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Dumfries woman dies after falling from bike

A woman from Dumfries has died after falling off her bike.

The 50-year-old from Loch Road was taken to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh where she died as a result of serious head injuries on Friday 14 March.

The woman was riding her bike along Albert Road at about 7:30pm on Monday 10 March when she lost her balance and fell.

She had been delivering phone books in the area.

Police launched a crash investigation at the time of her fall but said no other vehicles were involved

Bust of Robert Burns removed from Dumfries theatre during refurbishment

The bust of Robert Burns, which has been in the Theatre Royal in Dumfries since 1960, has been moved to his favourite pub in the town during the refurbishment.

'The Globe' pub will keep the bust of the Bard during the Homecoming celebrations this year and until the theatre re-opens.

Theatre Royal in Dumfries Credit: ITV News
Theatre Royal in Dumfries Credit: ITV News
Robert Burns bust is removed before refurbishment gets underway Credit: ITV News


Dumfries theatre to close for over a year

Scotland's oldest continuous working theatre has closed for major refurbishment.

The Theatre Royal in Dumfries will be shut for just over a year to complete a £2million upgrade.

A bust of Robert Burns, one of the original patrons of the theatre, which has stood overlooking the stage for five decades has been moved to the Bard's favourite pub 'The Globe' where it will stay until the theatre re-opens.


Families criticise length of crash inquiry

The families of the 16 men who died in a helicopter crash in the North Sea in 2009 have criticised the length of the inquiry.

Read: Helicopter operator failures blamed for fatal crash

The wreckage of the crash, that killed 16 men in 2009. Credit: Press Association archive

Speaking at a news conference in Aberdeen, their lawyer Chris Gordon reiterated calls for a public inquiry and asked the Crown Office to revisit the question of whether there should be prosecutions. He said:

"It is five years since this accident happened. The inquiry has taken far too long.

Many of the witnesses could simply not remember anything. It is an appalling state of affairs which the families all agree with."

More: Helicopter operator says findings have not been proved beyond reasonable doubt

North Sea helicopter crash: 'lessons have been learned'

A statement from Bond Offshore said: "We have always accepted that we made mistakes through honest confusion over telephone calls and emails.

"Lessons needed to be learned, lessons have been learned and lessons continue to be learned."

"We would like to express again our deep sorrow at the 16 lives lost in 2009. We owe it to their memories, and to the 160,000 men and women we carry every year, to continue to deliver the highest standards of safety in everything we do."

– Bond Offshore

North Sea helicopter crash 'might have been avoided'

An inquiry into a North Sea helicopter crash that killed 16 men has found that the crash might have been avoided.

Fourteen oil workers, including David Rae from Dumfries, and two crew died when a Bond Super Puma plunged into the water off the Aberdeenshire coast on April 1, 2009.

A six-week fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the circumstances of the crash was held before Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle at Aberdeen's Town House earlier this year.

Sheriff Pyle found that the accident might have been avoided if several failures by Bond had not occurred.


Dumfries children discover the story behind Peter Pan

A group of children from St Andrew’s primary school have been learning all about the story of Peter Pan, and went along to visit Moat Brae House to see where his inspiration came from.

Barbara Chierici Black is a teacher at St Andrews Credit: ITV News Border

Barbara Chierici Black is a teacher at the school. She said: “Obviously they know characters from the stories which we have discussed in the nursery, what type of character they were, whether they were a baddie or a goodie and why they were a goody or why they were a baddy."

She continued: "They’ve just thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed it and we’ve had a lot of parents helping and all the parents are getting involved and even the staff. “

Cathy Agnew is the Project Director of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust. She hopes that lots of people will attend the free tours and give their feedback on the progress so far.

Cathy Agnew is the Project Director of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trus Credit: ITV News Border

She said: "We’d like people to come along and see what we’ve done so far, the end of the phase A works where we have this wind and water-tight shell and the house is saved.

"We want them to see what we’ve actually done and then have a look at our ideas and plans for the future, and we can tell them that it’s going to be a centre for children’s literature and story telling and they can have their say too."

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