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James Fowler signs until end of next season

James Fowler will stay with Queen of the South until the end of the season Credit: ITV Border

Queen of the South has announced that manager James Fowler has signed a contract extension that will see him stay at the club until the end of next season.

The Board has said it's very happy with the job he has done since taking over from Jim McIntyre last September, and that the move will give the club stability over the summer and into next season.

The Manager himself claims he is grateful to be able to extend his stay.

"I'm really happy to sign again, it's been an enjoyable year although very difficult and hard work but it's one I've enjoyed and I'm thankful to the Chairman and the rest of the Board for the opportunity"

– James Fowler

Ward closed following Norovirus outbreak at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

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NHS Dumfries and Galloway has confirmed a norovirus outbreak at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Ward 9 closed over the weekend and remains closed to new admissions, transfers and routine visiting due to the outbreak, which has affected 11 patients so far. There have been no confirmed cases amongst staff.

Advice to members of the public wishing to visit the closed ward is as follows:

  • Routine visiting to Ward 9 is suspended. To avoid potential for further spread members of the public seeking to visit relatives and friends in this ward are advised not to travel whilst outbreak measures are ongoing.
  • If relatives are concerned about their loved ones, they should contact the ward for advice before coming to the hospital.
  • Members of the public visiting other areas of the hospital are asked to comply with the hand hygiene and infection control measures in place by using the gel dispensers located around the hospital or thorough hand-washing.
  • If you have experienced symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting please allow a minimum of 48 hours since your last symptom before visiting the hospital.

“We can confirm that Norovirus is circulating in the community. This is an unpleasant bug and a person remains infectious for around 48 hours after their last symptoms. Staying away until fully recovered, hand hygiene with soap and water and cleaning using bleach are our best weapons to stop the spread of infection.”

– Elaine Ross, Infection Control Manager

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Four wanted in relation to slew of alcohol thefts

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Police Scotland is investigating a number of thefts and attempted thefts of alcohol from Cooperative Stores in Dumfries and Galloway.

Three incidents were reported over the weekend - two on Friday and one on Saturday.

Shops targeted include those in Moffat, Sanquhar, and Wigtown. Police are looking for a group of two males and two females in relation to the reports, with descriptions as follows:

  • Male, 30/35 years, short dark hair, about 6' tall, medium build.
  • Male, about 30 years, skinny build.
  • Female, mid 20s, shoulder length dyed bright red hair
  • Female, mid 20s, dark hair tied up.

Reports have also been received that these same four people have been in the Cooperative Stores at Kelloholm and Castle Douglas, although nothing has been reported stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Forest worker assaulted by three men in Newton Stewart

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Police Scotland is investigated an assault on a Dutch forestry worker in Newton Stewart.

The 25-year-old was attacked by three men when he arrived at his place of work, about two miles north of Glentrool.

The men assaulted the victim with a metal bar at around 8am on Saturday morning. He was left with bruising and soreness but no broken bones.

The three attackers are described as being Polish nationals, bald headed with muscular necks. They were wearing tracksuit trousers and fled the scene in a white coloured Ford Transit type van, which had a smashed passenger window.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Police warn of betting scam after man duped out of £20,000

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Police Scotland has issued a warning after a man in Dumfries and Galloway was defrauded out of over £20,000.

The man was first contacted in February this year via a letter from someone claiming to be from Stafford offering to place bets on his behalf. For the next few weeks this arrangement was carried out and the man from Dumfries and Galloway made money.

However the man then lost money when he was persuaded to become involved in Anti-Post betting, for which he provided large sums of money with the promise of profits in return. He has so far received nothing and is unable to contact the person responsible for taking his money.

Police have warned against the dangers of getting involved is such 'easy money' schemes with cold callers. They have also asked anyone with information on the scheme, or any that are similar, to contact them.

Campaigner backs Meningitis vaccine plans

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A father from Dumfries who lost his son to Meningitis has welcomed the news that all UK babies will soon have access to a vaccine against the B strain of the disease.

Michael Pattie's son David died in 1999 and he has campaigned since then for a vaccine to be available on the NHS.

The Government's agreement with drug company GlaxoSmithKline will mean the vaccine can be introduced later this year.

Previously the government had only agreed that children over two years old could get the vaccine.

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Border Weather - Monday

It's always beach weather........ Credit: TRACEY LAING

A bright and mainly dry start with a few scattered showers, wintry over hills.

Turning cloudier by lunchtime with longer spells of rain in the afternoon, wet snow temporarily over the higher ground in east.

Winds strengthening again. Highs at best to 9°C

Border Weather - Sunday

Windy Galloway NANCY VENMAN Credit: NANCY VENMAN

Dry, bright start over The Borders. Showers will soon develop though, becoming frequent and heavy over Dumfries and Galloway, extending eastwards during the afternoon.

A mix of fewer showers and more sunshine later but with strengthening westerly winds. Highs to 9 °C.

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