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Dumfries & Galloway Council: 'Annan regeneration is a priority.'

"The Annan Station project is part of a wider Annan masterplan that was agreed in 2010 and that identified the access points to the town as being important.

"It's all about giving good first impressions to visitors coming to the area, so the railway station is going to be improved as a key access point, but also the entrances to the town itself.

"The council see the whole Gretna, Lockerbie and Annan regeneration area as a key priority."

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries & Galloway Council

Railway station in Annan to benefit from regeneration

Dumfries and Galloway Council say the regeneration of the Gretna, Lockerbie, Annan corridor is a priority.

Work is underway in Annan to regeneration the railway station Credit: ITV News
Annan railway regeneration project gets underway Credit: ITV News
Plans for Annan railway station regeneration project Credit: ITV News

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Annan man's death has 'hallmarks of a tragic accident'

Police in Scotland believe the death of missing Annan man Ian Carruthers was an accident after a post mortem was inconclusive.

Mr Carruthers was last seen at his home on January 17th and officers carried out extensive enquiries and searches in order to locate him.

His body was found on March 7th on the shore at Portling near Dalbeattie. A full forensic examination and post mortem have since taken place which have proved to be inconclusive in the cause of death.

“Following extensive and exhaustive enquiries, there are no apparent suspicious circumstances in respect of the death of Ian Carruthers.

"Following the Post Mortem examination, the cause of death will remain recorded as ‘unascertained’, however, given all of the known circumstances and in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, his death has all the hallmarks of a tragic accident.

“I have spoken with the Ian’s immediate family and fully explained all of this to them, which will hopefully provide some closure for them in this matter."

– Detective Inspector Filippo Capaldi, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team

Sister's plea to find missing brother

The sister of a missing man from Annan are appealing any information on his whereabouts.

Ian Carruthers, who's 31st birthday is tomorrow, was last seen in the Longmeadow Avenue area of the town at about 1.30am on Friday 17 January.

His sister Tracey Kindness has asked people to come forward if they have any information.

“It is Ian’s birthday on Friday and the thought of him spending it alone breaks our heart. He usually is in touch with our mum every day, so for him not to be in contact for so long just isn’t like him. I would urge anyone who has seen Ian or has any information on where he is, to please get in touch with police. Every family should celebrate birthdays and special occasions together and we are no different. We want him home.”

– Tracey Kindness, Ian Carruthers' sister

If anyone has seen or knows where Mr Carruthers is, contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Family appeal for more information about missing man

Ian Carruthers will turn 31 tomorrow, Friday 28 February Credit: Police Scotland

The family of a missing Annan man have today called for more information on his whereabouts on the week of his birthday.

Ian Carruthers has been missing for two weeks and was last seen on Friday, 17 January in the Longmeadow Avenue area of Annan.

Ian will turn 31 tomorrow and his sister has asked anyone who knows where he might be to get in touch.

Police have made significant enquiries into his disappearance, including specialist search officers on land and water, door-to-door enquiries, numerous appeals, police helicopter searches and CCTV trawls of the town and local businesses.

His disappearance remains unresolved.

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.

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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