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Death crash in Dumfries and Galloway

Police Scotland are investigating a fatal accident on the A7 around two miles from Langholm yesterday.

It is believed the mini involved crashed down an embankment on the main road between Edinburgh and Carlisle.

The driver died at the scene.

Police believe that the accident occured between 2am and 7:30am and no other vehicles were involved.

The road was closed until 4:30pm with diversions running both north and south.

We are trying to establish the cause of the accident and to find out the exact time it happened. We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the accident or anyone who saw the vehicle registration mark YG64XU during the evening and overnight on Friday.

– Police Scotland

Councillor hopes old hospital will make community hub

People in Langholm are welcoming a proposal for a new hospital in the town.

The Thomas Hope Hospital has been under threat for over 20 years and it's hoped that the proposed new hospital will safeguard the health services as well as allowing a new community hub to be established:

"I think also because it's right in the heart of the community in the centre of town that the services we need for the elderly, the care services, the day centre ambulance service, library, all that can move into this building and really make it the hub of the community."

– Cllr Dennis Male, Annandale East and Eskdale

New £3 million hospital announced in Langholm

For 20 years the Langholm hospital has been under threat of closure. However, Dumfries and Galloway health board has announced that up to £3 million will be spent to replace it with a new community hospital.

Councillor Denis Male says that the old 'iconic' hospital building should still be kept for the community:

Langholm's hospital facilities discussed

Langholm's existing community hospital has 12 beds Credit: ITV Border

Plans are being discussed for a new community hospital in Langholm.

There's been a ten year battle to try to keep the town's Thomas Hope Hospital open.

Now the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway and the local council are looking at options for a hospital on a new site.


£10,000 fine after Borders Fine Arts explosion

A company in Carlisle have been fined more than £10,000 after and explosion in at the Borders Fine Arts factory.

Enesco Limited of Carlisle who own the company pled guilty today at Dumfries Sheriff court to a failure to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to its employees where dangerous substances were present.

The Health and Safety Executive were investigating the explosion at the property in Townfoot, Langholm which happened on 11 July 2012.

No one was injured in the explosion but it caused significant damage to the property, where the company manufactures hand crafted and hand painted ornaments.

“It was simply good fortune that no employees were in the vicinity of the explosion and that no one was injured or killed.

“To become operational again the company has engaged pro-actively with the Health and Safety Executive and a full DSEAR assessment has been undertaken and all necessary manufacturing controls implemented”.

– Gary Aitken, Head of COPFS Health & Safety Division
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