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Park death - man named

A man found dead in a park burn has been named by police.

The body of George Paterson, 69, was discovered in Barr Burn in Colliston Park, Dalbeattie, at around 6.45pm yesterday.

Officers believe he was walking his dog in the park before his body was discovered.

A post-mortem examination is to be held to establish the cause of death but it is not thought to be suspicious.

Police have appealed for anyone who was in the park from around 5.30pm and may have seen the 69-year-old to contact them on 101.

A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.


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.

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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