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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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Kirkcudbright flat fire 'arduous and difficult'

Weather conditions made tackling Kirkcudbright flat fire 'arduous and difficult'.

"The upper floor of one of the flats was gutted and extensive damage has been caused to the roofs. The two flats at the side of the property were protected.

"Due to the weather conditions last night the fire was very arduous and difficult to tackle."

– Neville Wright, Area Commander, Scottish Fire and Rescue

Nine rescued in Kirkcudbright flat fire

Nine people have been rescued by firefighters who are dealing with a fire in a block of flats in Kirkcudbright.

Crews from Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse of Fleet were called at 1am but due to the size of the fire additional appliances were called from Castle Douglas and Dumfries.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews are currently working alongside colleagues from Police Scotland to resolve the situation.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus sets have entered the smoke filled flats, with a number of firefighting water jets, to deal with the fire situation.

"Nine residents have been guided to a place safety out with the building."

– Spokesperson, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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Man stabbed with a broken bottle

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked with a broken bottle at a music festival in Kirkudbright on Saturday night.

His injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

Police would like to speak to anyone who attended the festival who may have witnessed the incident or who saw anyone leaving the area in a hurry.

– Police Scotland spokesman

Man arrested in connection with south-west Scotland shooting

A 51-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting incident in south west Scotland.

It follows reports that a shotgun was being fired close to members of the public at Carrick Shore near Kirkcudbright on Sunday (21st July).

The man has been released on bail and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Nobody was hurt in the incident.

MP's anger as Christine Grahame votes to close Border courts

Tweeddale MP David Mundell has expressed his disappointment and anger that SNP MSPs have pushed through plans that will close Peebles Sheriff Court.

Tweeddale member Christine Grahame, the Justice committee convener, was one of the MSP's who backed the closure plans.

"Peebles and its court have been let down by their local MSP. I am deeply disappointed that Christine Grahame wasn’t able to stand up to her SNP whips and make sure that the MSPs got their say.

"Local people have been badly let down by democracy and I am quite certain that local justice will suffer as a consequence of this decision.

“The SNP members today had a chance to stand up for their communities, but instead took the cowardly way out to ensure they didn’t upset Alex Salmond.

"This is a damaging decision, and one that we will soon see is a mistake."

– Tweeddale MP David Mundell
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