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Kendal carer avoids prison over theft

A carer has narrowly avoided prison for the theft of £2,500 from a sick woman she had been looking after. While Linda Graveson spent much of her time in hospital, Victoria Nevinson, 33, regularly helped herself to cash from the bank account she was given access to. Nevinson, who was trusted with the financial details to pay for shopping, even took her victim's card on holiday to Greece and used it there. Nevinson admitted the theft, which occurred in the Kendal area during early 2013, and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on Friday. She received a 21-month jail term, which was suspended for two years by Judge Peter Hughes QC. But he stressed he took this step because Nevinson had a baby only several weeks old. Nevinson must complete 250 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,500 compensation to Mrs. Graveson.

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More than 100 women hold meeting over equal pay claims

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More than one hundred women in Dumfries and Galloway say they haven't been paid the money they're due following an equal pay claim.

Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that women who worked for Dumfries and Galloway Council could take forward a claim for compensation on the basis that they had been paid less than male workers doing comparable jobs.

Most of the women that were involved are teaching assistants or special needs assistants.

Campaigners celebrating over the Supreme Court ruling two years ago Credit: ITV Border

Some women have since received compensation of up to £15,000.

But the council says the time limit has now passed for further claims.

Those who haven't received anything yet are meeting in Dumfries this evening.

£386,500 for bronze statue found in Borders house

The bronze sculpture was found in a house in the Scottish Borders Credit: Lyon & Turnbull Ltd

A bronze statue, which was found in a house in the Scottish Borders, has sold for more than twice its estimated price.

Lyon & Turnbull sold the Ganymede and the Eagle at auction in Edinburgh this week.

The 18th Century artwork, by Italian sculptor Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi, went for £386,500.

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Banking scammers still calling Dumfries homes

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Police Scotland says several more people have been called in Dumfries and Galloway as part of a telephone banking scam.

Last week, three people were conned out of a total of more than £45,000.

Fraudsters pretending to be ringing from a bank told the householders that their savings were being hacked and needed to be transferred to another account.

The police say that despite the latest calls, no one else has lost any money.

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