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Concerns raised over traditional fishing in Annan

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A demonstration is to be held outside Annan Town Hall this evening to raise concerns about the future of stake and poke nets on the Solway.

There are talks for the nets to be banned, due to reports of low salmon stocks in the River Eden.

Local fishermen are worried that hundreds of years of traditional fishing methods may be lost.

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Carlisle memorial service for Quintinshill victims

The Quintinshill rail crash occurred on May 22, 1915. Credit: Credit: War/Topham Picturepoint/PA Images

A memorial service is being held at Stanwix Cemetery in Carlisle this morning to remember two victims of the Quintinshill disaster who're buried in the ground.

Train driver Francis Scott and Fireman James Hannah were both killed in Briatin's worst ever rail crash. The service begins at eleven am.

Two dead and baby seriously injured in crash

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A father and a child have died and a young baby has been seriously injured in a traffic collision on the A66 at Crackenthorpe in Cumbria.

Police were called to the scene after the family's Peugeot 307 was in a collision with a HGV.

Officers say the driver of the car, a man from the Penrith area, and a child passenger died at the scene.

A second child, under the age of one, was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The driver of the HGV, a 47-year-old man from County Tyrone, was unhurt.

The family of those who died are being supported by specially trained officers.

Row over Hawick ward boundaries

A row has broken out in the Scottish Borders over plans to redefine council ward boundaries. Under the proposals, rural areas surrounding Hawick have been included in a new Jedburgh ward.

Local people say it will break long standing ties to areas, including an historic battleground that shapes Hawick's annual Common Riding festival. Jenny Longden reports.

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Serious crash closes A66 between M6 and Brough

The A66 is closed between the M6 and Brough due to a serious accident at Crackenthorpe.

Police were called to the scene at around 5.10pm after a two vehicle collision.

The road is closed and motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

The road is expected to be closed for several hours for accident investigation work.

Petition to stop Hornshole from leaving Hawick

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A petition has begun calling for Hornshole to remain as part of the Hawick ward.

Burnfoot Community Council Chairman Michael Grieve has started the petition after Scottish Borders Council failed to oppose plans to remove the historic battleground from the Hawick and Denholm ward, in revised local government boundaries.

Under the proposals, the battle site, which is central to the town's common riding festival, will be part of a larger Jedburgh ward.

The plans are part of a national review by the Local Government Boundary Commission of Scotland, who want elected representatives in council to reflect the distribution of voters.

Councillors say there are many rural areas that face joining a different ward under the proposals.

Michael Grieve says the community must fight the plans:

It is quite frightening that 500 years ago we fought over this site and now someone with the score of a pen can just change it and nothing happens. So we have to show the Boundary Commission that these monuments to our past are important and should remain in the areas that they are supposed to be.

– Michael Grieve, Chairman, Burnfoot Community Council
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