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Scottish Government announces fracking ban

"Fracking cannot, and will not take place in Scotland" Credit: PA

The Scottish Government has announced a ban on fracking.

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse confirmed the government will outlaw the controversial gas extraction technique in Scotland.

A moratorium on the practice has been in place since January 2015 and the government's decision follows extensive consideration of reports on its potential impact.

Mr Wheelhouse said: "Fracking cannot, and will not take place in Scotland."

A public consultation on the issue received more than 60,000 responses, 99% of which were opposed to fracking.

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Bath time for Roman dig volunteers in Carlisle

Volunteers will help uncover remains for the next four weeks Credit: ITV Border

An archaeological dig is underway in Carlisle to uncover the 4th century remains of a Roman bath house.

Volunteers will work on the site, uncovered near the River Eden in the Stanwix area in May, for the next four weeks. It is hoped the site will become a major tourist attraction:

The site was uncovered near the River Eden in May Credit: ITV Border
Ladies ring, with a key on to unlock a jewellery box Credit: ITV Border
Items uncovered date back to the 4th century Credit: ITV Border
Ladies ring, with a key on to unlock a jewellery box (Seen above) Credit: ITV Border

Up to 15 people a day will be involved in the dig daily - except Sundays - until Saturday 7 October.

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