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New rescue dog finds unconscious missing person

Handler John with dog Rauour Credit: Mark Hogarth/Pawsed Photography

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team found a missing woman last night with the help of a new rescue dog.

Three-year-old Rauour and handler John, a member of Tweed Valley MRT, found the unconscious woman at 8pm after a three hour search in the Innerleithen area.

Because of the woman’s dark clothing and distance into the woodland, the Mountain Rescue Team claim it was Rauour’s sensitive nose that located the woman.

A Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter helped in the search Credit: Scott Amos

Despite the difficult conditions, a Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter from HMS Gannet was also scrambled and used its infrared camera to assist in the search.

The helicopter then airlifted the woman to hospital.

The helicopter airlifted the woman to hospital Credit: Scott Amos

Tweed Valley MRT believe Rauour helped to save the woman's life.

“The conditions were pretty bad with strong winds and driving snow – it’s a safe to say that the combined efforts of John & Rauour, Tweed Valley MRT, Police and the Royal Navy saved the woman’s life.”

– Dave Wright, Deputy Team Leader

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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

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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.

Big Garden Bird Watch takes flight

People are invited to count the birds in their gardens. Credit: ITV Border

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is asking people from Cumbria and the South of Scotland to get involved in this year's Big Garden Bird Watch.

The survey takes place this weekend and requires people to spend an hour counting birds in their garden.

Around half a million people took part last year, counting more than seven million birds.

You can get involved, and see how many birds have been counted so far, here.

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