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Police appeal for night-time 'county watch' volunteers

Police are appealing for volunteers. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for Cumbrians to join 'country watch' teams, to help tackle rural crime.

'Nights of action' will be held in south Cumbria, where vetted volunteers meet for a formal briefing before heading to observation points.

From 8pm and 2am they will alert police to any suspicious vehicles that would not normally be on the roads at that time.

No-one would be expected to stop or challenge anyone or to confront criminals in any way.

These nights of action are already successfully running in north Cumbria.

Communities need to work together to deal with local issues, and this is a great example of how people can get involved. Please do get in touch if you wish to put your name forward, this is a great way to work with the police and make a real contribution to the community.

– Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall

Anyone who would like to volunteer is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to Sgt Scott O’Neill if you’d like to help in the south of the county or PC Shirley Murray if you’d like to help in the north of the county.

Dumfries & Galloway's 'Wild Lands' specified

Two areas in Dumfries and Galloway have been chosen. Credit: ITV Border

Two locations in Dumfries and Galloway have been named as 'wild lands' by Scottish Natural Heritage.

The areas near Merrick and Moffat are recognised as important habitats for wildlife that need protecting.

They were selected as 'wild lands' in 2014, but descriptions of the areas have now been published, to help the authorities when it comes to planning developments.

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Sanquhar community farm desperate for new land

A community farm in Sanquhar may be forced to re-home some of their animals if more land can't be found before the summer.

Clark's Little Ark was set up in memory of 19-year-old Clark Shankly, who died from Cerebral Palsy in 2012.

The farm is popular with local nursery school children and also provides a volunteering service. Lori Carnochan reports:

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