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Salmond greets Dumfries Yes supporters

The First Minister of Scotland met with Yes campaigners in Dumfries today.

He is touring Scotland by helicopter in the lead up to Thursday's referendum on Scottish Independence.

He stopped for pictures and hugs on the Devorgilla bridge with supporters.

Alex Salmond hugs a supporter Credit: ITV Border
Mr Salmond chats to a campaigner Credit: ITV Border
Posing with young voters for a selfie Credit: ITV Border

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Dumfries toddler struck by car

Police are appealing for information after a three-year-old boy was hit by a car in Dumfries.

The incident happened on Rosevale Street at 3.30 pm on Saturday 30th August.

The boy's father had pulled over to speak to a friend when the child took off his seatbelt and stepped out onto the road. He was then hit by a red Peugeot.

He was taken taken to Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow where he is described as being in a serious but stable condition.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101.

Headstones damaged at Dumfries cemetery

Two gravestones have been damaged in the Troqueer Cemetery in Dumfries.

Police say the headstones were pushed over and flowers had been scattered around the graves at some point between Saturday, 16, and Sunday, 17 August.

The foundations of the stones were left damages but the stones themselves were not.

"It is appalling that people can carry out an act such as this in a place like a graveyard. These places are not playgrounds and people should not use them as such."

– Constable Gary Adair, Police Scotland

Anyone with any information which may help trace those responsible is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man critically ill after a 'serious' road crash

A man is critically ill in hospital after a 'serious' road traffic accident in Dumfries.

He was left with multiple broken bones and spinal injuries after his Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle collided with a white VW Transporter camper van.

The incident happened at 7:30pm yesterday, Thursday 7 August, on the A701 to Edinburgh road, at the junction which leads to the Ae Water/Loch Ettrick area.

The driver of the VW Transporter was uninjured.

Polioce are asking anyone who may have been on this road at this time and can help should call Police Scotland on 101.

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Stooshe and Conor Maynard join bill at Dumfries festival

Karis Anderson, Courtney Rumbold and Alexandra Buggs of Stooshe Credit: PA

Dumfries plays host to Scotland's largest free music event this weekend, as the Youthbeatz Festival gets underway in the town.

Girl group Stooshe will join teen sensation Conor Maynard on stage in Dock Park from midday tomorrow, Saturday 8 August.

Last year's X-Factor runner-up Nicky McDonald is also performing at the event.

"Yes" campaign target Labour voters in Dumfries

Those campaigning for Scotland's independence have been canvassing in Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

The "Yes" campaign have been in Locharbriggs in Dumfries as they target voters from Labour's traditional heartlands.

Those campaigning for Scotland's independence in September's referendum believe that many voters who traditionally would vote Labour are switching to the "Yes" side.

But the Scottish Labour Party say that only a Labour Government in Westminster can provide jobs and prosperity, which would be threatened by a 'yes' vote.

"We know that a lot of Labour voters are moving towards 'yes' because they don't like the socially divisive policies of Westminster Governments. The Tory's have got £25 billion of cuts still to come and Labour have said that they are going to mirror that. "So what ever Government we vote for we are going to get these cuts from Westminster and so housing estates like Locharbriggs we've got a lot of support here because of that."

– Joan McAlpine, MSP. Scottish National Party
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