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Olympic silver medalist launches curling foundation

Lockerbie's World Champion and Olympic silver medal-winning curler David Murdoch has launched a new programme, to promote the sport among young people. Named after his late father, the Matt Murdoch foundation will fund young Scottish curlers to have access to some of the best training facilities and coaches in the world.

we really put ourselves on a big stage with the Olympics with huge success, everyone got really involved with it and we want more people to become involved"

– David Murdoch

Jewellery worth £4,000 taken in Dumfries raid

Cumbria Police Credit: PA

Around £4,000 of jewellery has been stolen from a house in Dumfries.

Police say it happened between Friday 17 July and Friday 31 July, when the house in Oakfield Brae was broken into while its occupants were on holiday.

Jewellery including gold rings, bracelets, chains and necklaces was taken.

This is another house in Dumfries which has had a large quantity of jewellery stolen whilst the occupants were on holiday. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the Oakfield Brae area over this period."

– Constable John Donnelly

Police Scotland are also investigating a number of other thefts:

  • Orange coloured chainsaw worth around £175 stolen in a break-in to an outhouse at a caravan at the Creetown Caravan Park sometime overnight Friday 31 July/Saturday 1 August 2015
  • House in Main Street in Kirkconnel broken into sometime overnight Saturday 1/Sunday 2 August 2015
  • Cash and property, including a dvd player, three figurines, GHD hair straighteners, jewellery, a Dell laptop computer and an Ipad air were all stolen in a break-in to a house in Rose Street in Annan sometime between Thursday 30 July and Monday 3 August 2015

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Peebles pupils celebrating exam success

The anxious wait is now over for thousands of pupils in the south of Scotland.

Those who took Higher and National Four and Five exams before the end of term found out their results this morning.

It's the first time pupils have sat a new version of the Highers exam, and a record number of Highers have been awarded.

Pupils at Peebles High School were amongst those celebrating:

I'm very pleased I got two As a B and a C.

I can do my advanced highers that I chose to do and I'm looking forward to it.

I want to go to university and study media and communications, hopefully go on to do radio when I'm older."

– Leia Devlin, Peebles High School

Missing man 'could have visited Lake District'

Stephen Knight. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police searching for a missing man from Upholland say he could have visited the Lake District.

Stephen Knight, 40, was last seen at around 4:15am on Friday 24 July after finishing a night shift at work.

He is believed to have returned home on Daybrook, Upholland, but has not been seen or made contact with friends or family.

Officers think he could have been in Lancaster the day after he went missing, and could also have visited the Lake District.

He is pictured above, and is described as white, 6ft 3in tall, with a stocky build, receding hair and a moustache.

He may be wearing jeans, a black shirt and black jacket, and he is believed to have his two dogs with him, a Rottweiler and a German Shepherd.

We are getting increasingly concerned about Stephen as he has not been seen for quite some time now. I would urge anyone who has seen him or has any information about where he might be to contact us as soon as possible.”

– Insp Paul McLernon of Lancashire Police

You can contact Lancashire Police on 101, quoting log 952 of 3rd August.

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