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Boy, 12, crushed to death in Dumfries and Galloway

Despite efforts by emergency services, the boy died at the scene Credit: ITV Border

A 12-year-old boy has been crushed to death by a large wooden pole in a Dumfries and Galloway village.

Police Scotland say the boy became trapped on land next to the Mill Hill Medical Centre on Nivison Road, Kelloholm, at 4.40pm on October 15.

Despite efforts by emergency services to save him, the boy died at the scene.

One eyewitness, who lives 200 yards away from the scene, told ITV Border:

A group of children came knocking frantically at my door saying their friend was hurt. I went down to the logs, but I could see there was nothing I could do so I rang the police. It's still raw today."

– Michael Harrison, eyewitness

The reality is that a young boy went out to play and he's not returned. And clearly, with great distress to family, friends, children and the local community here at Kelloholm. Which I know is a very small, tight community.

We are going to be speaking with Health and Safety Executives today."

– Bryan Lee, Detective Inspector

New life line for rural villages in D&G

Efforts are underway to breathe new life into a part of Dumfries and Galloway that has been crying out for regeneration.

Kirkconnel and Kelloholm were once thriving mining villages, but have been in decline for many years.

Now, the community is working together on a new action plan to create jobs, and give people a reason to stay.

Lori Carnochan has been to meet some of them.

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Community plan is 'for the future'

"I've got three kids and they all work away from the area to get decent employment so it's for the future. It's absolutely vital that we keep our primary school, that's the hub of the village but we'd like to create employment for the future generations and also it's really important for the elderly as well.

– Cllr John Syme, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Communities come together in Kirkconnel and Kelloholm

Efforts are underway to breathe new life into a part of Dumfries and Galloway that has been crying out for regeneration.

Kirkconnel and Kelloholm were once thriving mining villages, but have been in decline for many years.

Now, the community is working together on a new action plan to create jobs, and give people a reason to stay.

Arsonists set off more grass fires in South West Scotland

A number of grass fires have been started in Dumfries and Galloway over the Easter period.

Police say that the latest were set alight last night at on waste ground between Glenwhargen Avenue in Kelloholm and the River Nith.

The second was on waste ground between Blackaddie Road Sanquhar Police Station.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Police Scotland on the new non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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