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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

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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.

Man charged over sheep worrying

A 50 year old man's been reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with the deaths of a number of sheep in an alleged dog attack.

The alleged attack happened at West Scales Farm, Rigg near Gretna on 1 November 2013 in which 24 sheep died.

Police say they have reported a local man for offences under the Dogs (Protection

of Livestock) Act 1953 in relation to the sheep worrying.

The dogs in question are two Alsatians.

Police appeal after sheep attack near Gretna

Police are investigating after two sheep were killed and 25 more injured by a dog near Gretna.

The attack happened at West Scales farm at Rigg.

Police say 10 of the injured animals had to be put down after being examined by a vet.

They want to speak to a man who was seen in the area last week walking a black Staffordshire or Pitbull terrier type of dog.

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First World War remembered in Gretna

Next year will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War, and work to mark that centenary starts in Gretna and Eastriggs tonight.

Young people there are beginning an arts and theatre project to help remember the conflict, and the impact it had on the area.

There is little evidence of it now, but during the Great War 20,000 munitions workers made explosives in huge factories in south-west Scotland.

Matthew Taylor reports:

£10k grant to explore history of Gretna munitions factory

Workers in the old munitions factory Credit: ITV News Border

A youth theatre in Langholm has been given £10,000 by the heritage lottery fund to explore the history of the first world war's largest munitions factory in Gretna.

Central Stage theatre received the money to commemorate the war's centenary next year.

Commenting on the award, project facilitator Chris Jones, said:

"It's great that we have been awarded this grant and we can't wait to get started.

"The people who worked in this area made an immense contribution to the First World War effort and I believe the area is unique in the UK as much of what was built nearly 100 years ago is still in use today.

"We are all really excited working with the local community to shape the story and sharing the heritage and history together."

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