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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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Calvin Harris pulls out of MTV EMA awards

The MTV European Music Awards (EMA) published a tweet saying the Dumfries-born DJ had pulled out of the show because of illness.

The EMAs are being held in Glasgow on Sunday night.

Dumfries machine goes to Africa

A machine that was designed and built near Dumfries is helping poor farmers in Africa.

Two of the rice and corn threshing devices have already been sent to Malawi.

Peddles are used to power them so they can be used in remote communities that don't have electricity.

This machine was being shown at a Fairtrade exhibition in Dumfries..

" It combs it, it threshes, it works much more efficiently. It separates it straight away. It will save so much time and it's a sustainable technology."

– Rolf Buwert, Dumfries Fairtrade Group

Cash for Dumfries Peter Pan house

The Dumfries house connected to Peter Pan author JM Barrie has been awarded six hundred and fifty thousand pounds from Creative Scotland.

The writer used to live in the town and took inspiration from the gardens at Moat Brae House.

It's now undergoing a major restoration project to turn it into a children's literature centre.

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