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Llama on the loose caught by police

The llama. Credit: Dumfries Police

Police in Dumfries had to deal with an unusual incident in the early hours of Wednesday morning... when they were called to reports of a llama on the side of the road.

Officers managed to guide it from Edinburgh Road, back into a field at Dalscone Farm Fun Park.

Posting on Facebook, the force said helping the animal was "no prob-llama".

As police officers we undertake lots of training to make sure we can respond to any situation, however we must have missed the page about dealing with an escaped llama in the middle of Dumfries during our nightshifts!

But ever the professionals it was no prob-llama for our cops who alpaca'd his bags and returned him home.

– Dumfries Police

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Bassenthwaite ospreys welcome third chick

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Three osprey chicks have finally hatched at a popular tourist attraction in the Lake District.

Just before Easter, the popular osprey couple arrived back at Bassenthwaite, laying three eggs in April.

The osprey chicks, which hatched on 18, 19 and 22 May, are doing well according to staff at the Lake District Osprey Project.

This is the fifth year that this particular pair of ospreys have successfully hatched chicks here at Bassenthwaite Lake. The female, known as ‘KL’ and her partner who is not ringed, are a successful pair and have captured the imaginations of the thousands of visitors who have come to see them over the last five years. I would encourage everyone, whether you are local or visiting the area, to come and see these magnificent birds this summer and get the latest updates on their fascinating story.”

– Paul Brady from the Lake District Osprey Project

Dog rescued by Stranraer lifeboat team

Stranraer pier. Credit: ITV Border

Stranraer's RNLI volunteers have rescued a dog that was trapped beneath the town's pier.

They were called just after 5pm yesterday afternoon to help the frightened pet, called Storm, which was stuck on a set of steps below the pier.

The lifeboat was not needed, but two team members donned their drysuits, lifejackets and helmets, and descended the pier ladder to rescue the dog.

They managed to clip on its lead, and coax it into the water, where Storm swam with the volunteers back to the pier ladder and was reunited with its owners, who later took to Facebook to voice their gratitude.

Thank you so much for rescuing my dog!! It's good to know you were able to help. Thank you from Storm who is none the worse for his ordeal.

– Storm's owner

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Police appeal: Horses' manes cut in Workington

Horses in a field. Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire/PA Images

Police are appealing for witnesses, after the manes of two horses were cut in Workington.

The incident happened between 5pm and 7:30pm on Tuesday 2 May.

The piebald horses were grazing in a field near to the Thomas Armstrong concrete plant on Derwent Howe, when their manes were cut.

Anyone with information should contact Cumbria Police on 101.

Dumfries police 'quack' unusual case

The ducklings were found in the town centre. Credit: Dumfries Police
The ducklings were found in the town centre. Credit: Dumfries Police

Police in Dumfries and Galloway "quacked" an unusual case this weekend.

Community officers found a group of ducklings, with their confused mother, in Dumfries town centre.

They were able to round them up and return them safely to the water, and posted the story on their Facebook page to raise awareness of the extra work police officers carry out in their communities.

'Eggs-citement' as Bassenthwaite osprey lays three eggs

The osprey has laid three eggs. Credit: Lake District Osprey Project

Three osprey eggs have been spotted at a popular tourist attraction in the Lake District.

Just before Easter, Bassenthwaite Lake's regular osprey couple returned.

Members of the Lake District Osprey Project have now confirmed that a hat-trick of eggs, laid over a week, are being looked after by both parents.

We’re so eggs-cited that KL and her partner have three eggs in the nest.

This is the fifth year that these particular ospreys have returned to Bassenthwaite and they’ve had 15 eggs in that time, so they are a very successful pair.

– Cath Johnson, of the LDOP

The osprey viewpoint can be found at Dodd Wood every day from 10am to 5pm until the end of August.

At nearby Whinlatter Visitor Centre visitors can also watch live nest cam images on flat screen televisions, between 10am and 5pm.

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