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MSP welcomes pylon rethink

Thousands of pylons would have run from Auchencrosh to Harker. Credit: ITV Border

South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine (SNP) has welcomed the announcement that Scottish Power Energy Networks is rethinking its plan to install a new network of electricity pylons in Dumfries and Galloway.

The proposals had been met with fierce protests.

Now, the company says the results of its public consultation, and changes in the energy industry, mean they may scale back the plans.

This is welcome news and testament to the efforts of constituents who picked apart the justification for an overhead line of this size routed through virgin countryside. In my consultation submission on behalf of constituents I asked this question - I am pleased that SPEN and National Grid are taking it on board.

I will continue to act on behalf of my constituents and have secured a meeting between campaigners and the UK energy regulator which will take place very soon.”

– Joan McAlpine, SNP MSP

Poll: are you worried about online safety?

Online safety. Credit: PA

Cumbria Police are urging people to stay safe online, on 'Safer Internet Day'.

The force is working to raise awareness of internet safety by sending officers to schools and advising parents.

Top tips for online safety:

  • Stay up-to-date: ask about your child’s new gadgets, apps and websites. It is important to be aware of new technologies and developments that your child may be using
  • Set boundaries: treat the online world as you would the ‘real’ world. Consider what or who they may see, share and communicate with, as well as how long they spend online
  • Know what connects to the internet and how: today many technologies connect to the internet, including TVs and games consoles. Check how they are accessing the internet, if it is through a neighbour’s Wifi, your security settings may not be applied
  • Cyber-bullying: this can be very distressing and upsetting, talk to your child regularly about their experiences, both online and offline

Are you worried about your children's safety online? Take our poll to let us know your thoughts:

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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.

Dumfries Police to trial body cameras

Inspector Stuart Wilson, right, and ITV Border's Tim Backshall Credit: ITV Border

The police in Dumfries and Galloway are testing body-mounted video cameras.

Officers will wear the cameras, which look like a credit card, on their chests.

Some groups, like Big Brother Watch, have concerns but the police say there's nothing for the public to worry about.

We don't record all the time. It's only going to be for those specific incidents of violence or disorder where we think we need to have it for evidential purposes so there should be a limited intrusion onto other people's daily lives.

– Insp Stuart Wilson, Police Scotland
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