Criminal caught after former policeman turned MP Allan Dorans helps collar would-be thief
A quick-thinking MP followed a would-be thief acting suspiciously while waiting for police to arrive.Date added: Thursday September 17th 2020
Allan Dorans, 64, came to the rescue after spotting a man in a plush Ayr garden on Friday morning.
The former police officer was out training for the Kiltwalk when he saw the 36-year-old looking into the window of a property on Doonfoot Road – where houses are valued at just under £400k.
He phoned 999 and followed the suspect until police arrived.
Mr Dorans told the Post: “I was out walking at about 6am when I noticed a man acting suspiciously in the garden.
“He was dressed all in grey with a hoody top on and he went up to a caravan which was parked in the drive and started looking in the window.
“Then he went up to the front window of the house and was looking in before going up to the large garden gate and starting shaking it trying to open it.
“At that point I phoned the police. While I was waiting for them the man came out of the garden and began walking away, so I followed him.
“I called 999 again and told the control centre he was now walking down Gearholm Road and I followed him to Culzean Road.
“Just as the police arrived he was climbing over a wooden fence into another garden.
“I’m not sure what he was up to but he looked very suspicious.”
Officers arrested the 36-year-old and took him to Ayr Police Station.
After that they told Mr Dorans that he was out on bail accused of another crime and he had broken his curfew.
The Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP added: “Police detained him and have since told me that he was out on bail and shouldn’t have been out of his house between 7pm to 7am.
“I’m a former Detective Inspector and you never lose that eye for it.
“Once a cop, always a cop.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a 36-year-old man was arrested following reports of someone acting suspiciously in the Doonfoot Road area of Ayr on the morning of Friday March 13.
“Enquiries into the matter are ongoing and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”
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AYR, CARRICK & CUMNOCK MP CHALLENGES PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSTON
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP, Allan Dorans challenged Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, over The Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Jack ignoring Scottish Government guidelines and making a 700 mile round trip to Westminster last week. Mr Dorans asked the Prime Minister during Prime Ministers Questions if he condemned or condoned Mr Jack’s behaviour.Date added: Thursday September 3rd 2020
This journey was despite MPs throughout the United Kingdom for the past 7 weeks all being able to take part in full Parliamentary business, debates and Question times from home using online conference links.
Mr Dorans also took the opportunity last week to ask Mr Jack in Parliament for his justification for a totally unnecessary journey when he could have taken part in Scotland Office Question Time virtually, from the safety of his home without putting himself and others at risk.
“Last Wednesday parliament voted 350-v- 258 not to continue virtual parliament. This was disappointing as it means 650 MPs will be expected to return to Westminster on June 2nd. As social distancing is still in place due to Covid 19 only 50 MPs can sit in the chamber at once.”
“At this precarious stage of the crisis, it seems reckless and ill thought out during this crisis to ask MPs to leave their constituencies, incur travel and accommodation expenses when they can’t fully participate in debates.” Allan Dorans MP said.
For the last nine weeks, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Government health advice has been Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives. This advice has helped greatly slow the spread of this disease, save lives and currently remains in force.
A one-minute silence was held at Ayr Railway Station last Wednesday and at railway stations across the UK to honour three men killed in a train derailment in Aberdeenshire on Wednesday 12th August.Date added: Thursday September 3rd 2020
Driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury, 62, died near Stonehaven. Six others were injured.
The train derailed after hitting a landslip following heavy rain.
Stations fell silent at 09:43 - the time the crash was reported two weeks ago.
The short service at Ayr Station was attended by Management, staff and union representatives of Scotrail and Network Rail, British Transport Police and Allan Dorans MP representing the constituents of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.
Allan Dorans MP for Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock welcomes Census change to Count Armed Forces Community In
For the first time in the history of the Census, there will be a question on service in the Armed Forces following a campaign led by Poppyscotland and The Royal British Legion and supported by Allan Dorans MP.Date added: Thursday September 3rd 2020
Allan Dorans MP is delighted that both the UK Parliament and the Scottish Parliament have announced that the next Census will now include a question to provide information on whether someone has served in HM Armed Forces. The next Census is currently due to take place in 2021 in England and Wales and 2022 in Scotland.
Poppyscotland and the Legion, who led the campaign, are at the heart of a national network offering a range of support and services to the Armed Forces community. The decision to include the question on the next census will provide Poppyscotland and the Legion, as well as public bodies, local authorities, and other military charities with valuable information to ensure they can best meet the needs of serving personnel, veterans and their families.
It has been estimated that there are 2.4 million veterans currently living in Great Britain, who make up part of a wider ex-Service community that includes their spouses, partners, dependent children and widow(er)s. However, little is currently known about the exact numbers, location and needs of this significant group. Including an Armed Forces question in the next census would provide public bodies, local authorities, and charities with valuable information to ensure they are able to deliver the best services they can for our Armed Forces community.
Allan Dorans MP commented “ Having a better understanding of the profile and needs of veterans is a key part of making sure our public services are tailored for our Armed Forces community. I welcome this historic change to the next Census to include a question on the Armed Forces.”
Mark Collins, Interim Chief Executive of Poppyscotland, said: “We would like to thank the scores of politicians from across the spectrum at Holyrood and Westminster, several local authorities and our volunteers and supporters who came together to support our Count Them In campaign. I am also grateful to National Records of Scotland for working closely with us throughout the process, from devising potential questions through to testing and considering the outputs.”Charles Byrne, Director-General of The Royal British Legion, added: “This is an extremely proud moment for the Legion. This is something we have been striving towards for many years and it will have a huge impact on service personnel, veterans and their families well into the future, as the outcome will allow us to provide more effective care and support to those who are in need. We are delighted and are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported the campaign”.”
Constituents can find out more about the campaign by visiting the Poppyscotland website, https://www.poppyscotland.org.uk/poppyscotland-secures-census-question-for-armed-forces-community/
‘Count Them In’ demonstrates Poppyscotland and The Royal British Legion’s ongoing work to champion the interests, welfare, and contributions of the Armed Forces community.
Tourism Industry starts to Reopen
From Wednesday July 15th we will see our caravan parks, self-catering apartments and hotels reopen across Scotland as our tourism industry comes back to life after the lockdown caused by Covid-19.Date added: Thursday September 3rd 2020
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP Allan Dorans MP recently visited The Walled Garden Caravan and Camping Park on the Kilkerran Estate between Crosshill and Dailly to meet the owners, Barry and Dorothy Cowan and to discuss the upcoming holiday season. Mr and Mrs Cowan have been carefully following the Scottish Government guidelines for the safe opening of the Park.
Dorothy Cowan said “We will be complying with social distancing; we have installed hand sanitisers throughout our site, and we have installed clear signage with gentle reminders to keep all our holiday makers safe. We will also ensure that we take all our visitors’ details so that we can help with track and trace. We are looking forward to reopening and people visiting us throughout the summer”
Commenting on the Park, Allan Dorans MP stated “Although I was born and brought up near here, I had never visited the Walled Garden until now. I am absolutely amazed at the beauty and tranquillity of the Park set in the stunning Ayrshire countryside. It really is a hidden gem, I am delighted that the Park is now opening and sincerely hope that the hard work put in to upgrading the facilities over the last few years pays off for Barry and Dorothy and they have an outstandingly successful holiday season. It’s been a very difficult time for our tourism industry, and it is great to see our local businesses start to re-open and normality resume”
ALLAN DORANS MP CHALLENGES PRIME MINISTER ON FUNDING CUTS TO LOCAL COMBAT STRESS FACILITY
Combat Stress veterans charity has for the last hundred years provided support for veterans suffering from stress, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Hollybush House is one of three centres that provide support and a unique 6-week residential course of treatment for those veterans suffering the worst effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.Date added: Thursday September 3rd 2020
Hollybush House covers support for veterans from all of Scotland but also north of England and Northern Ireland. Hollybush House is funded by both the Scottish Government and Westminster Government. Regrettably, as a result of cuts from Westminster government funding to the Combat Stress Charity, services at Holybush House looks likely to be reduced and a possible loss of 50 highly specialised local jobs in the area.
On Wednesday 11th March, Allan Dorans MP took the opportunity to raise this matter with the Prime Minister at Prime Ministers Questions.
Allan Dorans MP said “the Prime Minister acknowledged this concerning issue and highlighted that additional funds will be made available for veteran charities iin the budget but failed to specify if it would be to the benefit of Combat Stress”
“It is vital that this critical service is maintained. Our ex servicemen deserve the continuing support this fantastic facility at Hollybush House provides and I will continue to campaign for the reinstatement of this funding from the Westminster Government.”
Allan Dorans MP and Anneka Rice help launch Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal
Allan Dorans MP and presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Anneka Rice, have joined forces this March to help Marie Curie provide care and support to more people living with a terminal illness.Date added: Thursday September 3rd 2020
Allan and Marie Curie Ambassador, Anneka, were pictured together with Marie Curie Rapid Response Healthcare Assistant, Lukmon Adeyemi, at the parliamentary event to celebrate the launch of the Great Daffodil Appeal, Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign, held every March.
Allan pledged his support to the Appeal and is encouraging local people to donate and wear one of the charity’s daffodil pins to help fund vital care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.
Allan said: “Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life and that is why I am supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal this March. Without your help, Marie Curie Nurses can’t give vital care to people living with a terminal illness and their families.”
Launched in 1986, the Appeal is crucial in raising much-needed funds to enable the charity to continue providing nursing and hospice care, a freephone support line and information for people living with any terminal illness such as terminal cancer, dementia, heart failure, and motor neurone disease.
Anneka says: “I was thrown into a world of utter confusion and sadness when I had to care for two elderly parents, living separately but both with dementia. At the time I didn’t know who to reach out to as I knew nothing at all about the illness. At the time, I wish I’d known about the organisations that exist to help.”
On becoming a Marie Curie Ambassador in 2019, Anneka said: “They are just a brilliant bunch of people, quietly getting on with very, very, important work. We all want to be well-looked after at the end of our lives. Marie Curie need our help, so that they can help more people have a good death. I’m so proud to support them.”
Scott Sinclair, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Marie Curie, said: “Having the support of Allan Dorans MP and Anneka makes a huge difference to our Great Daffodil Appeal.
“Too many people miss out on the care and support they need. By donating and wearing a daffodil pin in March you are helping us to support more people at the most difficult time of their lives. We want to make sure that everyone affected by terminal illness, wherever they may live, gets the right support, at the right time – whether that is high quality nursing care, emotional and practical support, or fast access to the benefits they need.”
To support the Great Daffodil Appeal, get your daffodil pin from volunteers on high streets around the UK, as well as Marie Curie shops, Superdrug, Savers, SPAR UK, Hotter Shoes and Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group.
To find out more about the Great Daffodil Appeal, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call or call 0800 304 7025 for more information. To Donate £5 to Marie Curie, text DAFF to 70999.
Waspi Women 4th March 2020
MP Allan Dorans joined over 70 MPs from all parties at an information session at the House of Commons on 4th March organised by the Women Against State Pension Injustice (WASPI) Campaign.Date added: Thursday September 3rd 2020
Anne Keen, Co-founder of the Women Against State Pension Injustice (WASPI) Campaign said:” We were delighted to see Mr Dorans at our event. He clearly understands the plight of women born in the 1950s who were denied several years of the State Pensions they paid into all their working lives. We couldn’t have wished for a better response to our invitations to MPs to attend the Drop-in session. It was quite overwhelming. The support for our campaign for justice was evident. We hope that Parliament will now address the issue as a matter of urgency. Many 1950s women are suffering.”
Allan Dorans MP commented “I have always been and will continue to be a strong supporter for the WASPI women whose pensions were stolen by successive governments. There are over 3.2 million affected in the UK and 6,700 in this constituency alone. I will continue to fight this injustice on their behalf”.