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Man in 'life threatening' condition after crash with digger

A man is in hospital with life threatening injuries following a crash with a digger in Dumfries and Galloway.

Police report that the crash happened on the B7076 Gretna to Elvanfoot Road, near to Dinwoodie Lodge Hotel in Lockerbie, on 17th November.

Around 4.40pm a yellow Audi A3, driven by a 52-year-old man from Johnstonebridge, and a JCB digger, driven by a 19-year-old from Biggar, crashed.

A third vehicle, a Daf articulated lorry, was also travelling past the scene but was not involved in the crash.

The driver of the Audi car was freed and airlifted to to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow where his injuries are described as life threatening.

Anyone with information about the crash should call Police Scotland at Lockerbie on 101.


Driver of tractor sought after crash

Police would like to speak to the driver of a red tractor after it was involved in a crash on the road between Lockerbie and Dalton.

The incident happened at 8:30am on Friday, 15 August.

A beige coloured Skoda Fabia pulled over to let the tractor past but a rake implement attached to the back of the tractor hit the car, causing damage.

The man is said to have had dark hair and is thought to be between 18 and 20-years-old.

Two women sought after Lockerbie theft

Police are appealing for information to trace two women in connection with a theft in Lockerbie.

Jewellery worth more than £400, including watches and bracelets, were stolen from Elegance on the town's high street at about 3pm on Wednesday, 9 July.

One of the women is described as being about 50-years-old, with long dark hair, a number of missing teeth and a tattoo on her left arm.

She was also said to be wearing dark leggings, a black short sleeved vest and sandals.

The second woman was said to be 24-years-old, about 5ft 4in, wearing black leggings, a blue top with flowers and lemons on it and sandals.

Both women were said to have spoken in broken English.

Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on the 101 number.

Bond stuntman to crack the whip at Chariots of Fire Centre

Ben with horse on set of Die Another Day 1999

A former stuntman will visit the Chariots of Fire Carriage Driving Centre to continue building his confidence after a life threatening accident.

The centre, near Lockerbie, teaches competitive carriage driving to those with disabilities including special needs and able bodied people.

Ben with Bond villain Toby Stephens 1999

Ben Bellman was a stuntman on films such as Gladiator, Charlotte Grey and James Bond movie 'Die Another Day'. Despite having sky dived for over 1000 times, his career ended after a sky-diving accident in 2001. It was thought that he would not live.

His family were warned that if he did survive, he may never walk or talk again. However Ben has been proving doctors wrong and will travel by train from London to Lockerbie.

In 1999 his first role was riding horseback alongside Russell Crowe in Gladiator.

Being around horses again is something which Ben is looking forward to:

'I’m really looking forward to it”, he said, “I love horses and this is the first time I’ll have had the chance to be with them since my accident'.


Car overturned in accident at Lockerbie

An accident has happened this morning on the B7068 at Lockerbie. Credit: ITV Border

An accident has happened this morning, 9 June, on the B7068 at Lockerbie.

A car was overturned in the incident which happened between 8.00-9.30am.

It is believed that there are no serious injuries but a man has been taken to hospital.

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Timeline: al-Megrahi's conviction and appeals

The family of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, along with 24 relatives of Lockerbie bombing victims, have today launched a posthumous appeal against the Libyan's convictions.

It marks the latest step in a protracted legal battle since Megrahi's conviction at a special court in the Netherlands in 2001.

  • May 2000: Megrahi and another Libyan, Al Amin Khalifa Fahima, begin trial at a special Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands.
  • January 2001: Megrahi convicted of murdering 270 people, Fahima is acquitted.
  • January 2002: First appeal, heard in front of five judges, is unsuccessful - Megrahi begins a life sentence in a Glasgow prison.
  • June 2007: Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission (SCRCC) sends case to the High Court for appeal, saying Megrahi "may have suffered a miscarriage of justice".
  • August 2009: Megrahi released from prison on compassionate grounds after doctors say he will die from cancer within months.
  • May 2012: Megrahi dies at home in Tripoli.
  • June 2014: Megrahi's family and relatives of victim announce a new appeal is being sent to the SCCRC.
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Megrahi 'pressurised to drop appeal', lawyers claim

Lawyers appealing the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi for the Lockerbie bombing say they have evidence the Libyan was put under pressure not to pursue an earlier appeal.

Mr Megrahi was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds in 2009, before dying at home in Libya in 2012.

Law firm Aamer Anwar & Co say Mr Megrahi was pressurised into "dropping his appeal as a condition of his immediate release" - a claim both the British and Scottish governments have denied.

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