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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

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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.


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


Kirkcudbright pupils hold WW2 style party

Pupils at Kirkcudbright School have thrown a WW2 theme party for older residents.

The children, who are all in Primary Seven, have been learning about World War Two and invited 150 older people from the local community to join in with the fun.

Kirkcudbright pupils performed popular wartime songs and poetry. Credit: ITV Border

The children sang popular wartime songs, read poetry and told stories of what life was like for children growing up in the war.

Afterwards the guests were treated to war-themed cakes that they had baked.

Silver lining for metal detectorists

A treasure hunter has told how a five-hour search in atrocious weather ended with him and a fellow enthusiast netting a haul of medieval silver coins.

Derek McLennan and Gus Paterson reportedly used metal detectors to discover the coins in a field at Twynholm, near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, shortly before Christmas.

Overall, the men netted 322 coins, which are said to carry images of various monarchs of the time.

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