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St Abbs lifeboat fund receives £250,000 from Tunnocks teacakes

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A Borders village lifeboat which was withdrawn earlier this year to cut costs is set to take to the water again thanks to Tunnocks teacakes.

The people of St Abbs set out to raise half a million pounds for an independent lifeboat after the RNLI withdrew its vessel in September.

But Thomas Tunnock and Sons have now stepped in with a £250,000 donation to fund a new boat, to be named after the firm.

The boat is expected to be in service next year.


Householders warned of Carbon Monoxide danger

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Householders across the region are being warned to protect themselves from carbon monoxide poisoning by ensuring boilers, heating and cooking appliances are in working order.

The warning from fire services and health organisations has been issued to coincide with Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

New nuclear waste machine arrives at Sellafield

It was transferred through Beckermet. Credit: ITV Border

Part of a machine which will play a crucial role cleaning up the most hazardous building at Sellafield has arrived on site.

The 50-tonne component was transferred three miles by road from Beckermet.

It will retrieve radioactive waste from the Magnox Swarf Storage facility.


Copeland recycling suspended after meat and plastic contamination

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Cardboard collection at Copeland's recycling sites has been suspended after recycling banks were contaminated with meat and plastic.

Copeland Borough Council says it has been forced to halt collection until it can find ways to stop people abusing the service.

Dumfries flood defence scheme set to move closer

Whitesands in Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

New flood defences in the Whitesands area of Dumfries could move a step closer today.

Councillors are meeting to chose their preferred method of protecting the area from flooding.

They're expected to choose a raised walkway alongside the river. But some local companies are concerned that could harm their businesses more than the flooding.

West Cumbria coal mine could open in 2018

Mining could return in 2018. Credit: PA

The Chief Executive of a company hoping to open a new underground coal mine in west Cumbria says it could open at the end of 2018.

Mark Kirkbride, of West Cumbria Mining, says around one billion tonnes of coking coal could be on the coastline near Whitehaven.

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