We are however in the meantime listing below various Constabulary media releases and reports on crime matters from other sources
Serious incident - Glenluce
A 25 year old man is in custody following an incident at a house in Main Street, Glenluce last night (Tuesday). A 25 year old female has been taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow with what are described as numerous serious injuries following this incident. Inspector Stewart McColm at Stranraer said "this was quite a contained incident and as such there was no risk to the wider public in the community. Enquiries are ongoing in the village and officers will be on patrol to reassure the public in relation to any concerns they might have."
BREAK-IN - CREETOWN
We are appealing for witnesses following a break-in at Creetown, Newton Stewart. Sometime overnight, Saturday/Sunday a house in St John Street in Creetown was broken into. At this time it appears that a large amount of cash, believed to be in excess of £20,000, has been stolen in the break-in. Detective Sergeant Nadine Scott said "officers are currently carrying our enquiries in the Creetown area and this includes door to door enquiries. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the vicinity of St John Street either late on Saturday night, or in the early hours of Sunday. I am asking them to think if they saw, or heard anything suspicious, or have any information which might help us in this enquiry? Callers can contact Police Scotland on the 101 number, and should quote the reference number 1358 of 11/11."
Police are carrying out enquiries into a report of a suspicious male trying house doors within Castle Douglas on Friday 9th November 2018. The male is described as being slim build, wearing a black jumper, grey cap and grey jogging bottoms. If you have information please contact the enquiry officer PC Patterson (ref PDG0246431118)
CHARITY TINS STOLEN
We are asking business premises to keep an watchful eye over their charity tins after four poppy collection tins were stolen in Lochmaben today.
Those responsible are described as two men and two woman, all of Asian appearance and in their 20's. One woman is described as wearing a long black skirt and spoke with broken English. One of the men had a burgundy zipped jacket and curly hair. The other man is described as wearing a black jacket.
It is possible this group will target other towns and villages in the area. If you see them please contact Police Scotland quoting incident 1693 of today and where possible take note of any vehicle details.
Our Roads Policing and Community Officers are joining up to deliver our annual winter weather checks for drivers across the region. Officers will be in supermarket car parks to advise on winter driving and to check and advise on tyres and lights etc. Why not give them a visit if in the area and you never know, you might just learn something about the hazards of driving in winter. Venues are :-
Thursday 8 November - Tesco, Cuckoo Bridge, Dumfries - 11am to 2pm.
Monday 12 November - Tesco, Lockerbie - 11am to 2pm.
Tuesday 13 November - Tesco, Annan - 11am to 2pm.
Saturday 24 November - Morrisons, Stranraer - 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Further dates for the west and north of the region are being arranged and will be published when known. See you there.
PURSE SNATCH - ANNAN
Officers in Annan are appealing for witnesses to a theft which occurred in the town on Saturday 3 November 2018. About 6.20pm that evening a 72 year old woman was making her way home along Butts Street in the town when , as she approached the side of the Aldi store a male person has grabbed the purse she was carrying and made off.
The victim was not injured in the incident however was left in a state of shock. The purse is described as being tan in colour and contained only a small amount of cash and some bank cards. The thief made off along Butts Street and then turned into Johnstone Street.
Constable Scott Lisett at Annan said "this was a despicable theft which has left the victim in a state of shock. We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the Butts Street area to get in touch if they can help us identify this man. He is described as being about 20 years old, about 5' tall, and was wearing a large black jacket with the hood up. This man may have been hanging around the Butts Street/High Street area prior to this theft taking place. Callers can contact us on the 101 number and should quote the reference number 3543 of 3/11."
SUSPICIOUS FIRE - ANNAN
A deliberate fire extensively damaged three vehicles in Annan this weekend. The fire was discovered around 9:45 PM on Saturday evening (3 November 2018) and the three vehicles, a Fiat Sidici, a Mitsubishi L200 and a VW T4 pick-up were all extensively damaged.
Constable Victoria Urwin at Annan said "we are treating this fire as suspicious and would ask anyone who may have been in the Port Street area on Saturday evening to call us on the 101 number if they saw or heard anything suspicious, quoting the reference number 4379 of 3/11."
HALLOWEEN VANDALISM SPREE
Today our police officers are investigating a number of serious incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism that took place on Halloween night.
The worst of the incidents took place in North West Dumfries and resulted in at least 10 vehicles having windows smashed and tyres punctured. A blue Vauxhall Corsa parked in Priory Road was also rolled onto its roof.
The cost of the damage will easily run into thousands of pounds. We would urge anyone who may be able to help us identify a group of 12-15 youths seen in the area to call us at Dumfries on the 101 number.
With Bonfire Night coming up our patrols will be out and about in order to tackle this unacceptable behaviour and those caught carrying out any acts of antisocial behaviour will be dealt with robustly. We would also urge the public to help us tackle this issue and to call us at the time when they come across or experience this type of behaviour in our communities.
FIREWORK SAFETY AND BONFIRE NIGHT
Fireworks are widely used for celebrations such as Bonfire Night and New Year and can provide a spectacular show. However they can be dangerous if used incorrectly.
•Don't drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks
•Keep fireworks in a closed box
•Follow the instructions carefully on each firework
•Light at arms length, and always use a taper
•Stand well back
•Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn't gone off, it could still explode
•Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
•Always supervise children around fireworks
•Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
•Never give sparklers to a child under five
•Keep pets indoors
Sometime between 12 noon and 4.45pm on Monday a grey coloured Citroen Berlingo van which was parked near to the Carrifan Nature Reserve, on the A708 road north of Moffat was broken into. Waterproof jackets and clothing worth over £700 was stolen in the raid. Constable Tony Pallent said "this was a despicable theft on the victims who were visitors to the area and we are asking the public for help. Were you on the A708 Moffat to Selkirk road on Monday afternoon and did you anything suspicious? Oevr and above the value of the property stolen, some £400 worth of damage was caused to the vehicle by the thieves as they forced entry to it. Anyone with any information is asked to call Police Scotland on the 101 number and quote the reference number 2892 of 20/10
STOLEN PROPERTY - WHO OWNS IT?
We have recovered a number of items we believe to have been stolen sometime in the last two days from Dumfries and surrounding rural areas.
The items include several sets of golf clubs.
If you have had any items stolen from your home, garden or outbuildings in the last two days and have not reported it to police - please contact us on 101 quoting incident number 0624 of 30th October.
TOOLS STOLEN FROM VANS
Officers in Lockerbie are investigating another spate of thefts from vans in the town. Overnight Thursday 25/Friday 26 October 2018 a Ford Transit tipper van parked in Leonard Crescent was broken into and an impact driver and a Stihl saw were stolen. A Peugeot Partner, parked in the same street, also had a Stihl strimmer and two hedge cutters stolen.
A Toyota Hilux pickup which was parked in Margaret Drive was also broken into, however while nothing appears to have been stolen, about £150 worth of damage was caused to the vehicle.
Constable Lisa Duff said "Once again we have been hit by a spate of tool thefts. We are carrying out door to door enquiries in the area and want to hear from anyone who may have any information about these thefts, or who is responsible for them. The value of the thefts is again into the thousands of pounds. Anyone who can help is asked to call us on the 101 number and should quote the reference number 0869 of 26/10."
WICKER HORSE HAS LEGS BROKEN
Officers in Kirkcudbright are appealing for the community to help identify those responsible for an act of vandalism at the arts installation at the towns harbour.
About 1pm on Tuesday 23 October 2018 a complaint was made to police that the wicker statue of the horse and police phone box in the town had been vandalised. Enquires so far suggest this may have occurred on the previous evening (Monday night).
Inspector Gavin McHallum said "it seems incredible and very sad that anyone would willfully damage these pieces of art. 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 of vandalism to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting the reference 1567 of 23rd October 2018"
Were you out and about on Sunday morning on the roads between Langholm, Eskdalemuir and Lockerbie (B709, B723 and B7068)? Did you see or come across a silver coloured Landrover Freelander 2 at any point? We are investigating reports of a similar vehicle driving with what appears to have been a broken front windscreen sometime after 11.30am that morning on those roads. The car was described as being very clean and may have had the letter X in the registration number. If you can help then please call us on the 101 number quoting the reference number 1826 of 21/10.
FIREWORK THROWN AT WOMEN IN DUMFRIES
Police are investigating after a lit firework was thrown at two woman in a park next to Hardthorn Road in Dumfries.
The incident happened around 8:30pm on Saturday (20th) night. Thankfully, the woman, aged 19 and 24 managed to escape without suffering any injury.
Those responsible are described as male and were on bicycles.
Constable Beattie based in Dumfries said "Throwing fireworks is clearly extremely dangerous and this incident could easily have resulted in serious injuries. As well as this incident, we also had reports of youths letting off fireworks on a bridge over the A75 the same night.
I want to remind everyone, purchasing fireworks and handing them over to anyone under the age of 18 is a serious criminal offence. It is also illegal to let fireworks off in the street or a public place. You should only let fireworks off on private land such as your garden or on land where you have the landowner’s permission."
ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR / VANDALISM'S
We have seen a number acts of anti-social behaviour and vandalism reported to us since the start of the school holidays and want to encourage people to contact us if they seen anyone damaging cars or buildings.
In one of the incidents, a group of boys were seen kicking the wing mirror off a van in Westfield Road in Dumfries around 8:30pm on Monday night.
A red VW had similar damages caused while parked in Lochside Road sometime overnight on Tuesday/Wednesday this week.
A blue BMW was also damaged while parked in Steel Avenue between 7pm on Monday and 11pm the following day.
Three windows of the Loch Ryan Sail Club were also broken and reported to Police yesterday afternoon.
Those responsible for these mindless acts of vandalism, which stretch right across the region, are being targeted as part of our joint Police Scotland / Dumfries and Galloway Council / Fire Scotland patrols.
Damage such as described above, often results in owners having to pay to have it repaired, suffer the inconvenience of having their vehicle in the garage and can been seen to give all youths a bad image. If your in a group and this type of behaviour is being encouraged, think how you would feel if it was your dads work van or family car that was being damaged.
If anyone witnesses a group of youths causing damage to property, we would encourage you to report it to the Police Scotland.
YOUTHS ARRESTED - ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR PATROLS CONTINUE
Our anti-social behaviour patrols continue to target those involved in ASB across the region. Four youths were arrested yesterday after they allegedly broke into an empty property in Gretna and started a fire within. Fire engines from Gretna and Longtown attended and thankful only a small amount of damaged caused.
Police Scotland, working together with Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, will continue carry out intelligence-led patrols and we will be proactive in tackling head on those whom we have identified as likely to cause, or get involved in anti-social behaviour.
Were you in the area of the Nisa store or the Fortune House Chinese on Calside Road in Dumfries on Sunday? Did you see anything suspicious in late afternoon or early evening? The premises of the Fortune Chinese were broken into over this period. If you can help please call us on the 101 number and quote the reference 2404 of 15/10.
We are seeking witnesses following a road traffic collision which happened around 9.45am on Saturday morning in Stranraer. At that time a 60 year old woman who was using the ATM outside WH Smith in George Street was struck by what is described as a black coloured Vauxhall Astra style car, which had mounted the pavement in order to overtake a bus. The car did not stop after this collision. The woman was not injured however as you can imagine was left in a state of shock after this incident. If you were in or around the area and can help us identify the black car and driver then please call us on 101 and quote the reference PDG0227161018. Also, anyone with any dashcam footage which might assist is also asked to contact us.
Do you recognise any of the following descriptions? We want to identify three men in relation to two separate unprovoked attacks on two other men, aged 54 and 56, who both ended up in hospital after being assaulted on Saturday night in Dumfries. The attacks took place in the Stakeford Street, near to College Street area, around 9.30pm. Both men received cuts and bruising to the head and face as a result.
The descriptions are as follows. Two of the men were in their early 20s, skinny build, about 5’10” tall, with one of them having receding blonde hair and was wearing a navy tracksuit which has an orange stripe at the collar, while the other had a grey hooded top on. The third man is described as being 23/24 years, stocky/muscular build and was dressed in black jacket, t-shirt and trousers. If you can help in this enquiry please call us at Dumfries on the 101 number and quote the reference number 4218 of 13/10.
Police Scotland report that a 40 year old man from Annan is currently in a serious but stable condition at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary following an incident at a house in Thomas Street in Annan on Sunday 14 October 2018. The man is being treated in respect a number of serious injuries. A 45 year old man from Stranraer has been arrested in connection with the matter and a report is being prepared for the Procurator Fiscal.
SERIOUS ASSAULT - 27TH SEPTEMBER - DUMFRIES
We are looking for witnesses to a serious assault that occurred in Brewery Street, in Dumfries around 8pm on Friday 28th September 2018.
The victim suffered a broken jaw in the attack and subsequently required surgery.
The attacker is described as early 20's, short dark hair, wearing a black t-shirt with 'Nike' written in white on the front. He was also wearing blue jeans and may have been wearing a black jacket.
The victim, who is in his early 50's, is described as heavy build and was wearing a red t-shirt and lightweight khaki jacket.
Detective Constable Scott Ruddick of the Dumfries CID said "I know its several weeks since this happened, however, we believe a number of people who were in the area stopped and spoke to the victim to check he was OK after the attack. I want to speak to these people. It was the same weekend the fair was in town.
We have been reviewing CCTV and are following positive lines of enquiry, however, anyone that can assist should contact Police Scotland on 101.
HOUSE BROKEN INTO - THORNHILL
We are investigating a theft by housebreaking that occurred in Thornhill sometime between 11am on Monday 8th and 7pm on Thursday 11th October. Jewellery, including 5 wrist watches, appear to have been stolen in the raid.
Constable Douglas Black based at Sanquhar said "The break-in occurred in the Queensberry Beeches area of the town while the occupants were for a few days. Enquires are still at a very early stage and we will be speaking with local residents and trying to identify any CCTV opportunities.
As the darker nights come in I would also ask the public to keep an eye out for anyone acting suspiciously in their street or at neighbouring properties, particularly if you know they are empty. If you see or hear anything suspicious, please take the time to pick up the phone and call us on 101".
Did anyone see anything suspicious in the Argyle Drive area of Heathhall on Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning? Sometime overnight a car was entered and a handbag containing cash and credit cards was stolen. If you saw or heard anything which might help us in this investigation places call us on the 101 number – quoting the number 1731 of 10/10.
DOORSTEP CRIME #whosatthedoor
Rogue traders usually cold-call, claiming to be workers offering to sell services, make repairs or carry out work on your house, garden or driveway. In reality they charge inflated prices for shoddy or unnecessary work.
We DO NOT recommend dealing with cold-callers for property maintenance and home repairs.
Officers are carrying out door to door enquiries in an investigation into a break-in which happened at the a house in The Lane, Craigs Road, Dumfries.
The break-in happened sometime overnight Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October. A Makita chop saw, some alcohol and a suitcase have been stolen in the raid.
Constable Peter Meechan said, "We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of The lane, Craigs Road, late on Friday night or early Saturday morning. Anyone can call us on the 101 number at Dumfries and should quote the reference number 1198 of 6/10."
Break-ins - Moffat
Officers in Moffat are investigating two break-ins which were reported to police on Monday 8 October 2018. In the first, a report was received that a break-in had occurred at the construction site which is situated on the site of the old Moffat Academy. The break-in happened sometime overnight Sunday 7/Monday 8 October 2018. Tools appear to have been the target with over £8000 worth stolen, including a Honda generator, a Makita cordless saw, De Walt drill sets a laser level, and a television.
In a second report, a break-in was reported at a house in Mearsdale Park in the town. This break-in happened sometime between Tuesday 25 September and Monday 8 October 2018. At this stage it is not know what has been stolen from the house.
Constable Alison Wallace said "At this stage we are unsure whether the two break-ins are linked. Tools appear to have been targeted at the Moffat Academy break-in. We would like to hear from anyone who may have any information about either of these break-ins. Callers can use to the 101 number to contact us and should quote the reference number 1621 of 8/10.
If you don’t think scams occur locally then please think again. We are investigating a scam last week in which an 82 year old man from the Dumfries area was conned out of over £38,000. Yes – thirty eight thousand pounds.
The telephone caller informed the elderly man that there had been attempts to remove large sums of money from his bank account, and that he should remove it to avoid losing the money. He was further contacted, by the caller who said he was a local police officer and arrangements were made to hand the cash over to a courier.
The caller gained the trust of the victim over the week and in total over £38,000 has been taken. Please, please, please, if you get any calls making enquiries about you account, or telling you that you have to take action on your account – STOP AND THINK – take names, contact numbers, and any other details you can get, but DO NOTHING until you have put the phone down and talked it through with a friend or relative, or if still in doubt, please call us on the 101 number and we will be able to offer advice, and if required have an officer call on you.
Please also pass this warning on to those who are not on social media – as often they are the targets for this type of crime. Look after each other and make it hard for these heartless thieves.
POLICE WARNING – PHONE SCAM - DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Officers in Dumfries and Galloway are warning members of the public to be on their guard against a telephone scam where victims are being contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from either their bank or from Police Scotland.
So far 2 people in the Newton Stewart and Stewartry area have contacted police after being duped by fraudsters into moving money from their account to another one provided to them by the scammer. On each occasion the caller claims there has been fraudulent activity on their account but that it may be a bank employee that is involved so not to go to the bank or the police about it.
The first call involved a 76 year old man who has now lost a four figure sum of money to the criminals.
The other was picked up by the bank before the victim lost out.
Enquiries are ongoing in relation to these incidents but officers are keen to make members of the public aware of these circumstances.
Constable Tom Dingwall, Castle Douglas Police Station, said:
“We are highlighting this scam so that people are aware of it. If you think you are receiving any suspicious calls, just hang up on the person. Unfortunately, those committing this type of fraud are quite innovative and use words and phrases which are likely to hook their victim. Our advice is, do not give out any personal information or bank details over the phone and always, stop, think and check with a friend, relative or neighbour before taking any action.”
Any victims of such crimes, or anyone with any concerns can contact their local police station via 101.
For further advice for keeping safe, please visit the personal safety page of our website, http://ow.ly/IwgD30m7aOe
POLICE INVESTIGATION - BLACK MERCEDES
We are keen to speak to anyone that saw a black, 64 plate, Mercedes being driven in the Middlebie area near Ecclefechan yesterday (Thursday 4th October). Did the driver stop and speak with you?
The car was sighted in Middlebie village around 9:20am and left the village heading towards Eaglesfield.
Anyone with any information they feel may help the investigation should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 0818 of 04/10/2018.
STOLEN TOOLS - WANLOCKHEAD
Once again Police Scotland is warning van owners in the region to consider what tools they leave in their vehicles after power tools were stolen from a vehicle in Wanlockhead.
The thieves are believed to have targeted a red Mitsubish L200 around 4 AM on 3rd October 2018 and stole a number of power tools and other building equipment worth around £1,500.
Constable Sean Kennedy based at Sanquhar said "We are keen to speak to the occupants of a Peugeot seen in the village in the early hours of the morning.
I also want to take the opportunity to remind businesses who operate vans throughout the region to be on their guard and consider carefully where they park their vehicles overnight, and what tools and other equipment they leave in them.
Anyone with any information in relation to this theft can contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 0497 of 03/10/18.
WHO STOLE THIS BOAT?
Police are investigating after a boat was stolen from Springholm. It was parked in a driveway of a house next to the A75 and is described as blue, about 3.6 metres long and 1.6 metres wide and made from fibreglass.
It was stolen between 9:30pm on Thursday 27th and 5pm on Friday 28th September 2018.
Did you see anyone steal it or do you know where it is now? Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 2979 of 28th Sept.