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Health centre 'stimulates local economy'

Michael Matheson, the Public Health Minister for the Scottish Government, has spoken about the benefits he hopes the new two million pound health centre will bring.

He says that a 'state of the art' centre will help to bring the best healthcare to people. He also adds that it could and has benefitted the economy, as 70% of the people involved in the construction of the building were from local businesses.

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New health centre opens in Dumfries & Galloway

The Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson Credit: PA

A new two million pound health centre will be officially opened in Dumfries and Galloway today.

The Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson will meet the staff and tour the new complex in Dalbeattie. A second centre in nearby Dunscore is also set to open shortly.

Body found on Solway coast

A body has been found washed up on the beach at the Solway Firth village of Portling.

The body was found on the Colvend coast around eight o'clock this morning about five miles south of Dalbeattie, when a local man was out walking on the beach.

Police believe the body may have been in the water for a considerable length of time.

The person has not yet been identified.

"We are obviously checking missing persons on both sides of the Solway.

Tests and a full investigation are being carried out to try and identify the body."

– Police Scotland spokesperson

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Man found after going missing in Dalbeattie

A man has been found after going missing whilst walking in Dalbeattie.

A multi-agency search was launched on Sunday, 29 December after he failed to return home and his car was found in a car park in the village.

He was walking on a popular coastal path near Rockciffe south.

The three hour search involved Galloway Mountain Rescue, HM Coastguard, the RNLI and Police Scotland.

"The search was focused on known paths in the area and given the very wet and stormy conditions it was imperative we found him quickly. He was found about 9.00pm in a hypothermic condition by one of the coastguard search teams on Castlehill Point on the cliff path from Rockcliffe to Port O' Warren. We were able to get our Land Rover ambulance fairly close to this location necessitating only a short stretcher carry from the point. We transferred him across fields and rough roads to an awaiting road ambulance for his onward journey to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary."

– Mike McCann, Galloway Mountain Rescue Team Leader
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