We are however in the meantime listing below various Constabulary media releases and reports on crime matters from other source
Thieves have been active over the past week in Kircudbright. Three outboard engines, worth thousands of pounds have been stolen. Two were stolen from the boatyard in Castledykes Road sometime Sunday/Monday, and one from a boat in the garden of a house which overlooks the boatyard, was stolen between Thursday and Saturday. Theses engines are not light and would have needed a vehicle at some stage. Were you about the area of the boatyard over the weekend? Did you see anything suspicious, or even just out of place? Call us on the 101 number if you can think of anything which might help
BROOMS ROAD ALTERCATION - UPDATE
Three people, two 37 year old men and a 39 year old woman have been arrested in connection with the altercation in Brooms Road in Dumfries last Wednesday. A report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal. (see second item below)
SUNS OUT - BOGUS CALLERS ARE OUT
Calls today about three men in a plain white, 15 plate Ford Transit going door to door offering various types of garden/driveway work. Do not entertain these people! They often carry out poor quality work or take your money never to be seen again.
If you see them going door to door in your street give us a call on 101. As the better weather comes it's likely we will see more of these bogus callers. Remember Dumfries and Galloway Council have a trusted trader scheme - If you need work done speak to them.
Remember, share and highlight our message with elderly relatives or neighbours as bogus callers often target the more vulnerable!
We are still seeking witnesses to what appears to be two serious assaults following an altercation in Brooms Road, Dumfries in the early hours of this morning which left two 37 year old local men with a number of serious injuries. Sometime around 1.10am the men were on Brooms Road, near to the driving test centre when the altercation occurred.
Detective Inspector Dean Little at Dumfries said "at this stage we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident. We are however seeking the help of anyone who may have witnessed what actually happened with these two men. Both men ended up at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, and one of the men has since been transferred to Glasgow for further treatment to an injury. We are also reviewing CCTV footage in the area, however would be keen to hear from anyone who can help us in this investigation. In particular we are aware that one of the men was given a lift to hospital by a male in a car in a 'Good Samaritan' type gesture, and we would like to hear from this man if he would come forward.
I would also like to reassure the public that this does not appear to be a random attack on these two men and as such there is no danger to the local community. Both men have what are described at this stage as serious injuries and are currently being treated in hospital. Anyone who can assist should call police at Dumfries on the 101 number, quoting the reference 0156/18. Anyone who wishes to pass information and remain anonymous can call the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111."
A number of reports have come in regarding fake £20 notes circulating in the Stranraer area over the past few days. The notes are RBS £20 notes and of poor quality. They all have the same serial number - 633325. A number of them have been passed through local businesses. Please take care and if in doubt, call us on 101.
WHO OWNS THIS DOG? CAN YOU HELP?
We are keen to trace the owner of a large Doberman dog that was involved in an incident on Sunday 15th April 2018.
Around 12:15pm, a man and his two sons, aged 4 and 8 had stopped on their bike ride along the shore near to Newbie, Annan.
At this time they were approached by a man, described as being in his late 50's with a Doberman dog. The dog has allegedly jumped on the 8-year-old child and chased the 4-year-old causing him to fall over.
The man and dog then left the area. Neither child has been seriously hurt but both were left upset by the incident. Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident. Alternatively, the owner of the dog should contact Police at Annan.
CAR PARTS STOLEN - VW GARAGE - DUMFRIES
Police in Dumfries are investigating after car parts were stolen from vehicles parked at Lookers VW Garage on Annan Road in the town.
Around 11pm on Friday 13th April 2018, those responsible have stolen four wheels from a White VW Golf, four wheels from a grey VW Golf and the front grill and lights from a VW Golf GTI.
Constable Christopher Reid, based in Dumfries said "The wheels stolen are all upgraded wheels worth over £9,000 and it will cost over £3,500 to replace the grill and headlights of the GTI.
Anyone that can help should contact Police on 101
I am keen to speak to the occupants of a black VW Golf GTD seen in the area around that time. If anyone happened to be driving past the garage between 11pm and midnight on the 13th I would ask them to check their dashcams to see if they may have captured any details of the black Golf.
14 YEAR OLD GIRL ATTACKED - DUMFRIES
Police in Dumfries are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old girl was assaulted in Buccleuch Street / Park Lane area of the town around 9:50pm on Thursday 12th April 2018.
Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw 3 or 4 youths, aged between 14 and 17 standing in Park Lane or on the Greensands around this time.
Constable Jordon Jamieson based in Dumfries said "Park lane is located at the top of the Whitesands, next to Buccleuch Street and it's likely members of the public may have witnessed some or all of the attack as they waited in traffic or walked along the Greensands.
We will be reviewing CCTV however, I would be keen to hear from anyone that saw any youths in that area around 9:50pm or anyone who feels they may be able to assist the police investigation.
Thankfully, on this occasion, the victim of the assault was taken to DGRI and found to have suffered only minor injuries as a result of the assault.
CAN YOU HELP?
White Renault Clio broken into while parked in the car park next to Farmfoods on Glasgow Road in Dumfries.
The theft occurred between 1pm - 2pm on Wednesday 11th April 2018. Any information should be passed to Police Scotland on the 101 number.
Appeal for Information to Trace Man – Annan
Police at Annan are appealing for information to trace a man who was walking on the B723, Annan to Lockerbie Road in the early hours of Thursday 12 April 2018.
The man is described as white, late 30’s, tall with a bald head. He was wearing a dark baggy jumper, workman-like jeans and boots and had blood on one side of his face.
A concerned member of the public contacted police as he thought the man may require medical attention and police carried out an extensive search of the area however were unsuccessful in tracing the man.
Constable Natalie Wilson at Annan Police Office said:
“We believe that the man got out of a red coloured Corsa car around 2.30 am on Thursday 12 April at the junction of the B723 and B721 and therefore would urge the driver of that vehicle to contact police immediately. “I am also keen to speak to anyone else who may have seen the man walking on the B723 or the man himself to contact police to let us know that he is safe and well. Please call Annan Police Office via telephone number 101 quoting incident number 0357 of 12 April 2018.”
We are warning the public of a new phone scam that has been reported across the UK, including in Dumfries and Galloway.
A member of the public, from the Thornhill area, received a call on his mobile from his wife's mobile number, on answering the call a male with a foreign sounding accent has introduced himself as a Doctor stating that his wife had been in a car accident and required emergency surgery. However, the procedure she required was not covered under NHS budgets and he requested bank details to release the required funds.
His wife received a similar call, again appearing to come from her husband's mobile phone number stating money was required urgently for medical care.Thankfully, neither victim has fallen for the scam however we have reports of this scam being repeated across the UK.
The perpetrators appear to be using sophisticated methods to link two mobile numbers together, in order to achieve the necessary impact, to fulfil their scam.
This incident has been distressing for the parties involved, but luckily no bank details were given out. Please make friends and relatives aware of this incident, especially the more vulnerable.
A white Avondale Land Ranger 6400 Single Axle caravan has been stolen from a storage unit just off the A75, approx 1 mile west of Bridge of Dee.
Anyone with information about the theft should contact Castle Douglas Police Station on 101
The theft occurred sometime between 25th January and 29th March 2018.
ATTEMPTED ROBBERY - DUMFRIES
Police are appealing for information after an attempted robbery took place in Dumfries on Saturday 7 April 2018.
Around 9:50 PM, the victim, a 61 year old man was walking along Queen Street, Dumfries, where the incident is reported to have taken place.
Detective Constable Grant Drennan said: “The victim was returning to his car having just left the Theatre Royal in Shakespeare Street, when he was grabbed and an attempt made to rob money from him. Although uninjured, the man was left distressed by the incident.
The suspect is described as, late 20's, approximately 6ft tall, thin build with dark hair. He was wearing dark jeans or tracksuit bottoms and a dark top.
Queen Street is residential street and it’s possible someone may have seen the suspect or heard something which may have caused them to look out of their window and see the suspect. Officers are checking CCTV in the area to identify the person responsible.”
“If you have any information that will assist officers with their investigation, then please contact Dumfries Police Station via 101 quoting reference number PS-20180408-2438. Alternatively, details can be given in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
PUBLIC TOILETS - GATEHOUSE OF FLEET
Police in Gatehouse of Fleet are appealing to the community to help identify those responsible for an act of vandalism to the public toilets in the town.
It seems very sad that anyone would carry out such a wanton and dangerous act of vandalism. If you used the toilets on Saturday 7th or can assist police with the investigation then please contact Police on 101
Constable Courtney Richards said "between 6:30am on Saturday 7th and 6:30am on Sunday 8th April 2018, the toilet block has been damaged and a fire started within. Although the fire has burnt itself out, extensive smoke damage has been caused to the toilet block and they have had to be closed.
THEFT BY HOUSEBREAKING - MOFFAT
Police Scotland, V Division CID is appealing for information after the CO-OP, Moffat was broken into on Friday 6 April 2018.
Around 10.50 pm on 06 April 2018 it is suspected two men have forced entry to the Co-op on Holme Street through the front window and stole a number of cigarettes.
Both suspects faces were hidden and have made off from the premise in an unknown vehicle.
Detective Sergeant Nadine Scott, V Division CID, said:
“We are looking to trace the two men responsible for this incident, with officers making enquiry at Moffat. I am appealing to anybody who was in the area before or at the time of the break-in and may have seen these two men or anything else suspicious.
“If you have any information we would urge you to come forward and contact us.”
Anyone with information should contact Dumfries CID via 101, quoting incident number 4472 of Friday 6 April 2018. Alternatively you can contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.
THEFT OF FERRETS - GRETNA
Police officers in Gretna are investigating the theft of two ferrets from the rear garden of a house in Westgill Road in the town.
Constable James Bell said "We are keen to trace the occupants of a white Vauxhall Combi Van (07 plate) after it was seen near to the house at the time of the theft. The animals are worth around £15 each and anyone with information in relation to this theft should contact Police Scotland on the 101 number
The animals, both females and around one year old (one is brown polcat and the other is white albino), are believed to have been stolen around 11:30am on Thursday 5th April 2018.
RED KITE DEATH - POLICE INVESTIGATING
Specialist Wildlife Crime Officer Constable Alan Steel from Police Scotland is appealing for information following the discovery of a dead red kite in the Durham Hill Lane area, Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas, on Saturday 20 January 2018 by a member of the public. A subsequent post-mortem examination of the bird now indicates that it had been poisoned and enquiries are currently underway in relation to the circumstances surrounding the death of the bird.
Constable Steel said “due to the inherent scavenging nature of red kites, they are particularly vulnerable to the illegal use of poisonous bait. We are working closely with partner agencies including the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Red kites are legally protected and Police Scotland takes wildlife crime very seriously and will work with partners to ensure that those responsible are pursued with a view to bringing them to justice.
“I am appealing to anyone who may have any information which might assist us in this investigation to call me on the 101 number, quoting reference number PDG 0014800118. I would also like to stress that in a case like this, any piece of information, no matter how small or how insignificant it might seem, can be an important piece to the whole picture of the investigation.”
Ian Thomson, RSPB Scotland's Head of Investigations said: "Numbers of detected cases of illegal poisoning of our birds of prey have, thankfully, been very low in recent years, so this case is of serious concern. The Galloway Red Kite trail, just a few miles from where this bird was killed, is a popular tourist attraction and of great benefit to the local economy. The indiscriminate use of illegal poisons doesn't just affect wildlife but is a significant risk to pets and people as well, and we join with the police in asking that anyone who can provide information about this incident comes forward."
UNUSUAL THEFT - NEWTON STEWART
Overnight, Thursday 30th into Friday 31st March 2018, someone has stolen a coat and scarf from the veranda of a house in Drew Avenue, Newton Stewart.
In place of the clothing, two plastic bags containing, a black walking stick, pair of trainers, kettlebell and green tartan dog lead were left at the scene.
Constable David Broadfoot based at Newton Stewart said "This is very unusual and we are keen to find out why the items have been left in place of the jacket and scarf.
The jacket is described as mid-thigh length with hood, mainly dark green in colour with brown stripes (camouflage pattern). The scarf is predominantly red with a Loch Carron badge stitched on it.
Anyone with any information should contact Police at Newton Stewart via the 101 number.
STOLEN QUAD BIKE - CREETOWN
Police Scotland is appealing for the help of the local community in the Creetown area as we investigate the theft of a red coloured Honda quad bike. The quad was stolen from farmland about a mile north of Creetown sometime overnight Monday 2/Tuesday 3 April 2018.
The quad is a 250 cc and is valued at around £3000.
Constable Scott Kelly said "we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the Creetown area on Monday or Tuesday. It might be that those responsible have been going about the area looking for the opportunity to steal and we are hopeful that they might have been seen in the area. Callers can contact police at Newton Stewart on the 101 number
WITNESSES SOUGHT - DANGEROUS DRIVER LOCKERBIE
Officers from Lockerbie are keen to speak to anyone who can identify the rider of a motorcycle seen being driven dangerously around the town on the 3rd April 2018.
A male rider of a Green and Black Scrambler type motorcycle was reported riding dangerously around Well Road, Dryfesdale Court, Townhead Street about 1000hrs today.
The rider was not wearing a helmet and was described as being late teens, early 20s, short dark hair, unshaven and wearing a blue top.
Did you see this bike or provide any information as to the identity of the rider? if you have any information please call Police Scotland on 101
POLICE INCIDENT - TERREGLES
Around 1200 hrs on Friday 30 March 2018, police received a report of a man being unconscious at a farm cottage near the Old Glen, Terregles, Dumfries.
Emergency services attended and discovered the body of a man within. His death is currently being treated as unexplained. In addition, they came across a chemical spillage on the floor of the cottage.
Enquiries are underway to establish the nature of the substance and an exclusion zone of 100 metres has been put in place as a precaution.
A number of roads have been closed off between Terregles Village and the Old Glen Road to allow emergency vehicles access to the location.
Police request that people currently avoid the area.
STOLEN PUPPIES - PORTPATRICK
Police Scotland officers at Stranraer are investigating the theft of two puppies from addresses near Portpatrick.
The first puppy, which is described as black coloured Shih Tzu Cockapoo, was stolen overnight Monday (26th) into Tuesday (27th), from the old Lagganmore Golf Clubhouse near Portpatrick.
In a second theft, a lemon and white coloured Shih Tzu Cockapoo puppy was stolen from a nearby property between 11am and 11:15am on Wednesday 28th March 2018.
Constable Matthew Pool, based at Stranraer said "This is an unusual crime and for two puppies to be stolen in such a short space of time will clearly be worrying for dog lovers across Wigtownshire. Both puppies are microchipped so will be easily identifiable and I would ask anyone with information in relation to either of these thefts to contact Police Scotland on 101."
NUMEROUS STOLEN CARS - UPDATE
Police Scotland can confirm a 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the theft of four cars from Dumfries, Heathhall and Parkgate areas yesterday.
A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
FURTHER INFORMATION - VEHICLE THEFTS DUMFRIES /PARKGATE
We are now keen to hear from anyone that saw a red, 55 plate, Fiat Panda being driven between Parkgate and Moffat in the early hours of this morning. The Fiat Panda was stolen from the village and later found crashed on the outskirts of Moffat.
We believe this may linked to the earlier theft of three vehicles in the Dumfries area. Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on the 101 number.
STOLEN CARS - DUMFRIES
Overnight we have had reports of several cars having been stolen in the Dumfries area and we are appealing for witnesses.
Two cars were stolen from Waverly Road in Dumfries between 9pm yesterday (26th) and 1am this morning (27th). One of the vehicles was a 65 plate, white Vauxhall Corsa and the second was a Silver Sabb 93.
The Corsa has been found by Police and the Sabb was found crashed in a field on Tinwald Downs Road, Heathhall.
In the third theft, an orange coloured, 08 plate, Ford Mondeo was stolen from Wellington Avenue in Heathhall and later found crashed on the A701 near to Parkgate.
Anyone who saw any of these vehicles moving during the late evening last night or early hours of this morning is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101
Heating fuel thefts are cropping up again. The latest is the theft of 1000 litres, nealy £500 worth, from a house at Shotts, near Closeburn. It happened sometime between Wednesday and Friday. Have you had any dodgy callers? or seen any suspicious vehicles in your area? Call us if you see anything suspicious - at the time - and give us the chance to check it out. Together we can crack crime.
HIT & RUN - WALL DAMAGED
A wall has been badly damaged in a hit and run crash which happened in Langlands Court in Ecclefechan. Sometime between 8.30am and 5.30pm yesterday (Wednesday) the garden wall appears to have been struck by what appears to have been a large vehicle. A lorry was seen in the area around 5pm. Constable Bob Dickson is looking for witnesses and says "the wall could cost thousands of pounds to repair. Anyone with any information should call me at Lockerbie on the 101 number."
ITEMS STOLEN FROM CAR - CASTLE DOUGLAS
Between 8am and 8:10am yesterday morning (Tuesday), a dash cam, sat nav and a blue leather handbag were stolen from a car in Queens Court, Castle Douglas.
The driver had started her car and left it running while she popped back in her house to allow the windows to defrost.During this time someone has stolen the items.
Constable Anna Clark based at Castle Douglas said "This theft has taken place over a very small period of time. Anyone who saw anything unusual in Queens Court should contact Police on the 101 number.
I would also like to remind motorists not to leave their cars unattended with the engine running. If your car was stolen while the keys are left in it and the engine is running you could be refused a payout by your insurance company".
ROBBER JAILED - DUMFRIES
You may recall we closed Balmoral Road in Dumfries in December last year following reports of a robbery. Following our investigation, a man was charged and put before the courts.
Leigh Shields, aged 34 has now admitted forcing open the door of a property, punching a woman, pressing a penknife against her neck and robbing her of £350 and a mobile phone.
He also admitted breaking into Wigtown pharmacy on Christmas Day and stealing items, and breaking into a pharmacy in Dumfries with intent to steal on Boxing day.
He was jailed for two years and two months at Dumfries Sheriff Court.
ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN AT LOCKERBIE CHEMIST
Officers in Lockerbie are investigating two attempted break-ins to chemist shops in the town. Sometime late on Monday evening 19 March, or in the early hours of Tuesday morning 20 March 2018, the premises at Well Pharmacy and Dalston Pharmacy in the High Street were the subject of attempts to break into them. Whilst no entry was gained, the damage was caused to the fabric of both premises
Detective Sergeant Paul Steele said "we are carrying out door to door enquiries and reviewing CCTV footage in the town. At this stage, we want to trace two males, in their early 20s, both slim build and wearing hooded tops. These two were seen around the town centre area around 1220am and may be able to help us with our enquiries. I would urge anyone who may have been in or around the town centre in Lockerbie either late Monday evening or early Tuesday morning to get in touch with us if they saw or heard anything suspicious. Callers can reach us on the 101 number at Lockerbie
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY - STEWARTRY / DUMFRIES / ANNAN
We have had several reports of a group of males attending at various stores across the region both yesterday and again today attempting to buy high-value electrical items and wanting to pay for the goods with £50 notes.
We are investigating if there is anything criminal in this, however, we certainly think it is suspicious and would ask shops to be on the lookout and extra suspicious of anyone looking to buy high-value items with £50 notes.
INCIDENT ON A76 NEAR MCDONALD'S
Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses following an incident that took place on the A76 near to McDonald’s restaurant around 3 pm on Sunday 18 March 2018.
A Skoda Fabia car was travelling northbound along the A76 when it stopped in the middle of the road. A man, who had been a passenger in the car, then got out and allegedly began to kick the side of the vehicle. He then proceeded to stand in the middle of the road blocking the car whilst shouting at the female driver.
Police Constable John Donnelly, Dumfries Police Office, said: "Causing a disturbance in the middle of a busy road like this is incredibly dangerous and therefore it is vital that we get to the bottom of what happened.
The area would have been busy at this time and we would be keen for anyone who saw this incident to come forward and contact us. Anyone with information should contact Dumfries Police Office via 101, quoting incident number PDG0055910318. Alternatively, you can contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously
MEAT STOLEN FROM CASTLE DOUGLAS HOTEL
During the early hours of Friday 16th March 2018, a large quantity of frozen meat was stolen from a hotel in King Street, Castle Douglas.
Police are keen to trace two males seen in the Cotton Street area around the time of the theft. Male one is described as a tall, gaunt/thin male with a distinctive walk. The second male appears to be shorter in height and carrying large bags.
Anyone with information about this theft should contact Police Scotland via the 101 number
We are carrying out enquiries into the theft of a digger from a site at Johnstonebridge. Sometime overnight Tuesday/ Wednesday a Volvo ECR250 digger was stolen from a secure compound at Annandale Water Services, Johnstonebridge. The secure fence had been breached and the digger appears to have been removed from the area by the use of another vehicle. The value of the digger is in the region of £25,000
Constable David Noble said "this appears to have been a targeted theft as those who carried out clearly came prepared to take the machine away on some kind of low loader lorry of sorts. The site sits next to the coach parking area at Annandale water Services. We are reviewing CCTV as part of the enquiry, and would ask anyone who may have been in the area overnight Tuesday/Wednesday to get in touch with us at Lockerbie if they saw anything which might help in this enquiry. Callers can reach us on the 101 number
We would like to trace the driver of a small, white coloured vehicle which was seen driving off after colliding with a fence in the garden of a house in Kinnell Street in Thornhill yesterday (Tuesday). The crash happened at about 8.50am and the fence was knocked flat in the collision. Anyone who can help should call us on the 101 number
Sometime overnight Monday/Tuesday a hole has been cut in the fence at the Jocks Loaning Recycling Centre in Dumfries. Were you around the area and did you see anything? Call us on 101 if you have any information which might help us catch those involved,
We are investigating a break-in to a house in Dalbeattie in which an antique naval chest was stolen. Sometime between Saturday 3 and Saturday 10 March a large house on Barrhill Road in Dalbeattie was broken into. An antique Georgian naval chest with a value of around £1000 has been stolen in the raid. The chest is a family heirloom and has been the only item stolen. The chest is described as being in the form of a writing desk with drawers down either side.
Constable Lee-Ann Hawker said "we are carrying out door to door enquiries in the area and are looking for the assistance of the public. The house sits in it's own grounds however is overlooked at the rear. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been on the Barrhill Road over the past week and who might have heard or seen anything suspicious. We would be keen to hear about any suspicious vehicle movements on that road over that period. Anyone who wants to pass any information to us about this matter should call us at Castle Douglas on the 101 number
LARGE SCALE DISTURBANCE – QUEEN STREET, NEWTON STEWART
Police Scotland is appealing for information following a large scale disturbance in Newton Stewart on Saturday 10 March 2018.
Around 11.35pm received a report of people fighting outside the Black Horse Hotel in Queen Street.
Emergency services attended and a 29 year old man was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with an ear injury and later released.
A 48 year old man was also taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary for treatment to facial injuries. Medical staff describe his condition as stable.
A 38 year old man has been arrested in connection with an alleged serious assault.
A 46 year old woman was also arrested in connection with an alleged breach of the peace and will be the subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal.
Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.
Detective Sergeant Andy McDowall from Dumfries and Galloway CID said: “We understand at the height of the disturbance there could have been as many as 30 to 40 people involved and it is important that any witnesses come forward and speak to police. “Two men were found with serious injuries and it is likely that other people would have been hurt during this violent incident. “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the disturbance, or even attempted to help break it up, to please get in touch to help us establish the full circumstances and identify those at fault.
“Anyone with information can contact Dumfries and Galloway CID via 101, quoting incident number 4563 of Saturday 10 March 2018. Alternatively you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.”
Police are appealing for anyone passing this location between 6pm and 7pm on Friday evening if they have dashcam footage to get in touch via 101. This may just help us to identify the vehicle and assailants. Thank you.
WOMAN ROBBED WHILST PARKED ON HARD SHOULDER OF A74 – NEAR JOHNSTONEBRIDGE, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY
Police in Dumfries are continuing enquiries after a woman was robbed whilst parked on the hard shoulder of a motorway near to Johnstonebridge on Friday 9 March 2018.
Between 6.30 pm and 7 pm on Friday 9 March, the 32-year-old woman was driving a white coloured Volkswagen car south between junctions 16 and 17 on the A74 when she noticed she had a flat tyre. She pulled over to the hard shoulder approximately 3-4 miles south of Johnstonebridge and got out of the car to phone for assistance from the SOS telephone box before returning to her car.
At this time a small silver car stopped and three people got out of the car and offered assistance. The 32-year-old woman got out of her car to speak to them when one of the men pushed her back into her car, grabbed her by the neck and demanded money. The man then stole a three figure sum of cash from her purse along with her mobile phone before getting back into the silver car and driving off with the other two people in a southerly direction along the motorway.
The victim then returned to the SOS telephone box to report the robbery.
The suspect who grabbed and pushed her back into her car is described as white, tall with a muscular build and had short brown hair. There is no information to describe the other two suspects.
Detective Sergeant Andy McDowall at Dumfries CID said:
“This was a very traumatic experience for a young woman to endure and it is vital that we trace the despicable individuals responsible.
“I appeal to any drivers who were travelling on the A74 around junctions 16 and 17 and may have witnessed this incident or anyone who saw the small silver car in the vicinity around 7pm last night to contact police immediately via telephone number 101 quoting incident number 3610 of 9 March 2018.”
Alternatively calls can be made via CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.
APPEAL FOR INFORMATION – LOCKERBIE
Police are appealing for information after a man was allegedly seen in possession of bladed weapon in Alexandra Drive, Lockerbie, around 12.30 pm on Friday 9 March 2018.
The man is described at the time as white, slim build, tall but under 6 ft in height, with short dark hair, (no age) and wearing a jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms.
No one was injured during this incident.
Inspector Stephen Bell, local area inspector, said:
“Alexandra Drive is a busy street and I am sure there would have been plenty people about around who may have seen the youth in the area.
“If you have any information that will assist police with their enquiries then contact Lockerbie Police Station via 101. Please quote incident number 1424/09/03/18 when calling.
"Alternatively, information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
WAR MEMORIAL VANDALISM - UPDATE
Officers in Sanquhar have identified two 12 year old boys as being responsible for vandalising the war memorial in Sanquhar. Both will be formally reported for the offence.
Chief Inspector Stiff said, "We understand that the crime is a very emotive one amongst the community in Sanquhar and further afield and it is the ongoing work by local officers to engage effectively with young people in Sanquhar that led directly to this crime being detected very quickly. My thanks go to the local officers and the community who worked together to resolve this."
DOG ATTACKED IN STRANRAER - WITNESS APPEAL
Police officers based at Stranraer want the help of the public to trace the owner of Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog that attacked a Greyhound in Stranraer.
Callers can get in touch via the usual 101 number
Around 9:20 PM on Thursday 8th March 2018, the owner of the greyhound was walking her dog near to Foundry Lane in Stranraer when it was attacked by a light brown and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog.
Constable Hayley Buchanan based at Stranraer said "Unfortunately as a result of this incident and the injuries caused to the greyhound, the dog had to be put down by a vet. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen this incident or may know who owns the Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog. The person seen with the dog is described as late 20’s, slim build, wearing a grey hat and cream top.
THEFT OF PURSE FROM RETIREMENT FLATS - DUMFRIES
Police want to trace the following described two females following the theft of a purse from the Granary retirement flats in Glebe Street in Dumfries.
Constable Sandy Currie at Dumfries said "this was a disgusting distraction type theft on an elderly victim in her own home. The two we want to trace in relation to this matter are described as follows, (1) female, early 20s, either Asian/Mediterranean appearance, about 5'5" tall, dark hair and was described as hard faced. She was wearing a dark brown jacket which had a hood, and she spoke in broken English. (2) female, only described as similar Asian/Mediterranean appearance and slightly older than the first one. We want to hear from anyone who may have been about the Glebe Street area yesterday and saw anything suspicious or can help identify these two females. Anyone with any information should call us at Dumfries on the 101 number
Sometime around 3.05pm on Wednesday 7 March 2018 the two females appear to have gained entry to the building, and then to the flat of an 85 year old woman, purporting to be there to discuss the caring arrangements for the lady. After the two left the flat, the lady noticed that her purse had been stolen, which contained cash and bank and credit cards. The lady reported the matter to staff within the building and police attended.
War memorial vandalised in Sanquhar
Officers in Sanquhar are appealing for the community to help identify those responsible for an act of vandalism at the war memorial in the town.
About 2pm on Tuesday 6th March, a report was received by police that the statue of the woman sitting on the bench at the war memorial in the town had been vandalised. On attendance, it was noted that the statue had been daubed with paint and that a number of poppies had been pulled from the ground and strewn around.
Constable Leanne Hamilton said, "It seems incredible and very sad that anyone would contemplate carrying out such a wanton act of vandalism.
"The community will be rightly outraged by this act and I would ask that anyone who has any information about who carried out this act call us at Sanquhar on the 101 number
About 8.48pm on Monday 5 March 2018 emergency services were contacted after a 17 year old male was found unconscious at an address in Moffat. The male was removed to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where he was later pronounced dead. Enquiries into the death, which is being treated as suspicious are at an early stage. Police Officers are currently at the scene in Moffat High Street and a full investigation is underway.
Local Policing Commander Chief Inspector Stephen Stiff said “at this stage we are dealing with the tragic death of a 17 year old man in Moffat. Officers are currently carrying out enquiries in the town, including door to door enquiries. I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the local community in Moffat that there is no danger to the public as a consequence of this incident. Officers will be in and around the Moffat area carrying out related enquiries and patrols are ongoing in support of the local community at this time. Anyone who has any concerns can speak to any of the officers who are out and about in Moffat at this time.”
Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to call police at Dumfries on the 101 number quoting incident number PDG 0046370318. Anyone wishing to pass information whilst remaining anonymous is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
ASSAULT AND THEFT - DUMFRIES - GOOD DESCRIPTION OF SUSPECT
Officers in Dumfries are seeking help in tracing a man in relation to an unprovoked assault on a 19 year old man in Dumfries town centre in the early hours of Sunday 4 March 2018.
About 12:05 am on Sunday morning, the 19 year old man was walking in High Street in the town, near to the Santander Bank, accompanied by his 23 year old girlfriend, when he was approached by a man who began assaulting him. The victim was knocked to the ground and suffered bruising following a number of punches being thrown. The victim's girlfriend attempted to separate the two and in doing so dropped her mobile phone, which was then picked up by the assailant, who made off from the scene with it.
Constable Fiona Sword said "this appears to have been an unprovoked attack by this man, who then made off with a mobile phone when the opportunity arose. The man we want to trace is described as being in his early 20s, about 5'10" tall, short shaven hair and some facial hair and was wearing a black Polo Ralph Lauren puffa jacket. dark jeans and dark trainers. The victim was not seriously injured but was left shocked at the incident. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who can help identify the man is asked to call us at Dumfries on the 101 number,
THEFT - NEWTON STEWART
Officers are carrying out enquiries into the theft of a digger bucket and a fuel bowser from the Visitor Centre at Kirroughtree, Newton Stewart. Sometime between Friday 16 and Tuesday 20 February 2018 a digger bucket valued at about £500, and a green coloured fuel bowser, which was empty, but still valued at around £700 were stolen. Clearly a vehicle must have been used in this theft. The digger bucket has since been recovered on the roadway next the roundabout at Newton Stewart.
Constable Callum Jardine at Newton Stewart said "we are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area around the Kirroughtree Visitor Centre over this period to get in touch if they saw or heard anything suspicious. The digger bucket appears to have fallen off a vehicle and was found at a roundabout in Newton Stewart. The area around Kirroughtree is busy with walkers and cyclists and we ask that anyone who can help gets in touch with us at Newton Stewart on the 101 number, quoting the reference PDG 0036940218.
We also want to hear from anyone who may have seen a white coloured Land Rover in the area over this period. The two occupants are described as (1) male, in his 30s, medium build with blonde hair, and (2) male, in his 30s medium build with dark hair. The Land Rover was seen in the area near to where the plant was stolen from.
We want the help of the community to trace someone who attempted to steal a handbag from a woman in Annan on Friday. Just after 11am the 49 year old woman from the town was walking through the alley which leads from Shawhill Road through to Kimmeter Square when she was approached by a person who attempted to pull her bag from her. The attempt failed and the person made off. The incident happened so quickly the woman was not able to get any description at all of the would be thief.
Constable Jim Bell at Annan said "we would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the area of Shawhill Road/Kimmeter Square/Turnberry Crescent on Friday morning if they saw or heard anything suspicious. We are also keen to hear from anyone who may have had a similar experience and perhaps not reported the matter to the police. We can be contacted at Annan through the 101 number
THEFT OF CAR - LOCKERBIE
Officers in Lockerbie are investigating the theft of a car from the town which was later found on fire near to Gillenbie, Balgray, on Wednesday 21 February 2018.
Sometime just prior to 9pm on Wednesday night a 26 year old local man was cleaning his car, a black coloured BMW 335i M Sport Auto at a garage unit in Bridge Street in Lockerbie. At that time he was alone in the garage, when the following described man entered the premises, took the car keys and then drove off in the car. The car was later found on fire near to Gillenbie, Balgray. The fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service, however was extensively damaged. The value of the car is around £15,000. The man who took the car is only described as wearing a dark coloured hooded type top with a dark coloured scarf or balaclava over his face. He spoke with what is described as a local Scottish accent.
Likewise, we want to hear from anyone who may have used the Corrie Road out of Lockerbie on Wednesday night, between 9pm and 10pm. The car was found on fire around 9.35 pm near to Gillenbie, which is just off the Corrie Road, heading towards Sibbaldbie. We are particularly interested in hearing about anyone walking, or any vehicles seen on this road around this time. Callers who have any information can contact police at Lockerbie on the 101 number
Detective Constable Jim Murray said "this is an unusual type of crime for our area and we are asking the public for their help to catch those responsible. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in or around the Bridge Street area in Lockerbie on Wednesday evening, around 9pm, either before or after.
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.