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14-year-old schoolgirl attacked

The incident happened between Prestonfield Road to Hospital Road, past the Springbells Industrial Estate. Credit: ITV Border

A 14-year-old schoolgirl in Annan has been punched a number of times in the face, in what is said by police to be an 'totally unprovoked' attack.

The girl was walking home from school around 3.50pm on Friday 14th November on the footpath between Prestonfield Road to Hospital Road, past the Springbells Industrial Estate. She was approached a man who took hold of her and punched her a number of times in the face. The girl managed to get away and made her way home.

The man is described as being about 5’9” tall, medium build, wearing a dark coloured hooded top or jacket with the hood up and dark blue jogging bottoms with stripes on the legs. He also smelled of cigarette smoke.

The girl suffered cuts and bruising to her face however did not require any medical attention.

Anyone with information should contact the police.

Dumfriesshire distillery produces whisky again

Co-owner David Thomson cheers as the first cask is filled. Credit: ITV Border

A Dumfriesshire distillery which has not produced single malt whisky for almost 100 years has filled its first cask.

The multi-million pound transformation of Annandale distillery. Credit: ITV Border

The Annandale distillery is bringing 16 jobs to the region after being transformed into a visitor attraction in a multi-million pound development.

The first cask was filled yesterday and will be matured over 10 years.

The cask will now be matured over 10 years. Credit: ITV Border


Police appeal for witnesses after collision in Annan

Annan police are appealing for witnesses after a collision involving a 72-year-old woman pedestrian and a passing vehicle.

It happened at the junction between Downies Wynd and High Street at around 12.00pm on Wednesday 17th September.

The pensioner was not seriously injured, and did not need medical attention.

The police are asking anyone with information to get in touch.


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.

Arran Brewery doubles its workforce in three months

Arran Brewery plc has announced they have doubled their work force over the last three months.

The company is currently are currently preparing to enter the international markets, as well as opening a second brewery, The Loch Earn Brewery, and Scotland’s first Sake Brewery in Dreghorn, North Ayrshire.

The expansions come after an influx of money from Crowd Funding, by offering shares to members of the public who want to invest in the company.

Arran Brewery plc raised a total of £260,000 in its first round of funding and has retained its target of achieving £4m in total.

"Taking on so many staff and developing on all fronts is making this a frenetic place to work.

"We have three bars open at the moment and a café, with a restaurant and Bistro to open shortly, this is meaning everyone in the team is working flat out.

"The crowd funding has meant we are able to invest in the staff and infrastructure we need to catch up with others in the Craft Brewing Arena, but more investment is required and a second round of funding is likely to be needed towards the end of the year."

– Gerald Michaluk, Managing Director of Annan Brewery plc
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