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£10,000 fine after Borders Fine Arts explosion

A company in Carlisle have been fined more than £10,000 after and explosion in at the Borders Fine Arts factory.

Enesco Limited of Carlisle who own the company pled guilty today at Dumfries Sheriff court to a failure to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to its employees where dangerous substances were present.

The Health and Safety Executive were investigating the explosion at the property in Townfoot, Langholm which happened on 11 July 2012.

No one was injured in the explosion but it caused significant damage to the property, where the company manufactures hand crafted and hand painted ornaments.

“It was simply good fortune that no employees were in the vicinity of the explosion and that no one was injured or killed.

“To become operational again the company has engaged pro-actively with the Health and Safety Executive and a full DSEAR assessment has been undertaken and all necessary manufacturing controls implemented”.

– Gary Aitken, Head of COPFS Health & Safety Division

Piranhas re-homed from Dumfries and Galloway

A shoal of red-bellied Piranhas have had to be re-homed after outgrowing their tank in Dumfries and Galloway.

Deep Sea World, Scotland's National Aquarium, stepped in when their owner could no longer take care of the fish, which measure up to 12 centimetres in length.

Their new accommodation is seven times longer than their old tank.

The piranha is native to the Amazon river, and in the wild they keep rivers fresh and healthy by eating animal carcasses.

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Stolen tractor found in Canonbie

A tractor that was stolen from a Thornhill farm has been found in Canonbie.

The silver and green tractor, which is worth £30,000, was found at about 8:30pm on Monday, 21 July.

Police say the vehicle was seen travelling on the B6357 in the Canonbie area at around 9pm on Sunday, 20 July.

Anyone who saw the vehicle around this time or who has information on the driver is asked to contact police.

£30,000 tractor stolen from Thornhill farm

A tractor worth £30,000 has been stolen from a farm in Thornhill.

Police say the silver and green coloured Valtra make 4x4 tractor was taken at some point between the evening of Saturday, 19 and Sunday, 20 July.

The registration number of the tractor is SV53 DVR.

Officers are asking anyone with any information about the theft to contact them on the non-emergency number, 101.

Foundation stone for "friendship" cairn is laid

A cairn representing the links between England and Scotland was begun today.

The cairn is the idea of Cumbrian MP Rory Stewart who's been campaigning to persuade Scottish people to vote 'No' in the independence referendum on 18 September.

The 'Yes' campaign have welcomed the cairn but say it will stand as 'a symbol of the continued social union and friendship' between Scotland and the rest of the UK should there be a 'yes' vote.

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Cairn of "friendship" to be built in Gretna

The foundation stone for a cairn is being laid in Gretna that those opposed to Scottish Independence hope will become a symbol of the links between Scotland and England.

People are being invited to place a stone on the cairn, called The Auld Acquaintance, to show their support for the friendship between the two nations.

The Yes Campaign, which wants the people of Scotland to support independence in September's referendum, said that Scotland and England would be friends even if Scotland left the UK.

The Auld Acquaintance is a traditional circular dry-stone structure and people are invited to bring their own stone, or use traditional slate, lime and sand stones supplied on-site.

Dry-stone wallers from both sides of the border will be working on the construction, which has been designed by architect Paul Jakulis in a bend of the River Sark - the precise borderline between Scotland and England - next to Scotland's First House.

"Please join us in this very special project on the English-Scottish border at Gretna Green. We are inviting individuals and families from across the UK to bring their favourite stone - or to use the stones we will be supplying - to work with us and build what we're calling The Auld Acquaintance. The Auld Acquaintance will be built in the great traditional British tradition of a stone cairn, a statement of our respect, our love, our affection for the United Kingdom."

– Rory Stewart MP, Conservative Penrith and The Border

I welcome the cairn celebrating friendship between Scotland and England. Scotland and England will be friends whether there's a yes or a no vote. We're not going anywhere and will continue to be friends.

– Joan McAlpine MSP, Scottish National Party South Scotland

'Independence will reduce the flow of trade'

The Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran has been in Dumfries and Galloway today to launch a paper that claims independence will reduce the flow of trade between Scotland and the rest of the UK by more than 80 percent.

The 'Yes Scotland' campaign says that the paper is irrelevant as it draws on out-of-date data from Canada and the USA.

Margaret Curran toured a factory in Lockerbie to highlight the so-called border effect earlier today, as Jenny Longden reports.

Claims of 'Border effect' by Shadow Scottish Secretary

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran tours a Lockerbie factory
Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran tours a Lockerbie factory Credit: ITV News Border

Independence will create a 'border effect', reducing the flow of trade between Scotland and the rest of the UK, according to a new report by Scottish Labour.

The briefing paper claims trade will be 83% lower after 30 years in the event of independence.

Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran highlighted the so-called 'border effect' during a trip to a Lockerbie factory this afternoon, Thursday 17 July.

The Yes campaign claim the paper is based on out-of-date data that is irrelevant to Scotland.

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