Shop gutted by fire

A 30-year-old local man appeared from custody at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday in relation to a break in and fire at Kirkcolm Stores, Church Road, Kirkcolm during the early hours of Sunday, January 19.

The shop in the north Rhins village was gutted by a blaze in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police are keen to recognise the assistance afforded to them during their enquiry by the residents of Kirkcolm.

Inspector Stewart McColm said “Kirkcolm is a small, tight knit community, where people will rally around and support each other in times of adversity. The loss of the store and Post Office will obviously have a significant community impact in the village, and it is heartening to see the dignified and supportive way in which the community has reacted.

“I am grateful to those who have responded to our request for information and assistance so far, and it is thanks to that response and the hard work of local officers that someone has been charged with this crime. There is however still a significant quantity of cigarettes and cash still to be recovered, and if anyone has any information as to their whereabouts, I would urge them to please get in touch.

“We still want to hear from anyone who may have any information relating to this crime, no matter how insignificant it may seem. That information can be provided by speaking to any Police Officer, calling 101 or contacting Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111, anonymously if necessary. “