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An app for the afterlife

It's not a subject we like to talk about too much, but sadly death does come to us all eventually.

In an attempt to take away some of the stress surrounding it, one independent manufacturer of coffins has produced an app for our pc's and tablets to help us choose the best casket.

With the app for the afterlife, you can even choose which handles and lids you'd prefer!

Paul Crone reports from Annan:

Picking your coffin - now there's an app for that

Death is not a subject we like to talk about too much, but a coffin manufacturer in Annan has come up with a different way to deal with it.

As well as making hundreds of coffins each week for distribution across the North West of England and Southern Scotland, DFS Caskets has produced an app for tablets, pc's and mobile phones so you can take your time to pick the right coffin.

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WWI: The women who cooked the Devil's Porridge

The war may have been fought on foreign fields, but it changed the way things were done at home too. Women filled the jobs that had traditionally been taken by men, many of them vital to the war effort.

That included making munitions and the biggest munitions factory in Europe was on the border near Gretna.

Fiona McIlwraith has been along to the museum there, to find out more about the work done here, on the home front.

The 'Canary Girls' of WWI

Near Gretna was the world's greatest factory making munitions for the war.

With the men away, women had to fill jobs that had traditionally been done by males. Making weapons and ammunition was one of the jobs that would be a vital contribution towards to war effort.

Many women moved to Dumfries and Galloway to work in the factory producing cordite, coined the 'Devil's Porridge'. Find out why they were called the 'Canary Girls':

Controversial windfarm opens in Scotland

It's said that the windfarm will produce enough energy for 73,000 homes Credit: PA

One of Scotland's largest onshore windfarms will be opened near Lockerbie.

The controversial Harestanes windfarm, with 68 turbines, will produce enough energy to meet the needs of 73,000 homes.

Scottish Power Renewables says the £160million project has supported 150 jobs over the last two years.

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New telephone scam tricks victim out of money

An 81-year-old man fell victim to the telephone scam Credit: PA

People are being warned about a new type of scam that is targeting people in the region. The scam encourages people to buy a scheme to ward off nuisance calls by a false company.

An 81-year-old Stranraer man was targeted by the scam.

He was called by someone offering a system for getting rid of nuisance telephone calls. The agreement was that for £2 per month, for three years, nuisance calls could be stopped.

The caller was able to give the man the first eight digits of his bank card and is believed to sound convincing in his sales pitch.

The man from Stranraer accepted the offer and later received by post a small box which he was instructed to attach to his phone line.

When he did, the line went dead.

He then found that the full cost of the three year contract, £89, had been taken from his account in one transaction, as opposed to the £2 per month as agreed.

Anyone who has information or has been scammed should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact the police.

For advice about protecting yourself from scams, click here.

Smartwater - the substance that tracks thieves

A burglary at a building site has prompted police to encourage people to protect their businesses and homes.

Between Saturday 24th May to Tuesday 27th May, a building site near Penrith was burgled.

Two containers had been forced open and expensive power and plant equipment was stolen.

Police recommend using Smartwater which helps to track criminals. It is a forensic property marking kit. On arrest, suspects are checked for traces of the marking system.

Smartwater will dry clear on the offender’s hair, skin and clothes and can last for weeks. Once detected, police can pinpoint it to a location or crime.

“I would urge everyone to mark their property with UV pens or forensic marking kits as it significantly increases the chances of us being able to reunite stolen property with its rightful owner. Make sure you are always vigilant about your home and business security.”

– Claire Stevens, Crime Prevention Officer for Cumbria Constabular
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