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Train derailment causes delays between Carlisle and Glasgow

Train derailment near New Cumnock Credit: Network Rail

Scotrail says passengers travelling between Carlisle and Glasgow via Dumfries will face delays from Monday morning.

Two engineering trains collided on Saturday morning damaging the track. No one was hurt.

Trains between Glasgow Central and Carlisle via Dumfries will terminate at Kilmarnock and start back from Dumfries. Replacement buses will run between Kilmarnock and Dumfries.

A crane is being brought in to remove the wagons before the repairs can begin. The line is expected to be closed for about two weeks.

Once the derailed wagons have been recovered the repair work will take approximately three days to complete. Therefore it is expected that the line will remain closed for a number of days. During this time passenger services will start and terminate at Dumfries and Kilmarnock and freight traffic will be diverted via West Coast Main Line and Paisley.

– Network Rail

Two teenagers rescued after chased by sheep

Two teenagers had to be brought to safety by mountain rescuers after apparently being chased by sheep in the Lake District.

The pair had set off for a walk from a Youth Hostel near Glenridding last night but got lost on the hills.

They reported being chased by wild animals but the Patterdale Mountain Rescue team believe it was a flock of Herdwick Sheep.

The two men were helped back to the hostel at Greenside mines unhurt.

It was a bit of bit of a baaaarmy night so the two men weren't in any danger of suffering from hypothermia - although they were clearly shaken and very grateful for the Team's assistance.

Whilst driving up the track from Glenridding to the Youth Hostel about 2300 we spotted a light from a mobile phone about thirty metres below us. It didn't take long for two team members to descend down and help the men back to the Landrover. We were obviously quite concerned when the fellas said they had been chased by wild animals, especially given all the recent reports of wild cats in Cumbria. Once we arrived it quickly became apparent that men had been chased by a couple of Herdwicks. Clearly this isn't a common occurrence in the Lakes, and in fact, I don't think I've ever heard of this happening before.

The two men, from Bracknell in the South of England, probably didn't realise that there weren't street lights everywhere. It's wise, even if only walking a few hundred meters, to take a torch in the dark.

– Mike Blakey, Team Leader - Patterdale Mountain Rescue

Biker injured in crash

A motorcyclist is being treated in hospital after suffered leg injuries in a crash in the Scottish Borders. The incident happened on the A7 just north of Heriot at Falahill around 12.45pm on Saturday. A blue Ford Mondeo car was in a collision with the Suzuki motorcycle. Paramedics treated the male biker at the scene before he was taken by ambulance to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Police Scotland say that an investigation is ongoing.

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Three more in hospital after Kendal Calling drug warning

Kendal Calling drug warning Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are urging people at Kendal Calling not to take any drugs after three more people were taken to hospital on Saturday.

A 29-year-old man from Manchester is in a critical condition, an 18-year-old man from Carlisle and a 34-year-old from Manchester are both in a serious but stable condition. Their families have all been told.

Christian Pay, 18, from Millom died on Friday in what police are calling suspected "substance abuse."

Four other people were taken to hospital on Friday. Two have been released and two others remain in a serious but stable condition.

Police say there is a risk that "powerful and dangerous" substances remain in circulation at the festival.

Event organisers are urging anyone who feels unwell to tell staff as soon as possible.

Man critical after incident in Dumfries town centre

A man's fighting for his life in hospital after being injured in an incident in Dumfries.

The 44 year old suffered serious head injuries and his condition is described as 'critical' by doctors at the hospital in Edinburgh were he is being treated.

Police were called at around 01:15am today to a report of a serious assault on a man following a disturbance in Queensberry Street, Dumfries.

He was taken by ambulance to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary but later transferred to the Western General Infirmary in Edinburgh.

Detectives in Dumfries are continuing enquiries and appealing for information.

Our investigation is ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and officers are currently carrying out door to door enquiries and studying CCTV footage to gather more information on this incident and whoever is responsible.

Officers are following a number of lines of enquiry and I would urge anyone who witnessed this incident take place, or who has any information that may assist our investigation to contact Police Scotland on 101.

– Det Chief Insp Colin Burnie from Dumfries and Galloway Division
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