South Scotland

Castle Douglas ABC Travel depot fire reward offered

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Image caption Police have appealed for anyone who saw anything in the area to contact them

A five-figure cash reward has been offered to help catch whoever set light to a coach and lorry at a bus depot in Dumfries and Galloway.

The cost of the incident on 23 March at Clarebrand near Castle Douglas has been estimated at more than £150,000.

Owners ABC Travel have put up a reward for anyone who can help trace and prosecute those responsible.

A DAF recovery lorry and a 56-seat single-deck coach were severely damaged in the incident.

Det Con Ross Milligan said: "We have conducted a number of inquiries, including staff statements and a door-to-door of the surrounding area.

"A number of lines of inquiry have opened up, however, we need more substantial evidence to pursue a positive line."

He urged anyone who had seen any suspicious behaviour in the area in the build-up to the fire to contact police.

"Whilst the fire was serious, thankfully no-one was harmed in it," he said.

"It did, however, cause a considerable amount of damage and we are keen for anyone with any information to contact us.

"No matter how little it is, it could be the missing part of information we need."

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