Crime Scotland – September 19



Police have dealt with several incidents over the last 24 hours

POLICE have condemned thieves who stole copper piping from a gas meter.


POLICE are appealing for information after a three figure sum of money was stolen from the changing room of a junior football club on Saturday, September 17.

The money was stolen from the changing room of Falkirk Juniors FC sometime between 2.30pm and 3.30pm at Camelon Juniors’ ground in Fairlie Drive, Camelon.


A MAN has died following a road accident on Friday evening.

James Stuart Hardie, who was known as Stuart, was killed when his blue MG sports car collided with a red Toyota Avensis being driven by a local 52 year old woman.

The accident happened n the B724 Annan to Collin road at around 5.20pm on Friday, September 16.

The woman was taken to hospital where her condition is described as serious but stable.

The road was closed for nine hours for police collision investigations to take place.

Police are appealing for anyone who was travelling in the area around that time or saw either vehicle prior to the collision is asked to contact them.


POLICE are hunting members of a gang which attacked two officers in the Whitesands area of Dumfries at 9.40pm on Sunday night.

The pair were attempting to take one person away from the group when they were surrounded and kicked at by the thugs.

The group also kicked at the officers police vehicle causing a dent.

The number of people involved is unknown however the group was large with possibly around several dozen.

One of the officers sustained a minor hand injury in the incident.


BIRDS of prey have been given police protection, with CCTV placed around their nests.

Wildlife Crime officers have also installed alarms which allow the footage to be viewed directly form headquarters when activated.

If there is any evidence of a crime, officers can be despatched to the location.

Wildlife Crime Officer, Constable Jim Drysdale said: “If anyone is thinking of coming to Dumfries & Galloway to commit crimes against birds of prey, think again, you will be caught and you will be prosecuted.”


SCRAP metal thieves have made off with material from a a farm near Dalswinton.

The theft occurred sometime between Monday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 10.

Police are keen to trace the occupants of two vehicles seen in the area on Monday, August 8. The vehicles were a white flat bed type vehicle and a similar shaped red vehicle.


TOOLS have been stolen from a workshop and a van at a farm near Thornhill.

The items, including a drill, a chainsaw, drills and extension cables, were taken sometime between 8pm on Saturday, September 10 and 8am on Sunday,  September 11.


TWO cars have been damaged by vandals in Kelloholm.

A blue Daihatsu Charade and a silver MG ZR were scratched as they were parked on Libry Street sometime between 8 on Thursday, September 15 and 8am on Friday, September 16.


AN AUDI car has been damaged in Dumfries.

The A4 had a window wiper swapped as it was parked on Kirkton Terrace sometime between Friday, September 9 and Friday,  September 16.


A SILVER Volkswagern Fox  was scraped as it was parked in the Tesco car park on Charlotte Street sometime between 12.55pm and 1.20pm on Friday,  September 16.


A BLUE bike was stolen from outside the Royal Bank of Scotland on the High Street, Lochmaben sometime between 11.45am on Wednesday, September 7 and 7pm on Thursday,  September 8.


TWO windows were smashed at a property on Bank Street, Annan at around 1.15am on Saturday, September 17.


A WINDOW was smashed on a Saab 9-3 that was parked on Balmoral Road, Dumfries sometime between 10.30pm on Friday, September 16 and 8.30am on Saturday, September 17


A WINDOW was smashed at a property on George Street, Dumfries sometime between 7am and 9am on Saturday, September 17.


A GREEN Ford Fiesta had two windows smashed as it was parked on Lincluden Road, Dumfries sometime between 00.30am and 9.30am on Saturday, September 17.


A WINDOW was broken at a property on Castle Street, Dumfries sometime between 9pm on Friday, September 16 and 9am on Saturday,  September 17.


SEVERAL hundred litres of fuel was stolen from a fuel tank at a property on Glasgow Street sometime between Thursday, September 1 and Saturday,  September 17.


SEVERAL cars were discovered with scratches on Port Street, Annan, including a black Vauxhall Astra, a grey Mini Cooper, a silver Skoda Fabia Estate, a black Vauxhall Astra Estate and a Volvo V50.

It is believed the damage occurred sometime overnight between Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17.


POLICE are hunting the driver of a white coloured vehicle that struck a parked Vauxhall Astra on the A714 at Newton Stewart.


A WINDOW was smashed at the Kebab shop on English Street, Dumfries sometime before 3.15pm on Saturday, September 17.

Police are keen to trace two males seen in the area between 1.45am and 2.15am that morning.


A BRONZE Nissan Primera was damaged as it was parked on Glebe Street at around 2.30am on Sunday, September 18. Police are keen to trace the driver of a red coloured vehicle seen in the area around the time of the incident.


A SHED on Charles Street, Annan was broken into sometime between 6.30pm on Saturday, September 17 and 3.20pm the next day. A petrol strimmer and a bike were stolen in the incident.


POLICE are keen to trace a male who was seen throwing a bicycle at a passing car in Mill Park Crescent, Annan.

The car sustained a dent in the incident however no one was injured. The male is described as being in his late twenties, around five foot eight inches tall and with short blonde hair. He was wearing a white top and jeans.

He was last seen heading towards Queensberry Street.


A WINDOW was broken at a property on Loanworth Road, Gretna at around 9.40pm on Sunday, September 18.

Police are keen to trace two people seen in the area around the time of the incident.


POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an assault that occurred in the Holburn Street area of Aberdeen.

The incident occurred between 4 am and 4:10am on Sunday, September 11 outside the Aberdeen Christian Fellowship on Holburn Street, Aberdeen.

A 20-year-old male and a 21-year-old male were assaulted by a group of males. Both victims sustained facial injuries, one with a suspected broken jaw and the other a suspected broken nose.

The assailants are described as being in their late teens/early twenties, one of whom had short dark hair and was wearing a blue or white t-shirt. A second male had short fair hair and was wearing a long sleeved dark shirt and dark jeans.

Investigating Officer Constable Martin Dyer said: “At the time of the incident Holburn Street would have been busy with people leaving the city centre and if they observed the assault or the group involved, I would urge them to contact Grampian Police with any information that they may have.”


POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an assault that occurred on Diamond Street, Aberdeen.

The incident occurred between 1:15 am and 1:25 am on Saturday, September 17, outside Aurum Nightclub, Diamond Street, Aberdeen.

As a result of the incident a 22 year old man received minor facial injuries which were treated at ARI.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the assualt or who saw a two males and a female in the area around the time of the incident. The female is described as being around 5 ft  6 inch of proportionate build, aged early 20’s, shoulder length blonde hair and wearing a pink or orange dress.

One of the males is described as 5 ft 11 inch male, average build, aged early to mid 20’s and bright blue jeans.

The second male is described as 5 ft 6 inch, early to mid 20’s and wearing a blue t-shirt.


DRUGS worth almost half a million pounds have been recovered during the first month of a police crackdown on serious organised crime.

The figures were released following the news that officers seized heroin with an approximate ‘street’ value of £100,000 during on Saturday evening at Aberdeen Bus Station.

Two males from the Liverpool area, aged 30 and 36, have been charged in connection with the seizure and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

The recovery is a further example of the work being done in relation to Operation Shield, a force wide initiative aimed at tackling those involved in serious organised crime and drugs in Grampian. Particular focus has been paid to transport routes into and within the Grampian region that are used by some crime groups who travel to the North East to deal drugs.

Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Stewart who is leading the operation said “This is another significant recovery and re-affirms our commitment to reducing the harm caused by drugs and serious organised crime by making Grampian a hostile environment for those involved in this type of crime.

“Our intelligence led approach allows us to target particular areas and transport routes throughout Grampian and over the past month we have recovered in excess of £460,000 of Class ‘A’ and ‘B’ drugs during Operation Shield.

“I would encourage anyone who has information regarding those involved in drug dealing and other serious organised crime to contact Grampian Police on 08456005700 or anonymously at Crimestoppers on 0800555111.”




Michael Sinclair has been missing from his Thurso home for more than a year

A BONE found on one of Scotland’s most remote beaches has been linked to a missing man.


POLICE are currently investigating a fire in an outhouse in which a 54-year-old man died.

The fire, at Benbecula on the remote island of Uist, occurred at around 9.45am today (mon)

Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the fire are on-going and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.


A DIAGNOSTICS computer has been stolen from a garage in Thurso.

The device, worth a “considerable” sum, was stolen from Dunnet’s Car Garage between September 8 and September 11.


POLICE received reports of a disturbance involving an incident in which a dog sustained injuries around 8pm in Lochcarron on Friday, September 16.

Following enquiries, six dogs were restrained and impounded on September 17.

A 52 year old man was arrested in connection with the incident. He is expected to appear from custody at Dingwall Sheriff Court on 19 September.

Four officers sustained minor injuries during the incident. One officer required stiches for dog bites and three other officers were treated for minor injuries.

A report has been made to the Procurator Fiscal.


DRUGS worth £3million have been seized from a flat in Glasgow.


POLICE in Glasgow are demanding drinkers hand over mobile phone footage of an attempted murder outside a nightclub.


POLICE were called following a robbery at a Ladbrokes on Dundee’s Clepington Road at 11.27am yesterday morning.

A 24-year-old man was traced in nearby Provost Road and has since been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

He is expected to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court today