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Gretna crash victims confirmed as two men

Police have confirmed that two people who died in a crash on the A74(M) near Gretna were both men from the Oldham area.

The two men, aged 21 and 22, were travelling in a car which crashed into a bridge column on the southbound carriageway close to junction 21. It happened at around 6am on Sunday. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and formal identification is yet to take place.

The road was closed at junction 21 to allow for police enquiry and recovery of the vehicle. Local diversions were in place and the road was reopened by police at around 12:30pm.

Police Sergeant Leigh McCulloch from the Dumfries and Galloway Trunk Road Policing Unit, said today:

This was a serious road traffic incident which has resulted in the death of two men.

Specialist officers continue to progress the enquiry to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident and I would ask that anyone who may have witnessed the crash contact the Road Policing Unit at Lockerbie via the 101 number with any information they may have.

– Sergeant Leigh McCulloch, Police Scotland

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Two dead in A74(M) crash

Two die in fatal crash near Gretna Credit: ITV Border

Two people have died in an accident on the A74(M) near Gretna.

Police Scotland has confirmed that the driver and the passenger in the car died at the scene.

They were travelling southbound when their car crashed into a bridge near junction 21 at 6am this morning.

No other car was involved.

The southbound carriageway has been closed for accident investigators to survey the scene.

No further details about the victims have been released.

Police responded to a one vehicle crash on the A74 shortly after 6am.

The driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

All lanes running southbound are closed for police inquiries.

Diversions have been put in place.

– Police Scotland spokesperson

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call the Police Scotland non-emergency number on 101

Two dead in car crash near Gretna

Two people have died in a car crash in Dumfries and Galloway.

It happened on the A74(M) near Gretna at around 6am. The road was closed southbound shortly after the incident.

A police spokesperson said:

At around 0600 hours, police and emergency services responded to reports of a one vehicle road traffic crash on the A74, southbound, close to junction 21.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.

All lanes of the road running southbound close to junction 21 are currently closed to allow for police enquiry. Diversions are in place.

– Police Scotland

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Wooden 'Urchin' among Dumfriesshire festival attractions

The 'Urchin' is described as a “floating inhabited sculpture” Credit: Sara Penrhyn Jones

A star attraction at this weekend’s free-to-attend Environmental Art Festival Scotland is the unusual wooden sphere set afloat on the loch in front of the medieval Morton Castle near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire.

The "Urchin", which was shipped up specially from Mid-Wales for this weekend’s free public arts event in Dumfries and Galloway, is described as a “floating inhabited sculpture” or a “contemplation chamber”.

Created by Jenny Hall and Tabitha Pope of Craftedspace, it allows wet-suit clad festival-goers to spend time out on the water rather than just wandering the margins.

The two-day celebration of the art and the environment starts today and includes many eye-catching and highly unusual performance and visual art events.

Dumfries 'Archive and Local Studies' project

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community and Customer Services Committee are to meet next month to discuss plans for new Archive Centre in Dumfries.

The plans were put forward to the Heritage Lottery Fund with the hope of securing financial support for the project. These proposals were however unsuccessful due to the high level of applications the HFL receive.

The Heritage Lottery Fund have said the Council are able to re-apply should they wish to do so.

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Capital Works programme continues to support the creation of a new regional archive centre. Members will be asked to agree that further development work is done alongside a review of the work carried so far.

Chairman of Community and Customer Services Committee, Councillor Tom McAughtrie reinforced the Council’s commitment to providing a fit for purpose archive centre:

A new Archive Centre for Dumfries and Galloway is long overdue and something that our Council is committed to providing for both the people of the region as well as visitors to the area.

It is important that we have a modern facility to allow visitors to the centre access to state of the art search facilities.

I am confident that this committee can recommend a fit for purpose, state of the art facility that will benefit the region for many a year to come.

We’ve been encouraged by the HLF’s suggestion of making a future bid for funding and this will remain an option going forward.”

– Councillor Tom McAughtrie

Police warn of bank holiday booziness

Alcohol warning issued Credit: PA

Cumbria police have issued an alcohol warning and are urging people to enjoy themselves responsibly over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Extra officers will be out on patrol on Sunday night across the county's nightlife spots to clamp down on alcohol-related violence.

Alcohol warning issued Credit: PA

Police are urging members of the public to take due caution when out and about.

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