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64-year-old man knocked to the ground in Dumfries

A 64-year-old has been assaulted and knocked to the ground on The Whitesands in Dumfries.

It happened yesterday (25th July) at 13.20. He was not injured in the attack but Police Scotland is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

"It appears that the victim was attacked by a man who was in a group of four people, three males and a female. Whilst he was not injured in this attack he was extremely shaken and we would like to hear from anyone who saw this incident. Witnesses can call using the 101 number.

There are no descriptions of those in the group or of the attacker at this stage."

– Constable Gary Bill, Police Scotland

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World premiere on a Keswick stage

Film stars including Kelly MacDonald and Jessica Hynes were in the Lake District last night for the world premiere of Swallows and Amazons.

They were back on the shores of Derwent water in Keswick, where some of the movie was filmed.

It's based on Arthur Ransome's book which tells the tale of four children who camp on an island in the middle of a Lake.

Katie Hunter was beside the red carpet:

NFU Scotland calls reintroduction of lynx 'brazen' and 'misjudged'

NFU Scotland's Vice President, Rob Livesey, has called Lynx Trust UK's application to reintroduce lynx to the UK "brazen" and "misjudged".

It follows the announcement thatthe conservationists' preferred site for a trial reintroduction to take place is Kielder Forest, spanning Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

In a scathing statement, the Borders livestock farmer and NFU Scotland Vice President referred to the announcement as "brazen and presumptuous":

This most recent statement from the Lynx UK Trust is the latest in a line of brazen and presumptuous announcements from this organisation.

The process for securing permission for the trial release of lynx is long and complex and any application would be subject to considerable analysis and debate.

NFU Scotland is confident that any application by the Lynx UK Trust will receive robust scrutiny, and that the Trust’s expectation of a ‘speedy and positive’ response from Scottish Natural Heritage is misplaced and misjudged.

Farmers and crofters should be confident that NFU Scotland, as a member of the National Species Reintroduction Forum, will represent their best interests and ensure this application is thoroughly scrutinised. If the interests of farming and crofting could be put at risk, NFU Scotland will take all necessary steps to stop this happening.

– Rob Livesey, NFU Scotland Vice President

Cumbrian cricket star due MRI scan on calf injury

Ben Stokes is out for the rest of the season due to a calf injury Credit: PA images

There are fears that Ben Stokes could be out for the rest of the season due to an injury.

It happened during the second Investec Test against Pakistan, England and Wales Cricket Board announced he will have an MRI scan on Tuesday on a calf injury he has suffered.

The England all-rounder from Cockermouth had to miss the rest of the series against Sri Lanka after he underwent knee surgery in May.

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