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Headstones damaged at Dumfries cemetery

Two gravestones have been damaged in the Troqueer Cemetery in Dumfries.

Police say the headstones were pushed over and flowers had been scattered around the graves at some point between Saturday, 16, and Sunday, 17 August.

The foundations of the stones were left damages but the stones themselves were not.

"It is appalling that people can carry out an act such as this in a place like a graveyard. These places are not playgrounds and people should not use them as such."

– Constable Gary Adair, Police Scotland

Anyone with any information which may help trace those responsible is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Tourism centre will be on a 'great visitor line of Europe'

The First Minister says a new tourism centre to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland will make the Border Rail line of of the 'great visitor lines of Eurpoe'.

Alex Salmond unveiled the plans for the new centre in Tweedbank today, Wednesday 20 August, on the same day that he announced the first trains on the new Borders Railway will run from 6 September, 2015.

Police and Crime Commissioner holds surgery

Today's surgery was one of seven being held across the county
Today's surgery was one of seven being held across the county Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner has been holding a public surgery today, Wednesday 20 August, in Penrith.

Most people have spoken to him about issues like neighbourly disputes
Most people have spoken to him about issues like neighbourly disputes Credit: ITV News Border

Richard Rhodes say the surgeries allow locals a chance to highlight their concerns about policing in the county.

He's holding another surgery in Carlisle tomorrow, followed by ones in Maryport, Kendal, and Alston.

Police in the Borders investigate hit and run

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses after a hit and run incident in Stow yesterday, Tuesday 19 August.

A silver Mazda car hit three other parked vehicles on the A7 Galashiels Road at about 7.45pm.

Police say the Mazda hit the other cars with 'significant force' and continued down a small embankment before coming to a stop.

The male driver and female passenger of the Mazda then left the car and began to travel northwards, towards Edinburgh, by foot.

The man is described as white, 5ft 8in, of medium build, and he was wearing a dark blue t-shirt and jeans.

“No one was hurt during this incident but there was extensive damage to all four cars, and we are working very hard to identify those responsible.

“A 29-year-old woman was detained and then released pending further enquiries, and our officers are following a positive line of enquiry."

– Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, Police Scotland

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Multi-million pound Border tourism centre announced

The Great Tapestry of Scotland will move to Tweedbank by 2016
The Great Tapestry of Scotland will move to Tweedbank by 2016 Credit: ITV News Border

Alex Salmond has been in the Scottish Borders to announce plans for a new tourism centre in Tweedbank.

The First Minister made the announcement as he visited the Tweedbank station of the Borders Railway.

The First trains will run on the Borders railway by 6 September 2015
The First trains will run on the Borders railway by 6 September 2015 Credit: ITV News Border

The multi-million pound site will host The Great Tapestry of Scotland - the world's longest tapestry, detailing the nation's history.

The announcement was made by the First Minister as he also unveiled plans for the first trains to run on the Borders Railway from 6 September 2015.

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Eastbourne MP says pier death is 'devastating'

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said Mr Penrice's death was "devastating" and he would be talking to the pier worker's family and colleagues to pass on the condolences of the town.

The Liberal Democrat said: "This is desperately sad news and I know I speak for the whole town when I say the thoughts of everyone from Eastbourne and beyond are with his family and friends. Words are often inadequate at being able to capture such awful events."

He added: "I am aware that Mr Penrice had worked on our pier for around seven years as part of the constant remedial work that the pier owners, Cuerden Leisure, carry out on all the piers they own across the UK. This means he knew Eastbourne well.

"I am sure the many friends he had locally are utterly distraught over the appalling accident. I will be meeting his work colleagues as soon as humanly possible to express the town's sorrow at the death of their friend."

Picking your coffin - now there's an app for that

Death is not a subject we like to talk about too much, but a coffin manufacturer in Annan has come up with a different way to deal with it.

As well as making hundreds of coffins each week for distribution across the North West of England and Southern Scotland, DFS Caskets has produced an app for tablets, pc's and mobile phones so you can take your time to pick the right coffin.

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