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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.


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


Police: burglars from North West targeting Keswick

Cumbria Police Credit: PA

Cumbria Police believe burglars from the Liverpool and Manchester areas could be targeting Cumbrian towns... in particular Keswick.

The warning comes following two attempted burglaries in the county.

On Saturday 29 August, at around 10:50am, a man from Portinscale, Keswick, heard footsteps coming from upstairs in his home.

When he went to check the source of the noise, he discovered a male intruder.

When challenged, the man claimed to have been looking for his B&B.

He's described as white, in his late 40s/early 50s, well-tanned, around 5ft 7”, clean shaven, wearing two jackets and a brown leather/suede flat cap. He spoke with a Liverpool accent.

There was a similar incident in the Kendal area on Monday 24 August at around 11:30am. Nothing was stolen in either of the break-ins.

We have reason to believe that individuals from the Liverpool and/or Manchester areas are targeting the Keswick area for burglaries. We believe that they are targeting both private homes and hotels/B&Bs during daylight hours for sneak-in burglaries – when confronted they may claim to be tourists looking for their accommodation.

I would urge people in the local area to make sure they lock their doors and windows, and not give anyone the opportunity to sneak in to their property unaware."

– DC Martin Hodgson

Watch: ITV Border reports on Gaiety Cinema closure

Whitehaven's Gaiety Cinema is to re-open, after its controversial closure 12 years ago.

To celebrate, we've dug out Tim Backshall's report from the final screening, in 2003, from the Border archive.

Can you remember what the final film was?

On Lookaround at 6pm tonight, you can watch Samantha Parker's report on the cinema re-opening.

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