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South Scotland zoo set to close

The Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park near Kirkcudbright will shut on Sunday 10 September Credit: ITV Border

A south of Scotland zoo that's home to nearly 100 animals from all over the world is closing.

The Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park near Kirkcudbright will shut on Sunday 10 September after more than 15 years. The owners said it was closing for personal reasons. Some of the animals are being re-homed and others will remain on the park site.

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Primary pupils sing in parliament

Kirkcudbright Primary Pupils with MSPs Humza Yousaf MSP and Emma Harper Credit: Emma Harper MSP

Primary sevens pupils from Kirkcudbright Primary School visited the Scottish parliament to sing for MSPs.

The group attended First Minister’s Questions yesterday before entertaining MSPs in the Parliament’s Garden Lobby with renditions of ‘The Circle of Life’, ‘Loch Lomond’ and Caledonia.

The pupils and their teachers were hosted in Parliament by south Scotland MSP Emma Harper.

“It’s always an absolute pleasure to have school groups into the parliament – something to look forward to.

“The kids went into the chamber to watch First Minister’s Questions and went on a tour of the building, but the highlight was definitely performing in the Garden Lobby for a crowd of MSPs, government ministers and the Presiding Officer – and the performance was pitch perfect!

“They got to meet the crowd afterwards and were excited to speak to Ken Macintosh the PO, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, and many others.

“I can’t wait to do it all again soon.”

– Emma Harper, South Scotland MSP

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards train in Dundrennan

The new jackal Credit: ITV Border

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have been training at the Dundrennan Ranges near Kirkcudbright after taking delivery of their new armoured vehicle- the jackal.

It's part of the army's restructure as they move into lighter armoured vehicles. The jackal replaces the more traditional tanks.

"It's a good piece of kit for the job for the role we're in.

"It gives you good capability out on the ground and in the recce perspective and also in the manoeuvring to get you out of difficult situations quickly."

– Clp Dale Edwards, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

'Domestic appliance' could be source of Kirkcudbright fire

ITV Border Credit: ITV Border

Early indications show that a 'domestic appliance' could be to blame for a major fire at a hotel in Kirkcudbright, according to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

More than 30 firefighters and five fire engines were deployed to the Gordon House hotel on Thursday evening, when a large fire broke out at the rear of the building.

A fire investigation is now underway Credit: ITV News Border

Residents in the hotel and surrounding properties were evacuated, but no injuries were sustained.

The fire took several hours to control, due to the difficulty of it's source at the rear of the hotel.

Joseph Hamill, Scottish Fire and Rescue Credit: ITV News Border

"The fire was out the back on a flat roof section of the building, which is an extension of this listed building. It broke through the roof quite quickly so it was important for crews to get there quickly. There was a danger to our crews of a possible collapse so we initially fought the fire from outside."

– Joseph Hamill, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
The surrounding street was cordoned off Credit: ITV News Border

A full investigation will now begin to determine what exactly caused the fire.

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Dumfries and Galloway fires thought to be deliberate

The two fires are thought to be deliberate. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after two suspicious fires in Dumfries and Galloway.

First, the front door and letterbox of a flat in Kirkcudbright were damaged by fire at around 3pm on Tuesday 29 September.

A neighbour extinguished the flames at the flat on Dee Road, and police now believe it was started deliberately.

The consequences of such a reckless act don't bear thinking about in this case. We want to hear from anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around the Dee Road area, and in particular in the vicinity of the flats around 1500 hours yesterday. Callers with information should call us at Kirkcudbright on 101."

– Constable Gillian Dingwall of Police Scotland

Another incident was reported at 12:20am today (Wednesday 30 September), when a car in Dumfries was set on fire.

The red Vauxhall Corsa was found in flames on Wallamhill Road in Locharbriggs, and was seriously damaged.

Extensive enquiries are being made into this reckless act and we are keen to trace a man who was seen in the vicinity the time of the fire. He is described as being white, in his early to mid 30s, stocky build, short dark hair and was wearing a black hooded tracksuit top with a black t-shirt underneath, black tracksuit bottoms and trainers. This man was walking three dogs, an alsatian, a black labrador and a small white dog. Anyone with any information which might help should call us at Dumfries on 101."

– Constable Paul Murphy at Dumfries
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