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Growing concern for missing vulnerable teen

17-year-old Stephanie Smith has been missing since yesterday Credit: Police Scotland

Police are growing increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a girl who has gone missing for a second time.

17-year-old Stephanie Smith was last seen within Closeburn Village on 19 December.

Stephanie is 5 feet 8 inches tall, of big build, with brown eyes and dyed deep purple/maroon coloured shoulder length hair.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, grey jumper, white bomber style jacket, white canvas shoes and was carrying a grey shoulder bag.

Police believe that she is vulnerable and are asking anyone who has any information - or who has seen her - to contact them on the 101 non-emergency number.

Sheep worth £14k stolen from Dumfriesshire farm

Sheep in field Credit: ITV News Border

A total of 78 sheep, worth around £14,000, have been stolen from farmland near Closeburn in Dumfries and Galloway.

The first of the thefts happened between 14th and 15th of February, when 49 sheep were stolen, and a further 29 were taken between 4th and 5th of March.

All of the North England Mule sheep are in lamb and are microchipped, tagged and have brown faces and legs.

Anyone with any information should contact Dumfries and Galloway Police.


Missing relatives names released

Jayne Thomas has released the list of the names of the relatives who have still to be found.

  • Christina Black Rankin
  • Robert Armstrong
  • David Guthrie Jack
  • John Wood
  • William Donald Kerr
  • William Fisher
  • Harry Gibson Izett
  • George F. McIntosh
  • James Gilmour Bryson
  • William Thomson
  • William Jardine

Anyone with information on any of the relatives are urged to contact Jayne on 01848 332352 or by email at

Trees were planted in memory of former pupils

22 trees were planted in memory of the men and women who died Credit: ITV Border

A final push is being made to find the relatives of 22 pupils of a Dumfries and Galloway school, who died during the Second World War.

Trees were planted in memory of the men and women who attended Wallace Hall Academy in Closeburn.


Plea to relatives of Wallace Hall Academy children

A campaigner from Closeburn is making a final plea to trace the families of twenty two former village school children who were killed during World War Two.

Jayne Thomas has been working hard to repair and clean-up the current war memorial next to the former Wallace Hall Academy.

Plaques were erected and trees were planted in memory of the school's former pupils who died sixty-five years ago, however the site has since fallen into disrepair.

New plaques were made after funding was provided from Scottish Hydro Clyde Community Fund via the Nith Valley Leaf Trust

To mark the 65th anniversary, a special memorial service will be held at Closeburn war memorial on 11th November.

Relatives of the former pupils and war veterans are invited to attend.

They're urged to contact Jayne on 01848 332352 or by email at