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Dumfries hosts Scotland's first autotest championships for 18 years

Dumfries is holding Scotland's first MSA/BTRDA British autotest championships for 18 years.

Some of the fastest precision drivers in the country will race, throwing and sliding their cars round tight maneuverability tests.

Two local drivers, Warren Gillespie and Willie Keaning, contest the series and will be vying for class points in their Vauxhall Novas.

Amongst others, they'll be joined by fifteen Irish drivers, where the sport is also popular.

There'll be a similar event on Sunday morning in aid of the 'Maximum Attack' charity for leukaemia research. Club level competitors will join the championship regulars for the team event.

The action runs from 11am to 3.30pm on both days, and spectators are welcome to attend.

Road resurfacing set to cause traffic delays

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Drivers are set to face disruption when a £415,000 road improvement scheme gets underway near Dumfries.

Scotland TranServ is resurfacing a stretch of carriageway on the A5701 from Shieldhill to Blairhall Road - located around five miles north of Dumfries - from 7pm on Sunday 26 July to 6am Friday 7 August.

Transport Scotland say the scheme takes its investment in Dumfries and Galloway in the past 12 months to over £4.5 million.

While work is taking place a convoy system will be in operation overnight with two-way traffic lights in operation during day time hours although there will be no works or traffic management in place from Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August.

“This scheme will improve the busy section of road on the A701 for local residents, commercial businesses and motorists for years to come.

“Motorists can keep up to date with real time traffic information by visiting www.trafficscotland.org or following @TrafficScotland on Twitter. Advanced warning signs will also be in place on the approach to inform motorists that roadworks are taking place.”

– Gordon Wilson, contract director for Scotland TranServ

National honour for Dumfries curler

Sophie Jackson. Credit: Brydone Images

Dumfries curler Sophie Jackson has claimed her first Scottish Championship title and will now head to Switzerland in September to represent Scotland at the World Championships.

She'll be joined by Bobby Lammie from Stranraer who qualified as part of the same team.

Sophie, who trains at Dumfries Ice Bowl, has played in both the Junior Scottish and Ladies Scottish Championships this year, and has now added the Scottish Mixed Champion title to her collection of honours .

The Scottish Mixed Championships were held in Aberdeen with teams made up of two male and two female players.

Sophie and Bobby played in team Bryce. Team Bryce had been in dominant form all weekend and this continued in the final.

Their victory means Sophie and Bobby have qualified for the first ever World Mixed Curling Championship, taking place from 12- 19 September 2015 in Bern, Switzerland.

Sophie Jackson and Bobby Lammie in action Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

“I am honoured and delighted to have the chance to represent Team Scotland at these championships and also, be an ambassador for Dumfries Young Curlers, Dumfries Ice Bowl and Dumfries Ice Bowl Curling Association.”

– Sophie Jackson

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Jewellery theft worth £50k leaves Dumfries woman distraught

A woman from Dumfries has told ITV News Border she is distraught that burglars have taken £50,000 worth of jewellery from her home while she was on holiday.

Carol Williamson, whose family runs the Ivanos Italian takeaway in Dumfries, has said most of her jewellery was of sentimental value.

She believes that her home insurance will not cover the amount stolen.

It's thought that the theft happened sometime between July 3rd and July 10th.

The items stolen included:

  • An emerald and diamond ring, bracelet and necklace.
  • Pearl necklaces and a number of diamond rings and earrings.
  • A quantity of cash was also stolen in the raid.
  • A tanzanite and diamond ring, bracelet and necklace.

Watch Matthew Taylor's report here:

Police are now warning people to take precautions when they are away.

Jewellery worth £50k stolen from Dumfries home

Jewellery worth more than £50,000 has been stolen during a break-in to a house in Pleasance Avenue in Dumfries.

It happened sometime between Saturday 20 June and Friday 10 July 2015.

An unknown amount of money was also stolen in the raid.

Detective Constable Lorna Douglas of Police Scotland in Dumfries said, "We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in Pleasance Avenue, in the area around Troqueer Primary School over this period".

The jewellery stolen is of high value and includes a tanzanite and diamond ring, bracelet and necklace and an emerald and diamond ring, bracelet and necklace, pearl necklaces and a number of diamond rings and earrings."

– Detective Constable Lorna Douglas
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