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Stolen tractor found in Canonbie

A tractor that was stolen from a Thornhill farm has been found in Canonbie.

The silver and green tractor, which is worth £30,000, was found at about 8:30pm on Monday, 21 July.

Police say the vehicle was seen travelling on the B6357 in the Canonbie area at around 9pm on Sunday, 20 July.

Anyone who saw the vehicle around this time or who has information on the driver is asked to contact police.

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Calls for review of gas extraction proposals

Bob Frew, Spokesman, Canonbie Residents Against Coal Developments (CRACD) Credit: ITV News Border

Bob Frew is the spokesperson for the Canonbie Residents Against Coal Development group.

He is asking for landowners Buccleuch Estates to review their proposals:

“We are aware that communities are largely ignored or trampled in the context of the 'dash for gas' even though respected economists, and industry experts recognise that it will have no significant impact on the cost of energy to consumers.

"The messages from this survey are very clear.

“We therefore call on Buccleuch Estates to fundamentally review these proposals, and offer assurances to local people that they will not permit Dart Energy to utilise the existing planning consents.

“We further call on Buccleuch to enter into meaningful discussion with local groups, businesses and individuals, and in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council to identify alternative, sustainable economic development opportunities.”

Canonbie locals concerned about gas extraction plans

Locals in Canonbie are concerned about coal and gas extraction Credit: ITV News Border

Locals in the village of Canonbie, near Langholm, are rejecting proposals for a new coalfield to extract gas and coal.

Out of the 400 people who took part in a recent survey, almost 97% were against the proposals.

Landowners Buccleuch Estates, in partnership with Dart Energy and Keir, have major plans to open the unconventional gas and opencast coal resources in and around the village.

It has been estimate that more than 400 million tonnes of coal lies below the ground in the area, but residents fear that 'fracking' may also be carried out.

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Canonbie body mystery: Full report

The body of a man found in woodland two years ago still hasn't been identified, despite worldwide enquiries.

His remains were discovered near Canonbie in Dumfries and Galloway, but little more is known about him.

The police have always thought he could be Italian, or have links to Europe, but inquiries across the continent have drawn a blank.

Detectives here though haven't given up hope of solving the mystery of who he is and why he died.

Matthew Taylor reports: