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Dumfries & Galloway Police win award

A project to ensure festival-goers were safe to drive the next day has won the Consultation and Community Engagement award in the Police Scotland Local Policing Year One Awards.

Dumfries and Galloway police officers awarded Credit: Police Scotland

Officers based at ‘V’ Division in Dumfries and Galloway were rewarded for their work at the Wickerman Festival to stop music fans from drinking and driving by setting up a ‘breath test staging post’ where people could voluntarily be breath-tested to ensure they were safe to drive the morning after the concert.

This was undertaken by a plain clothed police officer to alleviate any anxiety or perceived stigma over accessing this service. If the individual had alcohol in their system, especially if above the legal limit, they were advised not to drive.

The officers also linked in with trained alcohol workers to provide educational information about the effects of alcohol.

Judges commented that the winning project showed “direct engagement on an important issue, prevents drink-driving as well as increasing awareness and challenging perceptions.”

“The Local Policing Year One Awards recognise innovation and excellence in delivering policing across Scotland and share best practice.

The Awards enable us to celebrate the achievements of Police Scotland officers and staff and their partners in keeping people safe and tackling the policing priorities identified by local communities.”

– Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick

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Baby meerkat surprises staff at Wetheriggs

The baby meerkat has not yet been named Credit: ITV Border

Staff at the Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre were surprised by a new arrival while clearing out the meerkats' pen.

They found a tiny baby meerkat, too small to move by herself, on the floor of the pen.

Doris, the baby's mother, gave birth to triplets in spring, but this time around nobody knew she was pregnant.

Staff at the Centre are currently moving the animals to a new home in County Durham, but this baby meerkat will be the last leave, as she's still too young for the journey.

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Northern Lights: Top photography tips

Tonight is the best chance to see the Northern Lights in our region for a long time.

No guarantees - but if it does happen you might want to know how to photograph it.

Viewer Alison Leddy has given us her top tips for capturing the phenomenon on camera.

Go as far away from any light pollution as possible and look to the north for clear dark skies.

The coast is generally the best.

Be prepared for a long wait and keep taking photos and checking on your camera.

– Alison Leddy
Alison captured this shot earlier this year Credit: Alison Leddy

A lot of the time it isn't visible to the naked eye but because you are doing a long exposure, your camera's sensor picks up the light and colours.

Best tip ever is to wrap up warm, it could turn into a long night.

– Alison Leddy

If you do get a picture you can email me your pictures to:

weatherpics@itv.com

Or Tweet me:

@Ross_Hutchinson

And good luck!!

Maryport man devotes time for troops

In the latest in our Pride of Britain finalists for the Border region is Ryan Winthrop.

For the past four years, he's personally collected and sent out hundreds of parcels to troops serving in some of the world's most dangerous places. He calls them "parcels of thanks" - so that the men and women serving our country know that they aren't forgotten.

Matthew Taylor went to meet him at his Maryport home.

If you're interested in donating too, boxed items can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Any Co-Operative funeral branch in Cumbria
  • How Bazaar fancy dress shop in Maryport

Or visit the Support Our Soldiers website.

Mum hopes to build holiday retreat for disabled children

The third nominee for the regional Pride Of Britain Fundraiser of the Year has been announced.

The awards are backed by The Daily Mirror with the ITV Border regional winner getting an invite to a star studded ceremony in London.

Today's finalist is a mum from Abbeytown who runs a Spina Bifida awareness campaign and is hoping to build a holiday retreat for disabled children in the name of her son who was born with just 2 per cent of his brain.

For more information, visit http://www.hugsfornoah.co.uk/

Mum raises £100,000 after child dies of rare illness

The second nominee for the regional Pride Of Britain Fundraiser of the Year has been announced.

The awards are backed by The Daily Mirror with the ITV Border regional winner getting an invite to a star studded ceremony in London.

Today's finalist is a mum from Workington who's raised almost £100,000 for charity. Katie Hunter's been to meet her:

Find out more about the Rainbow Trust charity by clicking here.

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