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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."

Home Office: "Expect to be caught by us and removed from the UK"

"Anyone in the UK illegally and seeking to evade our immigration laws should take heed of this latest operation. Expect to be caught by us and removed from the UK.

“The Home Office is working with colleagues at registration offices throughout Scotland and receives intelligence from a wide variety of sources.

"We will not hesitate to act against those who mistakenly believe that they can abuse the immigration system."

– Anna Beattie from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement team


Men arrested over 'sham' weddings travelled from all over England

Gretna registration office, where the men were arrested. Credit: ITV News Border

Eight men arrested just before a number of "sham" wedding ceremonies were due to take place in Gretna travelled from all over England.

Immigration officials say the areas include Bradford, Manchester, Southall, Blackburn and Wolverhampton.

There were five would-be grooms and three guests who were due to attend the ceremonies.

Six of the men have been detained pending their removal from the UK, while the remaining two must report regularly to the Home Office while their pending immigration cases are concluded.

The intended brides from the Czech Republic, Romania and the UK were interviewed and released.

Eight arrested over 'sham' weddings ceremonies

Eight men have been arrested by immigration officers in Gretna registration office.

The men from Pakistan and Indian were arrested just before six wedding ceremonies were due to take place on Thursday, July 18.

The arrests are part of a Home Office operation targeting fake weddings.

Police says they have arrested eight men aged between 27 and 40 - all of whom were in the UK illegally at the time of their arrest.

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