Moscrop said "we are currently carrying out enquiries in the surrounding farms and cottages to see if anyone saw or heard anything which might assist in this enquiry.
The value of the stolen generator and batteries is in excess of £7000. The value of the damaged containers and lorry is expected to be in the region of £80,000. We want to hear from anyone who may have been on roads around the Birkshaw Forest in the early hours of Tuesday 30 January 2018. Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious should call police on the 101 number
Heavy snow falling on the M74 north of Moffat. It's a similar story on the A7 near Langholm. All roads remain open, however, a yellow 'be aware' warning for snow and ice remains in place until 6pm tonight. ⚠️
A number of calls regarding fireworks/gunshots in the Dalbeattie Road area of Dumfries this morning. We have carried out enquiries and it's a shooting group nearby who are shooting geese.
We will be continuing our enquiries today in relation to a break-in at Castle Acre in Ecclefechan which took place between 2pm - 3pm yesterday (30th). Did you see anything suspicious?
VANDALISMS - STRANRAER
Over the last few months, a number of windows have been damaged on Cairnryan Road in Stranraer. It is believed the damaged is caused by pellets from an air rifle.
The most recent incident happened around 9pm on Tuesday 23rd January 2018, when the occupant of a house in Cairnryan Road heard her conservatory window being struck before a car with a loud exhaust drove away quickly.
Constable Scott Costley, based at Stranraer said "Enquiries are being carried out in order to trace those responsible for these crimes. If anyone knows who is responsible, they can contact us at Stranraer Police Station on 101
SHEEP WORRYING - DALTON
Officers are investigating two reports of sheep worrying on the fields at Kirkwood, Dalton, Lockerbie. In the first incident, which happened back on 21/22 October last year, in a field known locally as Burnies, on the Kirkwood Estate, six sheep were attacked and three subsequently died of their injuries.
Constable Lisa Duff said "the reporter is an experienced farmer and is sure that on both occasions the sheep were attacked by what he describes as a large dog, or dogs. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information about these incidents. Again we would want to warn the public about the control of dogs in and around livestock and devastating results that can happen when they are left to roam where livestock are situated. Anyone wishing to contact us regarding this or other incidents of livestock worrying should use the 101 number
In a second incident on the estate, on Wednesday 17 January 2018, on a field known locally as Burn, three sheep were attacked, injured, and subsequently died of their injuries.
WITNESS APPEAL - FATAL ROAD CRASH A714
Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses to a road traffic crash which happened on the A714 road just north of Penninghame, Newton Stewart on Monday 29 January 2018. Around 11.25 am a northbound blue coloured Mazda car left the roadway and collided with a tree. The lone female driver died in the crash.
Sergeant Wayne Carnochan of the Roads Policing Unit said "we want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this crash, or who was on the A714 road north of Newton Stewart on Monday morning. Callers can contact Police Scotland on the 101 number
PURSE THEFTS - DUMFRIES
Dumfries police are investigating two purse thefts which happened in the town on Monday afternoon, 29 January 2018.
Sometime around 2.30pm whilst a 76 year old woman was shopping in the Morrisons store in Leafield Road, she had her purse stolen. The purse contained cash and bank cards.
In a second incident a short time later, a 60 year old woman shopping in the Tesco store at Cuckoo Bridge had her purse stolen, which contained cash and bank cards. On both occasions, the following described man was seen near to the victims. He is described as being white, heavy build, dark hair which is receding, and was wearing a light grey jumper, blue jeans and black boots.
Constable Richard Davidson said "We are reviewing CCTV from both stores and have identified the described man as being near to both the victims just prior to the thefts. It might be that this man was accompanied by a female at this time. We are appealing to anyone who may have been in either store on Monday afternoon to get in touch if they saw anything suspicious. Callers can contact us on the 101
BREAK-IN - LOCKERBIE
Officers in Lockerbie want to trace two men after an attempted break-in to the Gala Park Stores in Lockerbie. Sometime around 11pm on Friday 26 January 2018 two males, wearing dark jackets with hoods up were seen attempting to break into the Gala Park Stores in Gala Park. The premises were not violated in the attack.
Constable Lee Barnfather at Lockerbie said "we want to trace these two men who were seen at the premises around 11pm. We would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the shop around 11pm on Friday night, especially if they can help us identify these two men, or if they saw or heard anything suspicious. Callers can contact police at Lockerbie on the 101
HANDBAG THEFTS - DUMFRIES - BE ALERT
In the last 30 minutes, we have had two handbags snatched from two women shoppers in a Dumfries supermarket. We want the public to be alert and keep an eye on their belongings while out and about. Don't leave them on trolleys or somewhere you can't see it.
We are issuing this posts as often we see a spate of these crimes in a short period of time, as those responsible visit different towns across the region.
The two men are described as eastern European wearing dark clothing and one is was wearing a hat. We will add more detailed descriptions once we have them.
UPDATE: One male has short brown hair, wearing jeans and a dark grey hoody top which has a blue patch on the sleeve, dark trainers and is of heavy build. He may also be wearing a flat cap.
LARGE SCALE DISTURBANCE - NEWTON STEWART
Officers in Newton Stewart are appealing to the public to help them identify those involved in what has been described as a large-scale disturbance in the town on Saturday night. About 11.55pm on Saturday 27 January 2018 police received a report of a fight ongoing near to the Galloway Arms Hotel in Victoria Street in the town.
Inspector Gavin McHallum at Newton Stewart said "on police arrival the group had dispersed. Witnesses spoken to so far have intimated that as many as up to 20 people, both male and female were involved in the disorder, which included fighting. I would ask anyone who may have witnessed this event, or who may have even been caught up in it to get in touch with us at Newton Stewart on the 101 number. At this stage, I have no reports of anyone being injured in this incident. We are reviewing CCTV in the town at this time."
Police Scotland officers are appealing for witnesses in a case of sheep worrying on the farmlands at Meikleholm Side, Annan Water, Moffat.
On the morning of Sunday 28 January 2018, the farmer at Meiklehom side came across four pregnant sheep with serious injuries. As a result, three of the animals had to be humanely destroyed by a vet (photo of injuries below).
It is believed the animals may have been attacked by a dog or dogs in a case of sheep worrying.
Constable John Cowan said "it appears from what we know that a dog or dogs have attacked the flock of sheep during the morning of Sunday 28 January 2018. We are asking the local community to help us trace the dog(s) and the owner. Anyone with any information which might help in this investigation is asked to call us at Lockerbie on the 101 number.
In a second incident, a 30-year-old man was charged with sheep worrying after his dog allegedly chased two sheep around a field near Mouswald on Sunday (28th January 2018).
HOUSEBREAKING - DUMFRIES
Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses following a break-in at a house in Rotchell Road, Dumfries. The raid took place sometime between Monday 22nd and Friday 26th January 2018 while the owner was away. At this time it appears only a small amount of cash was stolen.
Constable John Donnelly at Dumfries said "once again we see a property which was left unoccupied getting broken into while the occupants were away from home. We are currently carrying out investigations and are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious on Rotchell Road this week. Police can be contacted at Dumfries on the 101 number, or if they wish to remain anonymous then through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111"
DISABLED PARKING BAY ASSAULT - LOCKERBIE
Police in Lockerbie are investigating an alleged assault within Mains Street in the town.
Around 1:30pm on Friday 26th January 2018, two drivers are alleged to have had an argument over a disabled parking bay, before one of the drivers pushed the other into a wall.
Police are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen the incident or seen the black BMW in the disabled parking bay.
Anyone with information should contact Lockerbie Police Station on the 101 number quoting reference: PDG0019470118
VAN BROKEN INTO - KELLOHOLM
A Border Utilities van was broken into in Robertson Road, Kelloholm overnight (24th - 25th Jan). A petrol Stihl saw was stolen during the theft. Can you help us catch those responsible?
Information can be passed to Sanquhar Police via the 101 number or via Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111.
MOTORCYCLE THEFT - DALBEATTIE
A Regal Raptor 125 motorcycle was stolen from the Port Road area at Dalbeattie sometime between Thursday 18 and Monday 22 January 2018. The motorcycle has the number KE14RYD on it and is mainly black in colour. The bike had been parked up there because it broke down.
Constable Jane Gascoigne said "we have been carrying out door to door enquiries and reviewing CCTV footage in the area to try and establish what happened to this motorcycle. We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the Port Road area of Dalbeattie, near to the road leading to Biggars Mill, and who may have seen this motorcycle to get in touch with us on the 101 number
WEED KILLER THEFT - ANNAN
We are investigating a break-in to J&E Mackie in High Street, Annan sometime over the weekend. About £400 worth of high powered weed killer was stolen in the raid. These chemicals are potentially lethal in the wrong hands, and dangerous if not handled properly. Please call us on the 101 number of you know anything about this crime. Anyone coming across the weed killer, which is Round Up make, should call us immediately.
THEFT OF DEFIBRILLATOR - MONIAIVE
Officers are investigating the report of a theft of a defibrillator from Moniaive. The theft happened sometime between Monday 15 and Saturday 20 January 2018. The defibrillator is valued at around £1000 and was positioned in the alleyway next to Dickson's Grocers in High Street, Moniaive.
Constable Lee Smith said "it is beyond belief that someone would steal such a piece of equipment, put into the community with the purpose of saving a life. I am appealing to anyone who has any knowledge of this theft to get in touch with us through the 101 number, quoting PDG0014650118, or if anyone wishes to remain anonymous, then through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
TOOLS THEFT - STRANRAER
Police officers in Stranraer are seeking your help in a high-value tools theft investigation. Around 2315 hours on Thursday 18 January 2018 a van and trailer were stolen from a builders yard, at the Blackparks Industrial Estate in Stranraer.
The van belonging to a local electrician firm was used to remove an Ifor Williams power tip trailer, which was loaded with tools from the yard. The tools included laser levels and stands, Bosch drills, a Stihl saw, a Paslode nail gun, two large Hilti breakers and various other tools. The value of the theft is in the region of £15,000.
The van was later abandoned in the Industrial Estate, however, the trailer and the tools remain outstanding.
Constable Elinor Sneddon at Stranraer said "We're currently carrying out door to door enquiries and reviewing CCTV images in the area. We do want to hear from anyone who may have seen this van, which is a silver coloured Fiat Scudo van and which is marked up Alistair Scobie, Electrician, moving about the area late on Thursday night, or in the early hours of Friday morning, either towing the trailer, or without the trailer attached.
Anyone who has any information about this theft is asked to call us at Stranraer on the 101 number, quoting PDG0013830118. Anyone who wishes to pass information and remain anonymous is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
We are investigating a break-in to a house at The Howes in Annan sometime between 7.45am and 10am last Wednesday. The householder returned to the house around 10am to find the break-in, however after checking the property is seems that nothing has been stolen.
Constable Julie Rankin said "this is the third time that this property has been broken into in the past eight months. We are carrying out door to door enquiries in the area and would like to speak to anyone who may have been on the A75 road or the B723 Annan Lockerbie road jus past the Howes Corner on Wednesday morning. The house sits between the two roads and we are interested in sightings of anyone walking on these roads, or any vehicles that may have been parked on them during this time. Anyone with any information which might assist us in catching those responsible is asked to call Police Scotland at Annan on the 101 number using the reference PDG0012650118. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can use the Crimestoppers number of 0800 555 111."
Second Attempted robbery - Kirkcudbright
Police officers in Kirkcudbright are investigating a second attempted robbery in the town in a week. This time a 50 year old woman was the victim as she made her way home through a lane which runs between Barrhill Terrace and Kilndale Terrace in the town.
The attack happened at around 9:30pm on Thursday 18 January 2018. As the woman was walking in the lane she was approached by a man who, as they passed, attempted to grab her handbag. The woman pulled the bag and the attacker ran off.
The only description of the attacker is that he was of skinny build, about 5'8" tall and was wearing dark clothing. He was wearing a slightly padded jacket and had his hood up from a dark top which he was wearing underneath.
Detective Sergeant Nadine Scott said "this is a rare type of crime for our area and to have two similar attacks in a week is even more unusual. We have been carrying out door to door enquiries and CCTV footage is being reviewed. I would ask anyone who was about the area on Thursday night to get in touch with us if they saw or heard anything suspicious.
On each occasion, the attacker appears to have taken hold of the bag, however, has been unsuccessful when trying to make off with it. Police at Kirkcudbright can be contacted on the 101 number. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Our patrols are focussed on keeping people safe and again anyone with any information can pass it on to officers when they see them out and about."
HOUSEBREAKINGS - KIRKCUDBRIGHT
Police are appealing for information after two homes were broken into in the Kirkcudbright area and a suspicious vehicle was seen nearby.
The first break-in occurred at a property on the outskirts of Twynholm between 3:15pm and 5:30pm on Friday 12th January 2018. A silver Vauxhall Astra, possible VRM ending ****TJA was seen in suspicious circumstances near to the house.
A second house was also targeted in Rutherford Close, Kirkcudbright between 7:45pm on 12th and 8pm on 13th January 2018.
Items including jewellery, laptops and mobile phones were stolen from the properties.
Constable Ian Dunn based at Castle Douglas said:
“I would ask anyone who may have seen someone or a couple of people they didn’t recognise in the area to contact Police. I would be particularly keen to hear from anyone that may have seen a silver Astra acting suspiciously or may have captured the vehicle on a dashcam. Officers are checking CCTV and making local enquiries in an effort to trace those responsible.
Anyone with information can contact police in Castle Douglas via 101. Please quote incident number PS2018012-2857 when calling. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 and details can be given in confidence.
ATTEMPTED ROBBERY – KIRKCUDBRIGHT, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY
Police are appealing for information after an attempted robbery in Kirkcudbright early this morning Saturday 13 January 2018.
Around 0500 hours this morning, a 28 year old woman was walking along Bridge St, Kirkcudbright, near to Merse Bridge, where the incident is reported to have taken place.
Although uninjured, the woman was left very distressed by the incident.
Sergeant Graeme Robertson, Kirkcudbright Police Station, said:
“The young woman had initially been with her friend and both were walking home after a party nearby. Just prior to the bridge, her friend left her to go to her home nearby, and the young woman carried on to the bridge where she was grabbed.
" Although there probably wouldn’t be many people around at this time of the morning, Bridge Street is residential and it’s possible someone heard the woman shout or something which may have caused them to look out of their window and see the suspect run off. Officers are checking CCTV in the area to identify the person responsible.
"I would also urge any persons with vehicles with dash cams in operation who were travelling through Kirkcudbright at that time also to contact police.
“If you have any information that will assist officers with their investigation, then please contact Castle Douglas Police Station via 101 quoting reference number 0828/13/01/18. Alternatively, details can be given in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
SUSPICIOUS FIRE - TORTHORWALD
We are now treating the fire at Cruck Cottage, Sheildhill Road in Torthorwald as suspicious. The fire was discovered at around 2255 hours on Tuesday 9 January 2018. Fire and Rescue Service attended and the fire was eventually extinguished, however, has caused extensive damage to the thatched roof and supporting timbers.
Detective Sergeant Scott Young said "the Cruck Cottage is a Grade A listed building and is operated as a museum. A joint fire investigation will take place later today, Thursday 11 January 2018 in order to try and establish the cause of the fire. At this time we are examining CCTV footage around the area of the cottage, and have now identified movements near the cottage just prior to the fire being discovered. We are therefore appealing to the public for information which might help us in this investigation. We want to hear from anyone who may have been on the Sheildhill Road area in Torthorwald on Tuesday evening to get in touch if they can help identify any suspicious activity, or can identify any vehicles in that area near the cottage. Callers can use the 101 number and should quote PDG 0007240118.