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Dumfries and Galloway police mark merger with charity run

Police runner
Image caption The team ran more than 400 miles as a final tribute to Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, which will be merged into a single Scottish police force on Monday

Five Dumfries and Galloway police officers have completed a 400 mile relay over four days to mark the end of the eight Scottish Police forces.

The team started in Inverness on Tuesday and arrived back in Dumfries after running to all the current Scottish Police Headquarters.

They then lowered the force's flag for the last time at a ceremony to mark the force's 60 years.

The men have already exceeded their target of raising £4,000 for charity.

Insp Stuart Davidson, Sgt Iain McKie, PC Andy Stevenson, PC Adam Watret and PC Iain Wishart all took part in the event, dubbed Run Doonhame.

The money they have raised will be shared between COPS (Care of Police Survivors), the Police Treatment Centre, Cash for Kids and Children in Need.

PC Andy Stevenson said: "It was not at all easy for us, but the team held together really well.

"We had great support along the way from our four support staff, and also from other police forces along the way.

Mr Stevenson said he didn't complete a single 10km leg without it snowing at some point.

"The weather conditions were very testing for us," he said. "But we were going to finish it come rain, hail or shine."

The challenge took place in Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary's final week before it is amalgamated into the Police Service of Scotland.

Mr Stevenson added: "We're looking forward to the new challenges that Police Scotland will bring.

"But I don't think there's a single serving or retired police officer who's not sad to see the end of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary as a separate police force."

Scotland's eight police forces are to amalgamate into one on 1 April.

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