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Funeral plan scam targets D&G residents

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Police are investigating reports of a funeral plan telephone scam in Dumfries and Galloway.

The victim receives a telephone call from a person pretending to be from a company selling funeral plans and then advises they are from the local council.

Although the cover story changes, as with all scams the person on the other end of the phone is intent on obtaining a financial gain from you, whether it be banking details or payment for a product or service that never materialises.

“The basic advice is do not deal with cold callers, if you require a product, service or other work carried out contact reputable companies and get a minimum of three quotes. Never give out personal or banking details to cold callers, irrespective of how they contact you, whether they attend at your door, contact you by telephone or by email.”

– Community Officer Constable Clark Logie

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Northern relief road plans to be reviewed

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A Northern relief road to ease congestion in Kendal is a step closer.

Cumbria County Council has looked at four options to improve infrastructure and ease traffic when the M6 is shut.

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has asked the transport secretary to fund the scheme.

This route would ease congestion in our town and give a huge boost to the employment areas off Shap Road and Appleby Road.

“The gridlock we've had when the M6 has been closed recently has made the need for this new road all the more obvious. “The minister said he'll meet with me to discuss the plans - I'm determined this bypass should be built.”

– Tim Farron MP, Westmorland and Lonsdale

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WATCH: Pride of Britain nominee John Kane

It's time to meet the fourth and final finalist in our ITV Fundraiser awards, which is part of the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards.

All this week we've been featuring four amazing fundraisers that you've nominated.The winner from the ITV Border region will be announced on Friday, but before that...

Our fourth and final nominee is John Kane from west Cumbria, who, after an early diagnosis with Parkinson's, dedicated his time to raising money to help others with the condition. Hannah McNulty went to meet him:

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Police probe suspicious fire

The fire in Dumfries was started deliberately, police say Credit: Police Scotland

A fire which badly damaged a van parked in Dumfries is being treated as suspicious by the police.

Police Scotland believe a fire which enveloped a Ford Transit van in the small car park opposite Sunderries Road in Sandside, Dumfries, in the early hours of this morning was started deliberately.

The fire was discovered at around 2am this morning when a loud bang was heard from the area. The Fire and Rescue Service were alerted and extinguished the fire.

Constable Lawrence Nelson at Dumfries said: “We have had reports about a group of people hanging around the area of Sunderries Road/Stakeford Street earlier in the evening and we want to hear from anyone who can help us in this investigation.”

Callers can contact us at Dumfries on the 101 number.

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