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.”
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.
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.
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Police Scotland have confirmed the man found dead at his home in Annan is David Crawford.
The 40-year-old was found in Murray Street on Friday 12th August.
The death is being treated as unexplained but police say there are no suspicious circumstances.
Three men have been charged with drugs offences that connects to a death at the 2015 Kendal Calling festival.
Michael Mountfort, aged 42, of Oak Drive, Denton, Manchester, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug.
Luke Nathan Fraser, aged 21, Oakfield Grove, Manchester, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug and supplying a Class B controlled drug.
Simon Chapman, aged 21, of Race Grove, Millom, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug.
The three men were arrested as part of an investigation into the death of Christian Pay, aged 18, from Millom, who died on the 31st July 2015.
All three are expected to appear before North Cumbria Magistrates Court on Tuesday 9 February.
Police have confirmed that the man who died in a house fire in Whitehaven is 40-year-old Grant Flyyn.
Police were called to the property in King Street on Thursday evening.
Mr Flynn was taken to hospital, but later died of his injuries.
Police would like to speak to a man who helped them force entry into the flat. He later left the scene without identifying himself. He is described as being a white male, approximately 5ft 9ins tall with blonde spikey hair. He may have been wearing a grey jacket.
Police are investigating the sudden and unexplained death on behalf of the Coroner and are working together with Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service to establish the cause of the fire.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.
Police are still investigating after the body of a woman was discovered in a house in Carlisle.
Police were called to the address on Vasey crescent near Warwick road around 5:45 on Friday morning.
There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.