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Beat Box scheme aims to get kids moving

The Beat Box scheme aims to get children to walk, cycle or run to school. Credit: ITV Border

A scheme run in Annan and Dalbeattie to get parents and children to walk, run or cycle instead of using a car is proving a massive success.

Once registered, participants record their journeys on various so called beat boxes situated around the towns.

Beat the Street: DG towns first in Scotland to launch scheme

The aim is to get more people in the towns walking. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

Dumfries and Galloway has become the first region in Scotland to adopt the Beat the Street initiative.

The aim of the project is to get people walking - whether it's to work, or school.

Dalbeattie and Annan are both involved, which means all of the pedestrian crossings in the towns have a special box attached.

Walkers can swipe cards on these, to tot up their mileage as they wander the town.


Cat shooting 'horrific case of cruelty'

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A cat has had its leg amputated after being shot in Eastriggs.

Police Scotland are investigating an incident of cruelty, after the incident on the evening of Tuesday 18 August.

The cat managed to return home to Auckland Walk in Eastriggs, and was later taken to the vet and the leg amputated.

This is a horrific case of cruelty to animals and the cat must have suffered terribly as it made its way home after being shot.

I am appealing to anyone in the Eastriggs area who can help in this investigation to contact me at Annan Police Office through the 101 number, or if they want to remain anonymous, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– Constable Julie Rankin of Police Scotland

Police appeal after Annan housebreaking

Police Scotland. Credit: PA

Police Scotland are appealing for information after a house was broken into on Scotts Street, in Annan.

It happened between Friday 7 and Monday 10 August, and a number of watches with a total value of more than £1,000 were taken, along with money, and a laptop.

This is yet another housebreaking in the town centre area which has happened whilst the occupants have been away from home.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious over the weekend in what is a very busy street in the town.

Callers should use the 101 number to call us with any information which might help catch those responsible."

– Constable Julie Rankin of Police Scotland


Dredging to begin at Annan harbour

Annan Harbour Credit: ITV Border

The dredging of Annan harbour is due to start - and it's hoped it'll boost the town's economy.

Annan Harbour Action Group has been awarded a £22,000 grant to fund the work, which will remove silt which has built up at the harbour.

It's hoped this will make it useable for boats again, driving more tourism to the area.

Concerns raised over traditional fishing in Annan

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A demonstration is to be held outside Annan Town Hall this evening to raise concerns about the future of stake and poke nets on the Solway.

There are talks for the nets to be banned, due to reports of low salmon stocks in the River Eden.

Local fishermen are worried that hundreds of years of traditional fishing methods may be lost.

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