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Help at hand with new pilot health check service

If you are unfortunate enough to be living with a chronic disease you will know that one of the most important things is having your health and your condition monitored on a regular basis.

However, getting to your GP surgery or hospital can be difficult, especially if you live in a rural area.

Now though, help could be on the way for some people in South West Scotland.

A pilot project to help people with lung disease carry out their own checks has been launched.

It is called the Annan Remote Monitoring test, and Lori Carnochan went to find out more.

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Search continues for missing Annan man

Police are continuing to search for a missing man from Annan who has not been seen since the early hours of last Friday (17 January).

Ian Carruthers is:

  • White
  • 5 feet 7 inches tall
  • Thin build
  • Blue eyes and pale complexion
  • Shoulder-length fair hair - which is normally tied back in a ponytail and shaven at the sides
  • Last seen wearing a white coloured unbranded hooded top, white jogging bottoms and black Adidas trainers

Officers are now urging people to check their sheds and outhouses for the 30-year-old.

“We would ask the local community to assist by searching their own gardens, sheds and outhouses to help locate Mr Carruthers.

“If you have any information relating to the whereabouts of Mr Carruthers to contact Annan Police Station as a matter of urgency on 101 or contact any police officer.”

– Sergeant Joyce Adams

Information can also be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Search for missing Annan man

30-year-old Ian Carruthers has been missing since Friday Credit: Police Scotland

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the well being of an Annan man who has been missing since Friday.

30-year-old Ian Carruthers was last seen at about 1am on Friday 17 January on Annan High Street.

He is described as 5ft 7”, slim build, long blond hair that shaved underneath and tied back in a pony tail.

It is unknown exactly what he was last wearing but possibly grey tracksuit bottoms, hooded top and white woolly hat.

Anyone who has seen Mr Carruthers or knows his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Annan primary school gets its very own TV studio

Pupils from St Columba's RC Primary School in Annan have been given a new and exciting boost to their usually boring lessons in the form of their very own TV studio.

"We're delighted that the children are developing media skills but at the same time they are learning across the curriculum, so they're bringing their French, skills and knowledge into play, their bringing their understanding of the weather topic that they're studying just now."

– Barry McIntyre, head teacher, St Columba's RC Primary School

Full report: Independence campaigning in Annan and Dumfries

With just three days to go until the SNP set out how an independent Scotland will work in their white paper, the Yes campaign has gathered momentum in Annan.

The South Annandale group officially launched today and as Samantha Parker reports they believe now is the time to help people understand what they're voting for.

The Better Together campaign were out in Lochside, Dumfries handing out leaflets and engaging with voters.

Better Together canvas Dumfries

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown went door to door in Lochside this morning as he continues to engage the public about Labour's involvement with the Better Together campaign.

'We can't sit back and allow what looks like a very good lead in current polls to just say well we are home and dry and everything will be fine. We need to hear what people are saying, we need to listen to the concerns they have and try and explain our interpretations of facts and figures.'

– Russell Brown MP

The canvassing comes ahead of the publication of the Independence White Paper on Tuesday by the SNP.

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