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Quintinshill rail disaster tree vandalised

The tree was planted in memory of the Quintinshill rail disaster Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland report that a commemorative tree planted in May this year by HRH Princess Anne at Gretna Green has been cut down sometime overnight Friday 21 August.

The pear tree was planted to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Quintinshill rail disaster.

Constable Andy Aitken of Police Scotland at Gretna said:

it beggars belief that someone has carried out such a wanton act of vandalism.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of The Green at Gretna Green to get in touch through 101 if they can help."

– Andy Aitken, Police Scotland

Police Constable Ewan Fraser says the police are appealing for information form the public.


Woman dies in A74 crash

Police Scotland. Credit: PA

A 48-year-old woman has died after a crash on a slip road off the A74, near Gretna.

Police say at around 7pm, on Sunday 2 August, the driver, who has not been named, appeared to lose control of her Volkswagen Touran.

The car went down the embankment at the slip road of the A74 at Junction 22, Gretna.

The woman died at the scene, and four other people in the car were injured:

  • 12-year-old boy was seriously injured and is being treated at hospital in Newcastle
  • 70-year-old woman was seriously injured and is being treated at hospital in Newcastle
  • 43-year-old woman was injured
  • 21-year-old woman was injured

The police say the woman's family have still not all been made aware of her death.

The slip road was closed while investigations took place, but has now re-opened.

I am appealing to any motorists who may have seen the silver-coloured Volkswagen Touran on the A74 prior to it exiting on to the slip road and perhaps noticed anything or who may have seen directly what happened. Please contact 101 with any information."

– Inspector Neil Hewitson, from Road Policing

Watch: the woman who sold it all... to find love

Nicci Taylor sold her possessions and bought a camper van, so that she can travel around Scotland to find the perfect husband.

Her first stop was Gretna Green, and our reporter Matthew Taylor (no relation, yet...) went to help her find romance:


Pupils spray poppies to remember train crash dead

Leith Academy pupils spraying poppies Credit: ITV Border

Pupils from Leith Academy have been spraying poppies onto the pavement, to commemorate the 1915 Quintinshill disaster.

A train carrying hundreds of soldiers, many of them from the Leith Battalion of Royal Scots, crashed into a passenger service near to Gretna. It's remembered as the worst rail crash in Britain's history.

Over £1million given for Gretna centre transformation

More than a million pounds has been awarded to transform the centre of Gretna.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has approved the funds to renovate the area around Central Avenue. The project, expected to start in March, aims to provide more open spaces and a greener environment.

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