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"Yes" campaign target Labour voters in Dumfries

Those campaigning for Scotland's independence have been canvassing 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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Fiji's sporting elite come to Dumfries

The Fiji Commonwealth team got a warm welcome from the people of Dumfries
The Fiji Commonwealth team got a warm welcome from the people of Dumfries Credit: ITV News Border

Fiji's sporting elite have landed in the south of Scotland ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The team are one of only two groups who will not be based in Glasgow for the games.

Local children held a press conference with the Fiji team
Local children held a press conference with the Fiji team Credit: ITV News Border

They will be based in Dumfries for the duration of their stay and locals turned out in force to give them a warm welcome.

Local children had a chance to met and train with the athletes and even got the chance to hold a press conference with the team.

Dumfries to celebrate life and works of Robert Burns

He is one of Dumfries' most famous sons and, this weekend, the town is celebrating his life and works.

A cast of 70 will take to the streets to depict the final years of Robert Burns' life as part of a major literary festival.

As the finishing touches are being made, our reporter Ryan Dollard has been along to take a look behind the scenes at the final preparations.

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Suspicious fire at nature reserve

A fire which broke out at the Caerlaverock Nature Reserve near Dumfries is being treated as suspicious.

Police Scotland are investigating the fire, which took place at the Castle Corner car park sometime between Sunday, 13 July and Monday, 14 July.

A bench, wheelie bin and information leaflets were destroyed.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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