South Scotland

Dumfries man in court following shop fires

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Image caption The court appearance followed incidents at three businesses in Dumfries on Thursday

A 25-year-old man has made a brief appearance in court after fires at three businesses in southern Scotland.

It followed incidents at two Italian businesses and a Polish delicatessen in Dumfries in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Andrew Nicol, from the town, was accused of eight charges of wilful fire-raising, two of malicious damage and one of assault.

He made no plea at Dumfries Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.

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