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Plans for Robert The Bruce Centre in Dumfries

The Robert The Bruce Trust in Dumfries is hoping to open an educational centre, celebrating the former King of Scotland's links to the town.

Bruce is one of the most famous figures in Scottish history and he began his, often bloody path, to the throne by murdering his rival in a Dumfries church.

Lori Carnochan has been along to St Michael's Primary school in Dumfries, where the children have been learning all about Bruce:

Police investigate suspicious fire in Lochmaben

Credit: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Police are investigating a suspicious fire at a garage in Castle Street, Lochmaben, around 11.00pm last night.

A number of houses were evacuated in the area and lost power after the fire.

No-one was injured in the fire but the property was extensively damaged.

We are treating this fire as suspicious and are carrying out door to door enquiries in the immediate area. We are keen to speak to two men who were seen in the area of the garage in Castle Street around 2300 hours last night. We also want to hear from anyone who may have been past the garage which is on Castle Street, not far from the junction with Welldale Place. Anyone who may have any information which might help us catch those responsible is asked to call us at Lockerbie on 101.

– Detective Sergeant Hugh McCombe

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Two Clydesdale Bank branches in D&G set to close

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Two branches of Clydesdale Bank in Dumfries and Galloway are set to close, as the bank announces 40 branches closures across Scotland.

200 jobs in the country will be axed and customers will now have have to travel 17 miles to their nearest branch in Dumfries.

The company put the decision down to a rise in people opting for mobile and internet banking.

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Clydesdale Bank: will my branch close? and where is my nearest one?

The Castle Douglas branch of Clydesdale Bank is set to close its doors for good Credit: PA

Scores of jobs are set to go in the region after Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank announced it is to close 79 branches nationwide.

The Unite union said more than 400 jobs would go and labelled the decision "deeply devastating" to the employees.

The closures amount to a third of the bank's branches and is the largest-ever closure plan by the company which will radically change the face of the bank, according to Unite.

Yorkshire Bank will close 39 branches and Clydesdale 40.

The company said the number of customers using their bank for day-to-day transactions across the industry had fallen by a third since 2011, while there had been a "sharp and sustained increase in digital and mobile engagement".

Where will the axe fall in our region - and how far to the nearest branch?

Castle Douglas

  • Closure date : 25th April 2017
  • Nearest Branch : Dumfries
  • Distance to nearest Branch : 18 miles

Weather: Nature joins in 'dry January'

Provisional figures show it has been drier than average in most areas of the UK so far this month, with a few places receiving around 20% of the month's average rainfall.

We would expect to see around 50% of the average rainfall at this point in the month.

Credit: Derek Taylor

The weather for much of the first half of January has been generally settled, though temperatures have alternated between just above and just below average.

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