South Scotland

Hunt for masked men who threatened family in Dumfries

Anti-capitalist protesters wear Guy Fawkes mask during march organised by the group Anonymous Image copyright PA
Image caption The men involved in the disturbance wore masks similar to those worn by the Anonymous network of activists and computer hackers

Police are hunting four masked men who threatened a family at a house in Dumfries.

The victims suffered "significant alarm" during the disturbance in Lincluden Road, according to officers investigating the incident.

Police Scotland said the men wore white masks similar to those associated with the Anonymous computer-hacking group.

They appealed for help from witness to the disturbance, which happened at 17:40 on Tuesday.

The masked men also damaged a door to the property and a silver Audi which was parked outside.

Sgt Steven Saunderson said it was not known whether the men left the scene on foot or by car.

He added: "I would reassure members of the public and specifically people in that area that we think this is an isolated incident. I wouldn't see any cause of concern for them.

"We are keen to trace the individuals concerned given the nature of the incident itself."

One of the men was aged between 25 and 27 years old, and of slim build. He was wearing a grey hooded top, dark blue shorts and he spoke with a local accent.

PC Stephanie Brown said: "The other three men were dressed in dark clothing, and all four had white 'Anonymous' style masks on.

"Anyone with any information should call us on 101."

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