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Dumfries flood defence scheme set to move closer

Whitesands in Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

New flood defences in the Whitesands area of Dumfries could move a step closer today.

Councillors are meeting to chose their preferred method of protecting the area from flooding.

They're expected to choose a raised walkway alongside the river. But some local companies are concerned that could harm their businesses more than the flooding.


PICTURES: Remembrance Sunday in Dumfries

Hundreds turned out for memorial services in Dumfries Credit: ITV News Border

Hundreds of people braved the driving wind and rain in Dumfries to remember those who gave their lives during war.

Politicians, councillors, veterans and members of the public gathered at various war memorials across the town to pay their respects.

Wreaths were laid at the war memorial Credit: ITV News Border

The service fell silent for two minutes at 11 o'clock, to mark the end of the war.

The two minute silence Credit: ITV News Border

To officially end the service, the marching band and parade of veterans took place.

The parade of veterans Credit: ITV News Border

Everybody who attended the service had their own reasons for being there, some to remember fallen loved ones, others to say thank you to the soldiers fighting wars today.

For the 2015 Guid Nychburris Cornet, Ross Hyslop, it was about remembrance and tradition.

"Despite the terrible weather it's great to see so many people here to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"For myself, being Cornet, the history of Guid Nychburris is that it was traditionally always a soldier who was elected as Cornet, so it was very important for me to be here today."

– Ross Hyslop, 2015 Dumfries Cornet
Ross Hyslop, Dumfries Cornet 2015 Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries fireworks display cancelled due to weather

Fireworks. Credit: PA

A fireworks display due to take place at Whitesands in Dumfries has been cancelled, because of the weather forecast.

The display was due to take place on 8 November at 6pm, and was organised by Dumfries Devorgilla Rotary Club.

Money was to be raised for Cash for Kids and other local charities.

The event was cancelled because there is expected to be heavy rain and high winds, which could pose a safety risk.


Drivers warned of lengthy delays in Dumfries

Drivers in Dumfries are being warned that there could be lengthy delays at one of the town's busiest bottleneck junctions.

Dumfries and Galloway Council are carrying out improvement works to the 'Three Road Ends' at Bankend Road, Glencaple Road and Nithbank Junction.

The works are expected to last three weeks.

"We all know how frustrating it is when we are in the middle of a traffic jam and need to be somewhere in a hurry. I would ask anyone using the route to be patient during the road works. This work is essential and is being undertaken to improve the traffic congestion problem in the area."

– Spokesperson, D&G Council

Appeal after another deliberate fire in Dumfries and Galloway

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after another fire was deliberately started in Dumfries and Galloway.

Sometime between 22 and 29 September a new flat-packed garden shed was set on fire and completely destroyed.

It happened at a storage site in the Maxwelltown Industrial Estate in Dumfries, and the shed was worth around £500.

This was a reckless act which could have had some serious implications if other items or property in the yard had caught fire. Those responsible have had to break into the yard in order to carry out this act.

We are appealing to anyone who may seen any suspicious activity in the Maxwelltown Industrial Estate area over the past week to call us here at Dumfries on 101."

– Constable Kevin Smith at Dumfries

It follows an appeal the police sent out yesterday, after two other fires in the region which are thought to have been started deliberately:

Dumfries and Galloway fires thought to be deliberate

The two fires are thought to be deliberate. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after two suspicious fires in Dumfries and Galloway.

First, the front door and letterbox of a flat in Kirkcudbright were damaged by fire at around 3pm on Tuesday 29 September.

A neighbour extinguished the flames at the flat on Dee Road, and police now believe it was started deliberately.

The consequences of such a reckless act don't bear thinking about in this case. We want to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around the Dee Road area, and in particular in the vicinity of the flats around 1500 hours yesterday. Callers with information should call us at Kirkcudbright on 101."

– Constable Gillian Dingwall of Police Scotland

Another incident was reported at 12:20am today (Wednesday 30 September), when a car in Dumfries was set on fire.

The red Vauxhall Corsa was found in flames on Wallamhill Road in Locharbriggs, and was seriously damaged.

Extensive enquiries are being made into this reckless act and we are keen to trace a man who was seen in the vicinity the time of the fire. He is described as being white, in his early to mid 30s, stocky build, short dark hair and was wearing a black hooded tracksuit top with a black t-shirt underneath, black tracksuit bottoms and trainers. This man was walking three dogs, an alsatian, a black labrador and a small white dog. Anyone with any information which might help should call us at Dumfries on 101."

– Constable Paul Murphy at Dumfries
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