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Newlands Estate's membership suspended following buzzard killing

A buzzard was killed by a gamekeeper at the estate. Credit: PA

An estate in Dumfries and Galloway has had its membership of Wildlife Estates Scotland suspended, following the killing of a buzzard.

In a statement released today, Wildlife Estates Scotland said Newlands Estate's membership and accreditation has been voluntarily suspended:

Conditions of membership of Wildlife Estates Scotland include the requirements to maintain best practice standards of animal welfare and comply with all legal requirements and relevant Scottish codes of practice.

Wildlife Estates Scotland's position is that it will suspend membership if it is notified of a prosecution or of a breach of relevant legislation.

The case of William Dick has been discussed with Newlands Estate, whose membership and accreditation under WES has been voluntarily suspended and will remain so until after further enquiries and any other legal proceedings have concluded.”

– Wildlife Estates Scotland spokesperson

The suspension comes after a gamekeeper at the Estate, William Dick, was fined £2,000 for attacking and killing a buzzard.

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Police appeal for missing teenage girls

Kelly Rutherford and Emily Thompson. Credit: Cumbria Police

Cumbria Police are appealing for information about two teenage girls, who have gone missing from the Milnthorpe area of the county.

Kelly Rutherford, 14, is described as white, of slim build, 5ft 4” tall, with shoulder-length black hair.

She was last seen wearing a two-tone hooded grey top, blue jeans and black trainers.

Emily Thompson, 16, is described as white, 5ft 6” tall, of slim build, with very long light brown hair, with a north east accent.

She was last seen wearing a white vest top, black leggings, a smart black jacket and black Converse shoes.

They were last seen on 28 August 2015 at around 4.50pm.

Anyone with information should contact Cumbria Police on 101.

Asthma: help and advice

Michael Edwards, from Dumfries, is raising awareness of the dangers of asthma, after his daughter died following an asthma attack.

He's raising money for Asthma UK - a charity that funds research and supports people with the condition.

These websites provide more information about asthma:

  • Allergy UK - this charity offers a helpline, and advice on how to deal with asthma attacks
  • NHS - the National Health Service guidance on asthma
  • British Lung Foundation - offers a guide to "controlling your asthma", and lets you download medical research and other publications
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