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.
An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire which led to nine people having to be rescued from their homes in the early hours of this morning.
Nobody was hurt in the fire at a block of flats near Kirkcudbright. But considerable damage was caused to two properties. Lori Carnochan reports.
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."
Nine people were evacuated from a flat fire after a resident returned home to find his flat filled with smoke.
Two of the four flats in the block have extensive fire and water damage.
No one was injured and the fire is not being treated as suspicious.
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."
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 in Kirkcudbright want to speak to the owner of a silver Rover or MG seen in the St Mary's Isle area of the town on around 11pm on Saturday night.
The appeal comes after a 23 year-old man was assaulted there an altercation at a festival.
He is in a stable condition in hospital.
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.
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."
A local MSP has defended a decision to close a number of sheriff courts in Scotland, including Peebles and Duns, saying she "could not argue" against the arguments put forward by Scotland's most senior judge, Lord Gill to support their closure.
SNP MSP Christine Grahame says the closures do not mean users of the justice system in the Borders will receive a poorer service.
In the Lord Gill’s view the current network of sheriff courts is not fit for purpose and I could not argue against his sensible testimony to the committee. After all throughout his distinguished legal career Lord Gill has worked his way up from grass roots level and knows the system inside out. It was the intellectual case rather than the financial one which won the day.