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Yellow weather warning issued for Southern Scotland

Yellow wind warning Credit: Met Office

A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued across Dumfries and Galloway, Lothian, and the Borders.

Winds are most likely to gust between 50 and 60 mph across much of the warning area.

The warning is in place until 3pm today in association with ex-Ophelia

Public transport might be effected with delays and road closures. Power cuts and damage to buildings could also happen.

The warning area has reduced from southwest Scotland and northwest England as winds are easing here.


12-year-old boy crushed to death in Sanquhar named

Despite efforts by emergency services, Kieran Esquierdo died at the scene Credit: Police Scotland

The boy who was crushed to death in Dumfries and Galloway has now been named as 12-year-old Kieran Esquierdo from Gillenburn Road in the village.

Police Scotland are continuing their investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of Kieran, in Kelloholm, Sanquhar, on Sunday 15 October.

Our thoughts are with Keiran's family and friends at this very sad and distressing time.In his few months at Sanquhar Academy, Keiran had shown himself to be a bright, hardworking and motivated student who loved animals and nature. He was highly thought of by his teachers and fellow pupils. Keiran's loss will be acutely felt across both the school community and the wider community of Upper Nithsdale.”

– Tom Snow, headteacher at Sanquhar Academy

We are deeply shocked and greatly saddened to hear of the tragic death of our former pupil Keiran. He was a considerate and gentle boy who was a popular member of our school community. He'll be sorely missed by his friends. Our thoughts are with his family and all at Kelloholm Primary School offer our heartfelt condolences.”

– Malcolm McGregor, headteacher at Kelloholm Primary School

Flood warnings issued for Dumfries and Galloway

Flood warnings: Dumfries and Galloway and Solway Firth Credit: SEPA

One flood alert and seven flood warnings have been issued for Dumfries and Galloway and along the Solway Firth coast.

Coastal flooding was predicted at around 10pm due to a combination of tidal levels and large waves.

Flood warnings have been issued for East Luce Bay, Kirkcudbright Bay, Rough Firth, South West Rhins, Southerness Point, Upper Solway Firth and West Luce Bay.

A flood alert has been issued for Dumfries and Galloway.

A flood alert means flooding is possible. A flood warning means flooding is imminent and immediate action is required.

Residents are advised to be vigilant and protect themselves and their properties. Information is available through Floodline on 0345 9881188.


Boy, 12, crushed to death in Dumfries and Galloway

Despite efforts by emergency services, the boy died at the scene Credit: ITV Border

A 12-year-old boy has been crushed to death by a large wooden pole in a Dumfries and Galloway village.

Police Scotland say the boy became trapped on land next to the Mill Hill Medical Centre on Nivison Road, Kelloholm, at 4.40pm on October 15.

Despite efforts by emergency services to save him, the boy died at the scene.

One eyewitness, who lives 200 yards away from the scene, told ITV Border:

A group of children came knocking frantically at my door saying their friend was hurt. I went down to the logs, but I could see there was nothing I could do so I rang the police. It's still raw today."

– Michael Harrison, eyewitness

The reality is that a young boy went out to play and he's not returned. And clearly, with great distress to family, friends, children and the local community here at Kelloholm. Which I know is a very small, tight community.

We are going to be speaking with Health and Safety Executives today."

– Bryan Lee, Detective Inspector
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