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Foodbank needs £15,000 by January

Foodbank Credit: ITV Border

A Dumfries foodbank says it needs to raise fifteen-thousand pounds by January to stay in operation.

According to the First Base Agency there has been a five-fold increase in the number of emergency food parcels it sends out which has caused "severe financial challenges."

£15,000
The amount of money needed by January

Dumfries gets ready for the Big Burns Supper

The line up for next year's Big Burns Supper in Dumfries has been announced.

The three day event will feature acts like Big Country, Fred McCaulay and Mull Historical Society.

Big Burns Supper is a celebration of contemporary Scotland and its national Bard, and runs from the 24 - 26 of January.

Fiona McIlwraith reports:

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Make-over for the Bard

The Burns statue in Dumfries has had a make-over Credit: ITV News

Scotland's national bard got a make-over this morning. A tartan make-over.

The Burns statue in Dumfries is now wearing a tartan specifically designed for the Big Burns Supper 2014.

Acts performing at the event in January were also announced today.

Big Country will be among the highlights at the three day event, which will also see Fred McCauley and Spanish born singer Buika performing.

It's the third year that the festival has been running

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Muntjac deer spotted in Dumfries

A Muntjac deer Credit: Norma Chapman

Two Muntjac deer have been reported in Dumfries and Galloway.

The deer are not native to the area and are thought to cause severe damage to vegetation. Scottish Natural Heritage Wildlife Operations Unit are investigating the incident.

The deer originate in China and, if they establish themselves in Scotland the SNH estimate it would cost up to £2m due to damaged crops and vegetation.

Stan Whitaker, from SNH, said: "Muntjac deer are among the most destructive animal pests in Britain."

Two Muntjac deer Credit: Norma Chapman