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Brain injury man walks to Edinburgh

Rueben Boyce with his cart Credit: ITV Border

A man from Lochmaben who had a massive bleed on his brain has walked from his hometown to Edinburgh - pulling a cart weighing a quarter of a ton

63-year-old Reuben Boyes made the walk to thank doctors at Edinburgh's Western General Hospital.

In August 2012 Reuben suffered a head injury while at work. He fell into a coma that lasted 5 weeks and could have died during two major brain operations.

Doctors weren't sure if he'd even be able to walk again.

But now he has completed his 80 mile walk and raised £1,200 for the Brain and Spine Foundation charity.

He says he'll now set off walking on the return journey in the next few days - all 80 miles back again to Lochmaben.

"It was really emotional to make it to the Western General. I had a good cry and then I saw the staff on the ward and I stood under the sign saying surgery ward 32 where I was treated. "They couldn't believe I'd hauled that cart of mine all the way from Dumfriesshire just to say thanks to them.

– Rueben Boyes

Top UK sailing coaches visit Annandale club

Receiving top tuition Credit: ITV News Border

Around 50 young sailors have been taking part in a special youth training academy in Lochmaben.

Sailors from all over Scotland were given top tuition from some of the country's best coaches at Annandale Sailing Club.

Tim Ellis from the Royal Yachting Association Scotland, and Commodore of the Annandale Sailing Club, Stewart Mitchell, explain why sailing is such a fun sport to get involved in:

Sailing solo Credit: ITV News Border

The Royal Yacht Association Scotland have been touring various clubs around the country to pass on their skills and knowledge, and encourage more people into the sport.

Up to 50 young sailors took part in the training Credit: ITV News Border


Teenage girl missing in Lochmaben

Courtney Bodwick Credit: Police Scotland

Police Scotland are looking for a teenage girl, who was reported missing in the Lochmaben area yesterday (8 July) evening.

Courtney Bodwick, 16, was last seen at around 6:30pm.

She is described as 5'1", with a slim build, mousey brown shoulder length hair, and wearing a black/yellow shiny zipped jacket.

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101.


Anti-windfarm protest in Lochmaben

A number of people have turned out in Lochmaben to protest against the erection of seven wind turbines between Torthorwald and Hightae.

The 126 metre high turbines could generate enough clean energy to power over 13,100 homes every year.

Local MP David Mundell was at the protest, in support of the opponents to the wind farm.

"We acknowledge people's right to protest and are aware of the intensity of the feelings of those who object to our proposal.

" Our planning application will be determined by the local authority on the basis of its independent impacts and benefits and we are confident that this is an appropriately sited wind energy project with valuable local benefits."

– Airvolution

One dead in Lochmaben crash

A man has died in a crash on the A709 between Lochmaben and Lockerbie in Dumfries and Galloway.

The 23-year-old was driving a white Honda CRX when the incident happened at around 10.15pm last night (30th January).

The driver died at the scene and a 21-year-old male passenger was taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary after sustaining serious injuries.

His condition is described as serious but stable.

Both men are thought to be local.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or seen the car before the accident is asked to contact police on 0845 600 5701.

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