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The 'Food Train' delivering Christmas joy

Food Train Credit: ITV Border News

A Big Lottery Funded project in Dumfries is being praised for the work it's doing to help lonely people this Christmas.

The 'Food Train' has volunteers who deliver groceries and offer household support to people int he town.

Research has shown 400,000 people aged over 65 in the UK are worried about being lonely this Christmas. But project 'Food Train' is there to help over the festive period and throughout the year.

Over the last year the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland has awarded £8.4 million to 246 projects helping older people to feel less isolated and more independent in their own homes. The Food Train received £590,474 from our Supporting 21st Century Life fund.

Flood alerts for Cumbria

The last twelve hours have seen heavy rainfall in Cumbria. More heavy rainfall is forecast throughout today and into Tuesday, which will cause rivers to rise further.

Flood alerts have been issued throughout Cumbria:

  • River Greta at Keswick, Keswick Campsite, Rugby Club and Quinta
  • Upper River Eden
  • Rivers Caldew and Petteril
  • Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water

You can keep up to date with flood alerts in the region here: Environment Agency


Flood alerts issued in Southern Scotland

A flood alert has been issued by Scottish Environment Protection Agency for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Current flood alerts in the Scottish Borders:

  • Dawyck to Lyne Ford
  • Drumelzier to Dawyck
  • Peebles (Eddleston Water)
  • Romannobridge to Lyne Station
  • Shiplaw to Crossburn including Eddleston
  • The Tweed from Peebles to Yair Bridge

In Dumfries and Galloway the Whitesands has been issued with a flood alert. Cars in the car parks on the Whitesands are being removed due to the River Nith flooding.

Mountain Rescue team help hill walker near Buttermere

Nineteen members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team were called out to help a hill walker yesterday who became disorientated in the area of Gale Fell.

Rescue teams including the Mountain Rescue Search Dogs association were called out at around 6.20pm and searched the footpaths and fells between Buttermere and Ennerdale.

The missing man from Cleator was eventually located in the vicinity of Gale Fell.

Team members escorted him back down into the valley.

Management of Hadrian's Wall praised in new report

Hadrian's Wall Credit: ITV Border News

The management of Hadrian's Wall has been praised in a report published today.

The Royal Town Planning Institute describes the plan for managing the site as a standout example of forward planning when preserving a world heritage site.

It says it demonstrates how the local steering group and community went the extra mile to consider the whole Wall.


Man seen leaving scene of Dumfries death crash

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a two vehicle road crash between a van and a car which happened at around 0545 this morning.

The crash happened on the A74 northbound carriageway about 1 mile north of Junction 20 in Eaglesfield.

One female has been pronounced dead at the scene. The northbound carriageway at the scene is currently closed and diversions are in place to allow a full crash scene investigation to take place.

Police are appealing for witnesses to trace the following described man who was given a lift north from the scene of this crash to the motorway services at Johnstonebridge.

He is described as a man around 30 years, of Asian appearance, about 6’ tall, dark hair with long sideburns, and was wearing a black coloured quilted Barbour style jacket over a dark jumper which had the letters FC in white on it, dark trousers and may have had a wedding ring. He may have a head injury.

This man was last seen at the petrol pumps and then the main building at the services between 6am and 6.30am this morning.

Anyone who can help in tracing this man is asked to call Police Scotland on 101.

Search for missing person thought to have fallen in River Nith

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