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Thousands object to pylon plans

The planned route. Credit: ITV Border

The deadline for complaints about a planned power line, to run through Dumfries and Galloway, has passed.

Scottish Power Energy Networks is planning to upgrade the line, which runs from Auchencrosh to Harker, because it says the current electricity system in the region dates to the 1930s, and is outdated.

Four new substations would be created, at Auchencrosh, Newton Stewart, Glenlee and Dumfries.

They say the route for the power line has been chosen to minimise any negative impact on the people, and landscape.

But ITV Border understands there have been thousands of objections, many centred on the size of the new pylons, which protestors say will be 150 ft tall.


Farmer: 'Dog owners should be more responsible for their animals near livestock'

A Cumbrian farmer is urging dog walkers to keep their pets under control this Bank Holiday after one of his animals drowned while allegedly being chased.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing at least two dogs attacking sheep near a pond in Brampton yesterday afternoon. Cumbria Police say that they are investigating the incident.

Farmer David Armstrong said that dog owners should be more responsible for their animals when they are near livestock.


NFU: 'Rural crime will not be tolerated'

NFU warn theft of livestock will not be tolerated Credit: PA

The National Farmers Union Scotland are warning people that rural crime will not be tolerated.

It comes after 250 sheep and lambs were stolen from a farm near Moffat.

The animals, worth around £20,000 were taken during the night and there's been no trace of them since.

The owner of the sheep has been farming the land for decades and was left devastated by the theft. NFU Scotland are urging everyone to be vigilant:

Although this isn't a common occurrence in Dumfries and Galloway, it is a reminder for everyone to be aware of what's going on around them in the countryside.

Farmers need to make sure everything is securely locked and any members of the public who notice suspicious behaviour are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

This is a terrible case of rural crime and difficult for all involved."

– Teresa Dougll, NFU Scotland

Development of Peebles forest

Glentress Forest Credit: ITV Border

People are being asked how a Borders forest could be improved as a recreation area and tourist attraction.

A twelve week consultation is taking place that could see new walking and biking trails being developed at Glentress Forest near Peebles.

Cyclists at Glentress Peel Credit: ITV Border

WATCH: 'No other industry gets this sort of support'

Milk prices Credit: ITV Border

Hundreds of our region's farmers and those with a stake in the dairy industry are meeting in just over an hours' time in Cumbria.

It comes as milk producers say current prices are going to force many of them out of business.

Dozens have already taken direct action in our local supermarkets, leading cows down shopping aisles and taking part in "trolley dashes" to empty shelves of milk.

But one leading agricultural economist has said dairy farmers should not expect "hard pressed" consumers to subsidise them.

Matthew Taylor has this report:

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