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Foundation stone for "friendship" cairn is laid

A cairn representing the links between England and Scotland was begun today.

The cairn is the idea of Cumbrian MP Rory Stewart who's been campaigning to persuade Scottish people to vote 'No' in the independence referendum on 18 September.

The 'Yes' campaign have welcomed the cairn but say it will stand as 'a symbol of the continued social union and friendship' between Scotland and the rest of the UK should there be a 'yes' vote.

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Statue to be built to build campaign support

Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart is launching a project to build support for the No Campaign in September's referendum on Scottish independence.

He wants to build a giant cairn of stones from all over the country - including from north of the border - on land near Gretna, which he says will represent the union between Scotland and England.

Calls for regeneration of Gretna Green

Dumfries and Galloway Council will discuss proposals to upgrade the tourist attraction today Credit: ITV News Border

Proposals to regenerate Gretna Green are up for discussion today, as Dumfries and Galloway council are recommended to pass a series of measures to revitalise the area.

It follows concerns that the world renowned tourist site would attract more visitors, if it was made more attractive itself.

A trip to the First House of Scotland

If Scotland votes "Yes" to independence on 18 September, the border with England could look very different in a year's time.

We sent our reporter Fiona McIlwraith to a well-known Gretna landmark, turned cafe, to find out what people think about the possibility of having a cup of tea across an international border.

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Multi vehicle pile up on M6

Part of the M6 near Carlisle has been closed following an accident believed to involve a lorry and up to four cars.

The incident happened at Mossband on the Southbound motorway between Gretna and Carlisle.

No-one is thought to have been seriously hurt.

Emergency services are currently at the scene.

One lane of the motorway has been reopened.

It's believed the cars involved are a Toyota, a BMW, a Volvo and a Renault.

Police haven't released the details about their drivers or passengers at this time.

The motorway was closed for a time between junctions 46 and 45 at Kingstown after the accident.

Funding for 'Star of Caledonia' on hold

Dumfries and Galloway Council has postponed a decision on whether to come up with £1 million pounds towards the Star of Caledonia sculpture in Gretna.

Councillors say they need more time to look at the funding process before giving the money.

One million pounds has already been pledged from other sources to help pay for the landmark on the Scottish English border.

The council will look at the funding issue again at a meeting to be held in May.

Murdered grandmother case receiving no new information

The mystery surrounding the death of a Grandmother whose body was found in a Cumbrian wood may never be solved as detectives wind down their investigation.

The remains of Elizabeth "Betty" Brown were discovered in woods between Longtown and Gretna in Janurary 2011.

“Following the inquest we completed a number of actions and unfortunately no new leads came up. We still have a small number of actions to complete. Following that the case will be reviewed regularly as a cold case. We are always open to new information and if there is anyone who does have this information, we would ask that they contact Police so we can investigate further.”

– Detective Inspector Doug Marshall, Cumbria Police

Murder investigation into grandmother's death may never be solved

The mystery surrounding the death of a grandmother whose body was found in a Cumbrian wood may never be solved as detectives wind down their investigation.

The remains of Elizabeth "Betty" Brown were discovered in woods between Longtown and Gretna in Janurary 2011.

She was found decomposed and semi naked eight months after she went missing.

An inquest ruled in February that she may been sexually assaulted before being killed.

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