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Big Burns Supper gets underway

"The carnival will be spectacular, there will be more than 4,000 people parading through the streets, there will be 2015 lanterns to help celebrate the 2015 UNESCO Year of Light, there will be six bands, six big floats, hundreds of costumes, thousands of people on the streets, it's going to be absolutely spectacular."

– Matthew Shelley, Big Burns Supper

Man jumps into River Nith to rescue phone

This incident follows the ongoing search for Macauley McQueen. Credit: ITV Border

Police are warning people of open water dangers after a man jumped into the River Nith in Dumfries to rescue his mobile phone.

He got into difficulty but was helped out of the water by two bypassers.

This latest incident comes off the back of a major search for missing Dumfries teenager Macauley McQueen, who hasn't been seen since entering the Nith last Monday.

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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
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