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Fracking in Canonbie put on hold

Campaigners in Canonbie have welcomed the news that fracking will will be put on hold in Scotland until a full inquiry is carried out.

The Scottish Government says local communities must be consulted about the impact of any controversial drilling techniques.

In Canonbie there were plans to extract unconventional gas at twenty sites around the village, but Scotland's environment agency has been told not to grant any licences.

Environmentalists have welcomed the move but say there should be an outright ban.

The Conservatives think blocking fracking will damage Scotland's economy.

First Milk accused of 'letting a lot of people down'

First Milk has been accused of 'letting a lot of people down'.

The cooperative, which delayed payments to producers, was among organisations questioned at Holyrood today as MSPs begin an inquiry into the drop in milk prices.

Among those giving evidence was dairy farmer Kenneth Campbell, who is confident the industry in Dumfries and Galloway will survive.


MSP calls for action at European level

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead raised the issue at a meeting in Brussels today Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The Scottish Government has called for action at a European level to help dairy farmers who have been hit by falling milk prices.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead discussed the issue of milk prices at a meeting of the Council of Ministers in Brussels today.

The price of a two-litre carton of milk has dropped to £1 in many supermarkets.

Mr Lochhead has said he understands that Scottish dairy farmers are facing a "real struggle".

“We also know that this is a problem affecting farmers in many countries across the EU. That is why it is crucial that we consider what can be done at a European level to support farmers, protect our dairy industry and safeguard its contribution to our economy and natural larder.

"I hope we can agree on action across Europe that helps to give our dairy industry a brighter future."

– MSP Richard Lochhead, Rural Affairs Secretary


First Milk meets Border region's dairy farmers

Some dairy farmers' milk payments were withheld. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Dairy farmers from the Border region will today meet representatives from First Milk, the co-operative owned by British farmers.

Last Monday the group announced that payment to around 1,000 milk suppliers would be delayed for two weeks, because of falling prices.

Now, First Milk will meet member farmers in Carlisle to explain why their payment was withheld.

Watch: Cumbrian firm build tomb fit for a king

Hannah McNulty reports on the Cumbrian firm that have provided the tomb and flooring that will surround the remains of King Richard III when they are reburied.

Pictures of Richard III excavation courtesy of the University of Leicester. Artist's impression courtesy of van Heyningen and Haward Architects

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