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Thousands object to pylon plans

The planned route. Credit: ITV Border

The deadline for complaints about a planned power line, to run through Dumfries and Galloway, has passed.

Scottish Power Energy Networks is planning to upgrade the line, which runs from Auchencrosh to Harker, because it says the current electricity system in the region dates to the 1930s, and is outdated.

Four new substations would be created, at Auchencrosh, Newton Stewart, Glenlee and Dumfries.

They say the route for the power line has been chosen to minimise any negative impact on the people, and landscape.

But ITV Border understands there have been thousands of objections, many centred on the size of the new pylons, which protestors say will be 150 ft tall.

Gamekeeper fined for 'sickeningly violent' buzzard killing

Mr Dick was fined for a "sickeningly violent" attack. Credit: PA

A Dumfriesshire gamekeeper has today been fined £2,000 for attacking and killing a buzzard.

William Dick had lodged an alibi defence that he had been in attendance at a training course over 100 miles away and would have been on his way home at the time of the offence.

However, he was convicted on 4 August 2015 of killing and having in his possession the bird of prey, on the Newlands Estate, Kirkmahoe, Dumfries in April 2014.

The court heard that two walkers saw Mr Dick with the buzzard hopping around at his feet in an unnatural manner.

They saw him throwing large rocks from above his head at the bird, and stamping on it.

He then placed a bundle wrapped in his jacket into his car, before driving away.

The witnesses contacted the Scottish SPCA, who in turn contacted Police Scotland.

One described the incident as "sickeningly violent".

Scottish SPCA and Police Scotland investigators found a dead hare, feathers and a rock with what they thought was blood on it at the scene.

The rock and feathers were examined by SASA in Edinburgh.

DNA from the feathers were confirmed as being from a buzzard. The carcass of the buzzard killed by the accused has not been recovered.

Birds of prey are given strict protection by our law.

It is highly important to preserve Scotland’s natural heritage, including the wildlife that forms part of it.

We take people breaking our wildlife laws very seriously. This conviction highlights that message.

The Crown will continue to prosecute such cases where appropriate to ensure that offenders are brought to justice.”

– Helen Nisbet, Serious and Organised Crime Division


Reports of man locked in mountain rescue box

Keswick Mountain Rescue's stretcher box. Credit: Keswick Mountain Rescue

A man who climbed into a mountain rescue team's stretcher box to take shelter ended up being locked inside for more than 12 hours, according to reports.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were contacted by another man, who said he'd been walking past the box with his son, when they heard "a knocking sound", and someone shouting "let me out!".

The team has not been able to confirm the reports, but has warned people not to enter the box unless it's essential because of the weather, and to put the equipment back inside after they've finished using it, and let the team know.

The warning has been echoed by Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, who posted the story on their Facebook page:

"As a word of caution on a possibly humorous note this was sent from WMRT, we haven't been able to validate its accuracy but its worth a read just incase you ever find yourself at our box on Styhead Pass":

Myself & my son were walking past the mountain rescue hut at Styhead on Wednesday 26th August 2015, when we heard a knocking sound.

I said to my son did he hear that & we both thought we were imaging it as it was extremely windy, however we then heard " let me out".

We then realised that the knocking was coming from the box, which you can imagine was very strange & unusual. I then heard another cry of "let me out" , after which I spoke to the shelter, "what's going on"?

There we started a conversation with someone who was inside the shelter. We released the latches & with some uneasiness opened the door to the shelter, when we saw a young man all hunched up inside.

He started to get out & informed us that he got caught in a storm the previous night & took refuge in the shelter, only to find that whilst he was asleep someone had locked him in!

He had been in there for over twelve hours waiting for someone to come by to let him out.

He was ok, just very relieved to get out of the box!! Must admit we did find it very amusing...not your usual every day event! Keep up your good work.

– Mystery note to Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

'Whatever I did wasn't good enough': man raising awareness of asthma danger

Imogen was just 17 when she died. Credit: ITV Border

Many people are unaware of how dangerous asthma can be... that's why Michael Edwards has been raising awareness of the condition.

His daughter, Imogen, died following a huge asthma attack when she was just 17.

I phoned her round about twenty to five as I always did, because she'd finished school and I could hear the telly in the background and she's had a bath and she was sitting eating food.

I said oh you're doing fine and she said yes I'm sitting watching the telly dad, just waiting for you to come home.

I then left work, and at about ten to six a text came through for me saying please try and come home quick, with kisses after it as always."

– Michael Edwards

Michael arrived home to find Imogen had suffered a massive asthma attack.

He called 999, and drove Imogen to the bottom of the hill near their home in Wallaceton to wait for the ambulance.

It was then that she collapsed on me, she got out of the car and obviously it seems like an eternity but it wasn't - they were probably here in about ten minutes from Thornhill.

Basically she went and I caught her and laid her down, tried to do what I could you know, tried to give her CPR obviously.

When she had her attack initially it was on the floor in the front room, she looked very white and it can be so sudden. And that time I did CPR and her breath came back... but this time whatever I did wasn't good enough and I failed."

– Michael Edwards

Michael is now doing whatever he can to raise awareness of the condition.

He's known at his work and in his local community for his trademark long hair, but is having it all shaved off to raise money for Asthma UK.

Whatever I can do to try and help people... it's the best thing I can do and it will be a great memorial testament to Imogen."

– Michael Edwards
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