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Dumfries Employment Centre opens

This sign on the wall declares the centre's mission Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries and Galloway council has opened a new centre for employment in Dumfries, in a bid to bring down higher-than-average youth unemployment in the area.

The "Total access point", or TAP centre, is based on Nith Place and is specifically aimed at supporting businesses and young people.

It's hoped this one-stop-shop will mean people can access a wide range of services, from all sectors of the employment industry and the industry can see the talent available to fill their vacancies.

Car drives on pavement towards 14-year-olds

Witnesses are being asked to come forward after a car drove along a pavement in Dumfries towards a group of 14-year-olds.

The incident happened around 1.35pm on 26th November on Rosevale Street. Police say that seven 14-year-old pupils from St Josephs College were walking on the pavement when a small, dark blue coloured car, in the style of a Toyota Auris, drove along the pavement towards them, before pulling off and driving off at speed.

It follows an earlier incident which took place outside the Spar shop on Rosevale Street where the driver of this vehicle had spoke with the boys.

The driver is described as:

  • Being between 5’9” and 6’ tall
  • Skinny build
  • Between 50/60 years of age
  • Short grey
  • Untidy hair
  • Local accent
  • Wearing dark rimmed glasses, a mid length light coloured jacket and jeans.

“Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident, however it could have been a catastrophe. I am appealing to anyone who can help us identify the driver of this vehicle to call us on 101, or indeed the driver himself to come forward to explain his actions.”

– Constable Stephen Easthill, School Liaison Officer for St Josephs

Calvin Harris pulls out of MTV EMA awards

The MTV European Music Awards (EMA) published a tweet saying the Dumfries-born DJ had pulled out of the show because of illness.

The EMAs are being held in Glasgow on Sunday night.

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Dumfries machine goes to Africa

A machine that was designed and built near Dumfries is helping poor farmers in Africa.

Two of the rice and corn threshing devices have already been sent to Malawi.

Peddles are used to power them so they can be used in remote communities that don't have electricity.

This machine was being shown at a Fairtrade exhibition in Dumfries..

" It combs it, it threshes, it works much more efficiently. It separates it straight away. It will save so much time and it's a sustainable technology."

– Rolf Buwert, Dumfries Fairtrade Group

Cash for Dumfries Peter Pan house

The Dumfries house connected to Peter Pan author JM Barrie has been awarded six hundred and fifty thousand pounds from Creative Scotland.

The writer used to live in the town and took inspiration from the gardens at Moat Brae House.

It's now undergoing a major restoration project to turn it into a children's literature centre.

Scottish Borders rally driver wins championship

A rally driver from Duns, in the Scottish Borders, has just been crowned Scottish Rally Champion for the first time.

Euan Thorburn, and his co-driver Paul Beaton, won the prestigious title after beating rivals David Bogie and Kevin Rae on the McRae Stages rally in Perth.

Euan Thorburn won the McRae rally for the first time Credit: Euan Thorburn

Bogie, from Dumfries, has won the last five championships consecutively, but has been under pressure from Thorburn all year.

The two drivers went into the penultimate round of the championship with three wins each, but as they only count their best six of eight scores, a win for Thorburn was enough to take the title. Both Thorburn and Bogie had been battling it out all day over the 40 miles of Perthshire stages.

Going into the final stage there were only a few seconds separating the two, but it was Bogie who made the mistake and slid off.

This allowed Thorburn to take advantage of his mistake and take home the win.

The McRae stages is named after rallying legend Colin McRae, who was also one of Thorburn's heros.

The Duns driver will now go down in history as a motorsport champion, along with racing legend Jim Clark who is from the same Borders town.

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