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Study suggests golden eagles could make their return

A new report has been published suggesting golden eagles could flourish again in the south of Scotland, given the right environment.

The paper, produced by Scottish Natural Heritage, shows that the area could sustain up to 16 breeding pairs of the iconic bird.

At the moment there are just one or two pairs attempting to breed in Galloway, and possibly three pairs in the Borders.

Fiona McIlwraith went to woodland near Moffat to meet one of the experts who compiled the report.

Rise in RNLI call-outs prompts new drowning warning

New figures released by the RNLI show that the number of coastal deaths has reached its highest level for four years.

In 2012/2013 thirteen people died in our coastal waters - four in the seas off Cumbria, five off Dumfries and Galloway and, on the East coast, four died off the Scottish Borders' shoreline.

The RNLI is now launching another campaign to raise awareness of water danger.

Lori Carnochan reports.


Couple racially assaulted in Eyemouth

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a couple were racially assaulted in Eyemouth.

The incident happened at 11pm on Tuesday, 22 July outside the Kurdi Grill takeaway and a 24-year-old man received 'serious' facial injuries.

Police say the Pakistani man and his Latvian wife were walking their dog in Market Place when they were approached by an unknown suspect..

The man was taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment.

"We are treating this serious assault as a racially aggravated attack.

"We will not tolerate any form of hate crime and anyone found to be involved in crimes of this nature can expect to be dealt with by Police Scotland."

– Inspector John Scott, Police Scotland

Anyone with any information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

New nuclear plan launched after Cumbria rejects bid

The Government has launched a new long term plan to deal with the UK's radioactive waste, after plans to put it in Cumbria were rejected a year ago.

The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage
The Sellafield nuclear site was previously considered as a possible site for the underground storage Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council turned down plans to build a 12 billion pounds underground nuclear waste store in our region last year.

Under today's new strategy, the Government will survey the whole country to find out where would be most suitable to store the waste.

The survey will take two years to complete.


Parking charges divide opinion in Carlisle

Dozens of streets in Carlisle could soon be subject to on-street parking charges.

The County Council wants to enforce the fees across Cumbria and says charges are necessary amid budget cuts.

Some traders say it will harm their businesses because they don't think people will pay to park, but others have welcomed the move as a way to ease congestion.

Council approve West Cumbrian school closure

Cumbria County Council have today approved the move to close two failing secondary schools in West Cumbria, in favour of replacing them with a single academy.

Southfield Technology College and Stainburn school in Workington will now close in August 2015, delaying the closure from the end of this year.

The proposed new academy will have 1,200 places for school children.

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