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Police in Dumfries and Galloway are appealing for witnesses to the following incidents

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Police are appealing for information after a house was broken into near to Broadmeadow, Eccelfechan, between 2315 hours on 2 October 2021 and 0720 hours on 3 October 2021.
Entry was gained to the property and items stolen from inside.
If you have any information then please contact Police on 101
Suspicious Female - Dumfries
Police in Dumfries have had a few calls this afternoon (26th) regarding a female in the Troqueer area trying doors of houses. On one occasion she has managed to gain entry. Police are following a positive line of enquiry however we are recommending people keep their doors locked even when you are in the house.
Sheep Death - Moffat
We are appealing for information following the discovery of a sheep with fatal injuries on farmland on the outskirts of Moffat on Friday 24 September 2021.
The 4 year old ewe was found by the farmer with a head wound. Post mortem examination suggests that a crossbow and arrow is the most likely cause of the injury.
Please quote PDG0207930921 if you have any information on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Police at Newton Stewart are appealing for witnesses in relation to damage caused to the boundary wall of Minnigaff Cemetery.
The damage was caused during the week of 14 September 2021 and consists of 3 different areas of damage.
If you have any information, observed anyone causing the damage or have dashcam footage the please contact Newton Stewart Police on 101 quoting incident number PDG0200580921
Police at Lockerbie are appealing for information about theft by housebreaking which happened on the evening of 19 September 2021 at a farm near to Johnstonebridge.
If you have any information or saw anything suspicious please contact the Police on 101 quoting incident number PDG0013020921
Police in Lockerbie are investigating the theft of two curtained articulated trailers from Lockerbie Lorry Park which is located on the B7076 near to Johnstonebridge.
The theft occurred between 10pm on Saturday 18 September 2021 and 2am on Sunday 19 September 2021.
If you were in the area at the time and witnessed anything suspicious or have dashcam footage, please contact us on 101 and quote incident number PS-20210019-1892.
Detectives are appealing for information after human remains were discovered within a vehicle fire in the Lincluden area of Dumfries.
Around 8.15am on Wednesday, 22 September, police were called to a report of a car on fire near to Jocks Loaning.
Emergency services attended, and after the fire was extinguished, human remains were discovered within the grey coloured Vauxhall Insignia.
Extensive enquiries are underway to confirm the identity of the deceased and a post mortem examination will be carried out in due course to establish the exact cause of death, which is currently being treated as unexplained.
Detective Inspector Craig Nicolson said: “A team of specialist officers are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and I am appealing to anyone, who may have information to assist the investigation, to please get in touch.
“I would particularly like to hear from any motorists with dash-cams who were travelling in the area of Lincluden Road, Priory Avenue, Glasgow Road (A76) or Jocks Loaning, between 7.30am and 8.15am on Wednesday, 22 September. I would also urge any local residents with private CCTV to check their footage during that time period in case they have anything which could be of significance.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland through 101, quoting incident number 0517 of Wednesday, 22 September, 2021.”
Attempted Housebreaking - Dumfries
Police are appealing for witnesses after a group of youths, believed to be in their teens, attended a new build property next to the Spar on Auchencrieff Road, Locharbriggs, Dumfries and attempted to force entry to the property.
The incident occurred about 7pm on Wednesday 15/09/2021 with the following descriptions provided;
- A boy with red hair wearing a grey top and dark bottoms
- A boy wearing a grey hoodie with a ‘man bag’ over his shoulder
- A girl wearing a dark top and grey bottoms
- A boy with grey bottoms and a black jacket
Anyone with information relating to this incident or CCTV footage is asked to contact PC Cochrane at Dumfries Police Station or call 101 quoting incident number 3102 of the 15th September 2021.
Fireraising – Chain Road, Creetown
We are appealing for any information regarding a report of fireraising which occurred on farmland off the C49W Chain Road, Creetown, causing damage to property.
This incident occurred about 2pm on Tuesday 31/08/2021.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 101 quoting reference number 2419 of 31st August 2021.
Vandalisim - Dumfries
Police in Dumfries are appealing for any information that may help to identify who damaged CCTV and a WiFi Router at Catherine Street Inclusive Park. Damage occured between 4pm on 10/09/21 and 10am on 11/09/21.
Housebreaking - Victoria Place - Lockerbie
We are appealing for any information regarding 2 men that were seen acting suspiciously at Victoria Place, Lockerbie, gaining access to a property.
The men are described as a white, approx. 5” 10 and 5”8, slim build.
One man is thought to have been wearing jeans and a jumper, the other a dark hoody with hood up and may have been in possession of a bicycle.
This incident occurred around 5 am on Saturday 11/09/2021.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call 101 quoting reference number 0847 of 11 September 2021

There's been a rise in the number of caravan thefts in Dumfries and Galloway recently and Police Scotland ask you to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour or vehicles.
We urge caravan owners to review any security measures they have in place and to take steps to reduce the chances of becoming a victim.
Some security measures could include:-
Many different types of caravan alarm are available
*Tracking and registration systems*
Tracking systems enable a vehicle to be located after it has been stolen.
*Stolen vehicle databases*
Since 1992, all touring caravans manufactured by National Caravan Council (NCC) members have been marked on their chassis and on all windows with their unique 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number and these are recorded on the CRiS database.
Additionally, all new caravans manufactured by NCC members since August 1997 are electronically tagged during manufacture for added security.
*Wheel Clamps*
A variety of wheel clamps are available on the market, but not all are sufficiently robust to withstand sustained attack. Look for approval markings by organisations such as Sold Secure.
Arrange to have your vehicle’s registration number etched onto all glass services – including the headlamps. You can also use the last 7 digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), or some other unique identifying number linked to a recognised database.
Protect your property from thieves.
Between 1700 and 1800 hours on Monday 23rd August 2021, a high value theft occurred at a dwelling house in Broadstone Road, Stranraer. A group of 4-5 young males thought to be in their late teens wearing dark coloured tracksuits and masks were observed at the locus address within the garden and Police would like to speak with these individuals in relation to the theft. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen this group of young men in the Broadstone area of the town or indeed anywhere else about Stranraer and in particular, if they were seen getting in or out of a vehicle.
Anyone with information to contact DC Rice at Stranraer CID.
Police in Stranraer would also like to remind residents to be vigilant around their home security. If leaving the house to go on holiday for a few days, please consider telling your neighbours and asking them to keep an eye on the premises in your absence. We would also strongly advise residents to consider investing in some basic low cost home security such as video door bells as these can be a great deterrent to would be thieves.
If anyone would like some personal home security advice then please make contact with the community policing team at Stranraer and an officer will come round to carry out a security survey for you. The team can be reached by emailing us at WigtownCPT@scotland.pnn.police.uk
We have been responding to a rising number of calls regarding thefts of fuel from domestic and commercial tanks.
There are a few simple precautions you can take to protect your fuel tank
- Using lockable gates
- Fitting a locking fuel cap or alarm
- Check tank levels regularly
Report any suspicious activity to Police Scotland by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.
On the 24th August 2021, a NEW law will come into force in Scotland to provide more protection for retail workers – it is called the Protection of Workers Act 2021.
The NEW Protection of Workers Act makes it an offence to assault or behave in a threatening or abusive way towards a retail worker.
A ‘retail worker’ could be someone who owns, is employed or volunteers in a shop, shopping centre or supermarket. They might be delivering groceries to a house or selling alcohol in a bar.
If you know or suspect someone who is responsible for abuse towards shop workers #BeFearless in speaking up 100% anonymously at Fearless.org.
In an emergency, ALWAYS call 999.
Malicious Mischief - Mossdale, Castle Douglas
Police are looking for information about an incident that occurred overnight, between 2000 hours 03/08/2021 and 0800 hours 04/08/2021. A number of tyres and cables have been damaged on agricultural vehicles and equipment causing significant financial loss.
If anyone has any information can they please contact 101 quoting incident number 0664 of 04 August 2021
Theft of Bike – Dumfries
Between 2330 hours on 13/07/2021 and 1000 hours on 14/07/2021 a Carrera Mountain bike, Metallic Dark Grey in Colour with purple writing on the frame was taken from within the drive of a property at Babbington Drive, Dumfries.
Police are appealing for any information regarding this.
Do you live in the area and have CCTV? Did you see or hear anything around this time?
Please call 101 and quote reference number PDG0154150721.

Vandalism - Dumfries
About midnight on Tuesday 3 August 2021 a property in Kirkland Place, Dumfries was targeted and a window broken.
Police are appealing for anyone who has any information in relation to who was responsible to contact them on 101 quoting incident 0041 of 03/08/21.

Theft - Dumfries
Police in Dumfries are keen to speak with anyone who was in the area of Kellwood Road, Dumfries on 28.07.2021 between 11.15pm and 11.45pm. Around this time a Stihl saw and laser level were stolen from a van.
Initial enquiries have identified a male acting suspiciously in that area. He is described as being tall and thin.
If you can help with any information then please call 101 quoting reference number PDG0161840721

Officers are appealing for the public’s assistance in relation to a fire at Southerness Medical Surgery, Oswald Crescent in Southerness.
Local residents discovered the fire at the disused surgery around 2230 hours on 02/08/2021 and quickly contacted local Fire brigade who attended and extinguished the fire. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.
If you saw or heard anything suspicious or have any information that may assist officers with their enquiries, please contact 101 and quote reference number 3936 of 2nd August 2021.
Vandalism and theft - Stranraer
Police at Stranraer are appealing for witnesses following the report of vandalisms and a Theft by Housebreaking at a property at Orchardview, Coronation Drive, Stranraer.
The incidents took place over the weekend of 30th July – 1st August 2021.
There has been continued acts of crime targeting this property .
Anyone with any information is encouraged to speak with Police either through 101 quoting incident number 0788 of the 1st August 2021 or anonymously through Crimestoppers
Fireraising / Theft - Dumfries
Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident that occurred between 1800 hours on 01/08/2021 and 0500 hours on 02/08/2021 at the entrance to Clarinda Drive Dumfries.
A number of tools were removed from a vehicle and then the vehicle was set on fire.
Anyone who observed anyone in the area in possession of a tool box or car jack or who may have any knowledge of this incident is asked to call Police on 101 quoting incident 0505 of 02 August 2021.

Reckless Conduct incident – Amisfield
Police are looking for assistance from members of the public who may have witnessed a reckless conduct incident which occurred about 2315 hours on 17th July 2021 possibly near to Amisfield Primary School.
Circumstances are a laser pen was shone at a Search and Rescue helicopter which was flying over Amisfield at the time. Fortunately on this occasion the pilot of the air craft was not affected by this reckless act.
Police request that anyone who may have information or who may have been in the area at the time please call 101 quoting crime reference number PDG0152620721 and ask to speak to PC Lyons.
Police in Dumfries are seeking witnesses following a report that a red Mazda motor vehicle was damaged whilst parked outside a house on Knowehead Road, Locharbriggs, Dumfries.
The damage was caused to the vehicle between 1800 hours on Tuesday 6th July and 0900 hours Wednesday 7th July 2021. Anyone with information about this incident is requested to contact PC Flint at Loreburn Street Police Station in Dumfries quoting reference number PDG0142560721.

ficers in Dumfries recovered thousands of pounds worth of drugs from a vehicle on the M74
Around 3.30pm on Wednesday 7 July, a car was stopped near J16, Johnstonebridge and herbal cannabis worth around £130,000 was discovered.
A 52-year-old woman and two men, aged 38 and 18, were arrested in connection with this incident.
Detective Inspector Dean Little from Dumfries CID said: “This is a significant amount of illegal drugs that have been removed from circulation and can no longer cause harm.
“If you have any information or concerns about drug misuse or wider criminality in your area, do not hesitate to contact us on 101 or report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Theft - Dindinnie - Stranraer
Police at Stranraer are appealing for witnesses following the report of a theft of about 50 pieces of 10 foot and 50 pieces of 6 foot fence posts with wires from a quarry near the Dindinnie Reservoir.
The theft has taken place between the 22/06/2021 and the 23/06/2021.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Police either through 101, in attendance at any Police Station or contact Crime stoppers anonymously quoting reference 0668 of 25/06/2021 or crime number PDG0133060621

Police Scotland is appealing for information following a road traffic collision in Ewes.
Around 11.25am, on Saturday, 19 June, 2021 a group of eight cyclists were travelling south bound on the A7, Edinburgh to Carlisle road, near to Brier Hill, Ewes, when two of the cyclists were struck by a silver coloured Ford Ranger vehicle towing a trailer. The male cyclists, aged 44 and 53, came off their bikes and suffered injuries. They were treated at the scene.
The Ford Ranger did not stop and officers are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them. It’s possible the driver of the Ford Ranger has not realised they struck the cyclists, however, officers need to speak to the driver.
Officers are appealing to members of the public, who have not come forward to police already, who may have seen, or have dash cam footage, of the collision that morning. In particular, officers are keen to trace the driver of a white coloured car travelling north on this road. If you have any information regarding this collision please contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 1772 of Saturday, 19 June, 2021.
Police at Stranraer are appealing for witnesses following the report of a Housebreaking within, Park Lane, Stranraer.
The incident has occurred between the 0000 hours on the 23/06/2021 and 1900 hours on the 27/06/2021 whereby a property has been accessed by way of force before a number of items have been taken from within.
Anyone with any information is encourage to contact Police either through 101, in attendance at any Police Station or contact Crime stoppers anonymously quoting the crime number PDG0134160621.

Police in Dumfries have received a report of two males who attended at a store in town a short time ago attempting to exchange money twenty notes into another denomination. This is often a scam whereby the perpetrator skims a number of notes off whilst the cashier is distracted.
The males are described as being in their twenties both wearin black tshirts. One of the males has a white face mask and straggly hair. Both spoke with a foreign accent.
We always advise shop keepers to never exchange money.

Police Scotland would like to remind people in the Stewartry of the dangers associated with people who cold call at properties looking to carry out work.
This latest warning comes after a local person allowed a male to carry out work on her driveway after he presented documentation claiming he could lay patios and driveways.
The male left the driveway unfinished and the small amount of work he did carry out was done to a very poor standard as he walked away with £3000.00
This was a distressing incident for the person and Police Scotland would urge people to be vigilant if an unknown caller attends at your property claiming they are looking for work – Please ensure you check their identities first and if you have any concerns whatsoever about their intentions, please call a family member, a trusted friend, neighbour or Police Scotland.


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