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Busy year for Borders Pet Rescue

The centre is run by volunteers Credit: ITV Border News

A rehoming Centre is the Scottish Borders says it has had an exceptionally busy year, finding homes for 25% more animals than usual.

Border Pet Rescue near Earlston re-homes dogs, cats and rabbits.

Centre Manager Simon Cullum says it's important that people think carefully about getting a pet in the first place.

Rocky the dog is looking for a home Credit: ITV Border News

"It is very rare in our experience that you get wilful neglect of animals, it is more the fact that born out of ignorance of what the dog needs in the first instance. Time, the facilities that it has got to have, you have got to be prepared to train and socialise the dog, exercise the dog, so you have really got to think about what kind of dog it is you are interested in and have you what that dog needs in terms of a nice healthy and happy life."

– Border Pet Rescue Manager Simon Cullum

'The generation that nearly climbed itself into extinction'

A mountaineer from Cumbria has written a book celebrating a style of alpine climbing pioneered in the 1970s and 1980s.

So-called 'Light and Fast' climbing was risky, and many climbers lost their lives. John Porter's book tells the story of a fateful climb in the Himalayas, where he witnessed his friend fall to his death.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports:

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Ongoing outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea closes D&G hospitals

An ongoing outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea has resulted in the closure to admissions and transfers and suspension of visiting to Ward 16 at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and Annan Hospital.

In Ward 16 a total of 7 patients and 3 members of staff reported symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting yesterday.

In Annan Hospital a total of 5 patients have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting, clinically consistent with viralgastroenteritis.

Members of the public who need to visit either hospitals are are being advised the following information:

  • Routine visiting to Ward 16 and Annan Hospital remain suspended. To avoid potential for further spread members of the public seeking to visit relatives and friends in this ward are advised not to travel whilst outbreak measures are ongoing.
  • If relatives are concerned about their loved ones, they should contact the ward for advice before coming to the hospital.
  • Members of the public visiting other areas of the hospital are asked to comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place. by using the gel dispensers located around the hospital.
  • If you have experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting please allow at least 48 hours since your last symptom before visiting the hospital.

“We can confirm that viral gastroenteritis is circulating in the community. We would urge anyone with suspected symptoms to stay at home for at least 48 hours following their last symptom, drink lots of fluid and pay particular attention to hand hygiene with soap and water”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager

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Co-founder of Wickerman Festival in hospital following shooting

Jamie Gilroy, co-founder and owner of The Wickerman Festival Credit: ITV Border News

The owner of the Wickerman Festival was fighting for his life last night in hospital.

Jamie Gilroy, co-founder and owner of The Wickerman Festival site at Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright, was found badly Injured on his farm at East Kirkcarswell yesterday morning.

Mr Gilroy, 66, was rushed to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary with serious head injuries after what is believed to have been a shooting incident.

“We are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery thismorning of a 66-year-old man found with serious injuries at EastKirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright.”

– Police Scotland

Mr Gilroy was treated at the farm by ambulance personnel before being taken to hospital where he is currently being treated for a serious head injury.

CID and uniformed officers spent most of the day at the farm which is also home to the Wickerman Festival which is held over two days in July each year. Police are not believed to be looking for anyone in connection with the incident.

One man who knows the family said:

“It is a tremendous shock for everyone around here. He was very well known, not only around here but all over the country through the Wickerman Festival. It is a terribly thing for the family and everyone’s thoughts are with them at this time.”

– One man who knows the family
The Wickerman Festival Credit: ITV Border News

The Wickerman Festival is often called Scotland's Alternative Music festival, the festival was started in 2001 when the festival’s former artistic director Sid Ambrose took the idea to Jamie and the festival was set up in a natural amphitheatre of 120acres of grazing land at East Kirkcarswell Farm.

On Wednesday Mr Gilroy was at a meeting of the Stewartry District Licensing Board applying for licences for next year's festival.

Mr Gilroy farms at East Kirkcarswell Farm and normally has a stock of around 1000 ewes and more than 250 cows.

Councillor Gilroy is the Conservative councillor for Dee ward and was first elected in 1999, previously serving as councillor for the former Kirkcudbright Tarff ward.

Text Santa extravaganza on ITV tonight

Text Santa appeal Credit: ITV News

Ant and Dec will be taking part in ITV's Text Santa programme tonight.

The annual charity show will feature a specially written scene of George Clooney in Downton Abbey.

Six charities benefit from Text Santa. This year's charities are Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, Well Child, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer's Society and Together for Short Lives.

This years charities Credit: ITV News
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