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30 people sign up to become Blood Bikers

30 bikers have already signed up for a new scheme which delivers emergency medical materials to those most in need.

Blood Bike riders will need to go through a rigorous training programme before getting accreditation to ride for the service.

"The bikers can actually use their own bikes or they can use the livery bikes that we have. If they use their own bikes they simply have to take a short assessment to see that they are safe in what they do, if they want to use the livery bikes they have to be an advanced rider with the AIM or Rostera.

"The bikes are equipped with blues and twos so we do a little bit of training for blues and twos so that people are aware of what's reburied when they're being used."

– Alan Bragg, Blood Bikes Cumbria & S.W Scotland

Top Tips for a tip top bank holiday barbecue

The Food Standards Agency are issuing top barbecuing tips ahead of the bank holiday weekend
The Food Standards Agency are issuing top barbecuing tips ahead of the bank holiday weekend Credit: PA

The weather forecasters may be saying that summer is over but the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are continuing to dish out advice ahead of England's bank holiday weekend.

Cases of food poisoning almost double during the summer, and research shows that the undercooking of raw meat and the contamination of bacteria onto the food we eat are among the main reasons.

If you're planning a bank holiday barbecue this weekend, the FSA have some top tips on how to avoid food poisoning.

  • Pre-cook the meat or poultry in the oven first and then finish it off on the barbecue for flavour.
  • Charred doesn’t mean cooked make sure that burgers, sausages, chicken and all meats are properly cooked by cutting into the meat and checking that it is steaming hot all the way through, that none of it is pink and that any juices run clear.
  • Disposable barbecues take longer always check that your meat is cooked right through.
  • Avoid cross-contamination by storing raw meat separately before cooking, use different utensils, plates and chopping boards for raw and cooked food.
  • Don’t wash raw chicken or other meat, it just splashes germs.

For more information you can visit the Food Standards Agency website.

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Toddler 'seriously injured' after being run over by car

An 18-month-old baby boy has been run over in Cumbria.

The baby sustained serious leg, pelvic and abdominal injuries during the incident which happened yesterday, Monday 18 August, in the car park of Lime House School in Dalston.

Paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service were called to the scene.

The child was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for specialist care. The circumstances of the incident are not yet clear.

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Bogus caller warning for D&G residents

Home owners in Dumfries and Galloway are being warned about bogus callers operating in their area.

Police say that on Saturday, 16 August, six houses in the Eastriggs and Annan areas were visited by a man who said he needed access to the buildings to check for damp in leaks.

All the houses targeted were occupied by elderly people.

Two houses one in The Crescent and one in Annan Road in Eastriggs, and three houses in Annan, in Queensway, Charles Street and Waterfoot Road were affected.

The man has been described as:

  • about 5’3” tall
  • with ginger hair and a beard
  • wearing a baseball cap
  • speaking with an English accent
  • driving a 'North West Roofing' van

The man was refused entry to some of the houses, but did gain entry to three of them, walking around under the pretence of checking for damp or leaks.

At this stage nothing has been reported stolen.

"Never let anyone into your home whom you don’t know if they cannot provide identification as to who they are, and a valid reason for why they require access. If in doubt, call the company that the caller is from if they have identification. If still in doubt call the police on 101 and we will happily check them out.

"Genuine callers are never offended by being asked for identification, and are happy to provide it. They understand the dangers of being taken for a bogus caller."

– Constable Alan Gribbon, Police Scotland

Anyone looking for advice or assistance with how to deal with bogus callers should call Police Scotland on 101 and ask to speak to their local Crime Reduction Officer who will make an appointment to call and offer suitable home security advice.

Gold for Borders wheelchair racer

A wheelchair racer from the Scottish Borders has claimed the first Gold for Great Britain at the Swansea IPC European Championships.

Samantha Kinghorn from Gordon in Berwickshire won the 400m, in her first appearance for Great Britain.

Blood Bikers saving lives across our region

All the motorcyclists involved are volunteers, on-call 24/7
All the motorcyclists involved are volunteers, on-call 24/7 Credit: ITV News Border

Motorcyclists across the region have signed up for the scheme which will provide free out of hours transport for blood between hospitals.

The 'Blood Bikers' will be on-call 24 hours a say, seven days a week, so that crucial medical supplies will be able to reach those who need it most.

 Over 30 bikers have already signed up for the scheme
Over 30 bikers have already signed up for the scheme Credit: ITV News Border

All registered Blood Bike riders will need to go through a rigorous training programme before getting accreditation to ride for the service.

Previously emergency supplies would have to be sent by taxis.

That money can go towards patient care and other key NHS frontline services.

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