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Man killed in Dumfries house fire

The property in Bruce Dewar Meuse, Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

A man has died in a house fire in Bruce Dewar Meuse, Dumfries.

The fire was discovered at the property at around 4.15pm on Wednesday 3 January. Emergency services attended and discovered the body of a man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A joint fire investigation will take place today (Thursday 4) to work out the cause of the fire. The Procurator Fiscal has been informed.

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Alcohol causes 45 deaths in D&G and Borders

2016 figures the National Records of Scotland were published this week Credit: PA

The 2016 figures for alcohol related deaths have been published by National Records of Scotland. The results show the number deaths last year to be 27 in Dumfries & Galloway, and 18 in the Borders.

This is an increase of at least one fatality in each region compared to 2015. Across Scotland as a whole last year, the number of alcohol related deaths rose by ten per cent from the previous year to 1,265 – the highest annual total since 2010.

It has sparked calls from BMA Scotland to raise national efforts to tackle the harms of alcohol misuse:

These latest figures showing a worrying increase in alcohol-related deaths last year make clear the scale of the damage caused by Scotland’s relationship with alcohol. It underlines why as a country we need to redouble our efforts to tackle the harms caused by alcohol misuse.”

– Dr Peter Bennie, Chair, BMA Scotland

Borders Police investigate sudden 'unexplained' death of woman

Borders Police say the woman's death currently seems to have not been under suspicious circumstances. Credit: ITV Border

Borders police are investigating the "unexplained" and sudden death of a woman in Eyemouth.

The 38-year-old died on Sunday, 30th April.

Police say it currently seems to have not been under suspicious circumstances.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained pending further inquiries. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.

– Police Scotland spokesperson

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Man dies on farm in North Cumbria

An investigation is underway following the death of a man on a farm in North Cumbria.

He was struck by a tractor at Wragmire Bank Farm, Cumwhinton at around 9am on Thursday.

Police confirmed the 57-year-old man from the Penrith area was pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic.

Officers from the Health and Safety Executive are investigating.

We were informed by the police at 10:15am on Thursday. We will be leading the investigation into this incident but as it at an early stage, we cannot comment further.

– Spokesperson, Health and Safety Executive
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