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

Following a review by Police Scotland they have currently ceased forwarding, to the D & G Neighbourhood watch web administrator, their local press releases related to crime matters.
We are however in the meantime  listing below various Constabulary media releases and reports on crime matters from other sources

About four metres of wall has been demolished at the Sandmill Service Station on the Cairnryan Road, Stranraer, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, by a vehicle which failed to stop after the crash. Were you in the area and did you see anything that might help us trace the driver? Call us on the 101 number quoting the reference number 0843 16/1 if you can help please.


Police in Dumfries are investigating after a house in Calside Avenue in the town was broken into on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

The crime occurred between 3pm and 11pm while the property was unoccupied. A number of items of jewelry and a four figure sum of cash were stolen.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the are on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening. Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 3965 of 15th January 2019.


Did you leave your front grill at the scene of an RTC?

Police are investigating after a Honda Civic appears to have hit and snapped a BT poll on the B722 just outside Waterbeck. The offending vehicle failed to stop at the scene however the front grill of a Honda Civic (year 2000 - 2006) was found at the scene.

Constable Ryan McGarvey based at Annan said "The RTC was reported to us around 11 PM on Monday night. I would appeal to the driver to contact Police and help sort the matter out. Alternatively, anyone with any information can contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 4097 of 14th January.



Around 4.30am on Thursday morning, a report was received by police relating to a disturbance outside the premises of the Benvenuto Takeaway in Eastfield Road, whereby a male was seen banging on the windows of the premises.

On the arrival of police it was found that a window in the premises had been smashed, as had two windows in nearby parked vans. It also appears that an attempt had been made to set a fire in one of the vehicles.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or knows the identity of the person responsible should contact Police Scotland on 101.


Officers in Dumfries are investigating two suspicious fires which happened in the early hours of Thursday 10 January 2019.

Around 4.05am the two overhead canopies at the Palmerston Café in Glasgow Street were reported to be on fire. The fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service.

At around 4.20am a further report was received regarding a fire at the Polish Delicatessen shop in St Michaels Street. Again the canopy had been set on fire and again the fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service.

Constable David Steele at Dumfries said "although enquiries are at an early stage it does seem that these crimes may well be linked and we are carrying out door to door enquiries and reviewing CCTV footage at this time. We want to trace the following described man who was seen at the Palmerston Café around the time the fire started. He is described as been male, wearing a baseball cap with a logo on it, had over ear earphones. carrying a ruck-sack and was wearing dark trousers, a long sleeved top and trainers"



A Honda TRX 500 FM Quad bike was stolen from a farm near Canonbie sometime overnight on Monday into Tuesday.

Constable Natalie Wilson said "police are carrying out farm to farm enquiries in the area and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the days leading up to this theft, or indeed on Monday night, early Tuesday morning.

The farm is quite isolated so we would be keen to hear about any strange vehicles seen in the area over this period. Anyone who has any information which might help us can contact us on the 101 number.


We have seen a number of housebreakings reported to us in recent days and we want the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in their local neighborhoods.

Most people know the regular vehicles in their streets, if you see something unusual that your not happy with or find suspicious, call us or at least take a note of the vehicle details.

It's also worth remembering, a home that looks empty is far more likely to be targeted by a thief, so it’s worth making sure your home looks occupied.

If you are going away for extended periods of time, on holiday or to visit family, a trusted neighbour may be able to help you by opening and closing curtains and even parking their car on your driveway.


Break-in - Newton Stewart

Police Officers in Newton Stewart are appealing for witnesses following a break-in to a house in Philip Avenue in the town at the weekend. The break-in occurred sometime between 9.40 am and 9.30 pm on Saturday 5 January 2019. A quantity of expensive and sentimental jewellery was stolen in the raid and included rings, watches. pendants and bracelets. The value of the jewellery stolen is estimated to be in the region of £20,000.

Detective Constable Jackson Service said "the occupants of the house were out for the day and on returning home in the evening were met with a break-in to their home. At this stage we are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area around Philip Avenue in the town on Saturday to call us if they saw or heard anything suspicious. We are carrying out door to door enquiries in the area at this time. In particular we would be keen to hear about details of any vehicles which appeared strange to the area, being parked in the streets around the Philip Avenue area on Saturday. Whilst the value of the property is high, no cost can ever be placed on the sentimental value of some of the pieces stolen. Anyone with any information is asked to call us on the 101 number, quoting the reference number 3638 5/1. Anyone wishing to pass on information anonymously can do so on the Crimestoppers number of 0800 555 111."


Police officers in Thornhill are investigating after two homes were discovered broken into in the town this weekend.

The first break-in occurred at a property in Buccleuch Crescent sometime between 4 pm on Friday 4th and 10 am on Sunday 6th January.

The second home targeted is in Queesnberry Brae and was broken into sometime between 24th December and Sunday 6th January.

Anyone who thinks they saw, or heard anything suspicious, or has any information which might help us in this investigation should contact Police Scotland on the 101 number.



Sometime between 21st December and 3rd January, the warehouse at Dumfries Building Supplies on Huntington Road in Dumfries was broken into.

Constable Ryan Kirk, based in Dumfries said "Staff at the premises are still establishing, what if anything has been stolen from the premises, however I would asked anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious at the premises over the festive break to contact Police Scotland on 101".



Police are investigating after items were stolen from a white VW Golf while it was parked in Welldale Park in Dumfries.

The theft occurred sometime between 7 pm on Tuesday 1st and 11 am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Items stolen from the car include a PA speaker, Superdry bag, an iPad and a microphone and leads. Anyone who can provide any information in relation to this theft should get in touch with us at Loreburn Street Police Station on the 101 number.



Two outboard boat engines have been stolen from boats within a field near to Loch Ken on the A713 Castle Douglas - Ayr road at Parton. They appear to have been stolen sometime between 2 pm on Friday 28th and 2 pm on Saturday 29th December.

One engine is described as a 4 year old Yamaha 4 Stroke 20HP and costs around £3000. A second motor (pictured) was also stolen at the same time and is valued around £2000.

Anyone with any information should contact Police at Castle Douglas via 101.

In a weekend that saw 7 people arrested for serious acts of violence in Dumfries, Superintendent Mark Hollis said,

"We will continue with our high visibility patrols tonight as people bring in the new year in the towns and villages across the region. My message is simple, don't start the new year in our cells, facing court action and a possible prison sentence. Walk away and keep out of trouble.

I want to remind everyone, throwing a single punch can have devastating consequences. Just one punch can cause life changing injuries and even death.

I also want to reassure our communities that those who would seem intent on engaging in violence or antisocial behaviour of any kind, that it won’t be tolerated, we will be close by and you will get caught.


Police are investigating after a house was broken into and items stolen sometime between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

The house, on Craigs Road, near St Andrews Primary School, in Dumfries was targeted between 6 pm on Christmas Eve (Monday 24th) and 8:15 am on Boxing Day, while the owner was away spending time with her family.

Items stolen include a blue Dell laptop, a hand held mini hover, jewellery and a number of wrapped Christmas presents.

Constable Jordan Glendinning based at Dumfries said "It defies belief that while most were setting down to enjoy Christmas with their families, someone has broken into this house and stolen items, including wrapped presents from within.

I want to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspicious in the Craigs Road or surrounding area on Christmas Eve or Christmas day. We will be reviewing CCTV in the area and have carried out a scenes of crime examination but I’m keen to hear from anyone that knows where the Dell laptop or mini hand held hoover are now.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Sometime between 10:30 pm on Friday 21st and 9:30 am on Saturday 22nd December, a vehicle has crashed into Lockerbie Ice Rink. This has caused damage to the external and internal structure of the building.

The vehicle responsible has not reported the RTC. Do you know who is responsible? Contact Police on 101.


Just before 7.30am this morning, Thursday 13 December 2018 a two vehicle road traffic collision happened on the A75 Dumfries bypass, between the Annan Road and the Lockerbie Road roundabouts.

A Mercedes van and a Vauxhall Insignia car were in a head on collision. As a result the drivers of the two vehicles and a passenger in the Vauxhall were all taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. The male driver of the van received bruising, the male driver of the car received a fractured wrist and his female passenger received multiple fractures to her feet.

Constable Callum Kingstree of the Roads Policing Unit at Dumfries said "we are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this crash, or saw either of the vehicles travelling on the Dumfries bypass prior to the crash to call us at Dumfries on the 101 number, quoting reference 0525 13/12.

A white Audi A3 which was parked in Scotts Street in Annan near to St Columba's was struck and damaged by a vehicle which fails to stop around 8.55am this morning. Were you in the area? Did you see anything? Call us on 101 and quote 0837 13/12 if you can help.

Working together with communities, Counter Terrorism Policing wants Christmas security all wrapped up.

As with any busy area, police are encouraging everyone to remain alert while out and about, and to report anything suspicious to police, security or staff.

You can also get in touch to report anything suspicious confidentially via www.gov.uk/ACT or 0800 789 321. In an emergency always call 999

Garage thefts - Dumfries

Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses following thefts from two garage premises in the town. Sometime overnight Tuesday 4/Wednesday 5 December 2018, a total of five catalytic converters have been stolen from vans at the garage premises of Cicely Commercials in Brownrigg Loaning, and Arnold Clark in Annan Road. These units are valued around £1000 each.

Constable Peter Meechan at Dumfries said "clearly those who carried out these thefts knew what they were taking and the catalytic converters were removed from the exhaust systems of the vehicles targeted. I am asking for anyone who may have been in the area of Annan Road or Brownrigg Loaning late on Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning to get in touch if they saw or heard anything suspicious. Callers can contact Police at Dumfries on 101 and should give the reference number 1040 5/12."

If you get a call claiming to be from someone with a similar mobile number and they have accidentally used your number online and need a code that will be text to you - Hang Up.

It's a scam. The fraudsters are trying to reset your online passwords. The code sent to you is a form of verification that banks and other companies use to prove it's you that is asking to reset your account. Giving the scammers the code means they can reset your password and get into your accounts #ScamSchool


A 27 foot wall has been destroyed at the Church of Scotland in Eaglesfield following a collision. Looks consistent with being struck by a large vehicle, perhaps a lorry, which has failed to stop. The collision happened sometime between 1pm and 1.30pm on Tuesday. Were you in are area on Tuesday and did you see anything which might help us trace the vehicle and driver? Call us please on the 101 number if you can help, and quote the reference number 2281 21/11.































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