Live updates

Princess Anne to open Annandale Distillery

Princess Anne Credit: PA
The Annandale Distillery. Credit: ITV Border

Princess Anne will officially open the Annandale Distillery and Visitor Centre this morning.

It's been closed for around 90 years, but is now producing single malt scotch whisky once again.

Princess Anne will then head to the International Sheepdog Trials near Moffat in the afternoon.


Hundreds attend service for Air Chief Marshal Dowding in Moffat

A huge turn out, including veterans, current servicemen and members of his family turned out for a commemorative service for Lord Dowding on Sunday.

Hundreds gathered to honour the memory of Lord Dowding. Credit: ITV Border

Lord Dowding was appointed Commander-in-Chief of Fighter command in 1936 and immediately turned his attention to building an air defence capable of preparing Britain for the threat of war with Germany. His work was to prove crucial in winning the Battle of Britain in 1940. Despite the RAF losing 1038 aircraft and 544 pilots and crew.

The permanent memorial to Lord Dowding in Moffat Credit: ITV Border
Paying their respects, the large crowd gave thanks for a lifetime of service. Credit: ITV Border
Royalty, family, servicemen and the general public were all in attendance.

It was under Lord Dowding's leadership that the RAF were able to repel the Luftwaffe and prevent a german invasion by sea. Winston Churchill is quoted as saying that, "We must regard the general-ship here shown as an example of genius in the art of war."

Police appeal after 'traumatic' jewellery theft

Police Scotland. Credit: PA

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses, after two men stole jewellery from a shop in Moffat.

At around 12:45pm on Wednesday (22 July) the men entered Gemini Jewellers on the High Street and stole a significant quantity of jewellery, with an estimated value in the thousands.

No one was hurt, but police described the incident as "traumatic" for staff at the shop.

The first man is described as white, 5'10" in height, between 40 and 45, slim, clean shaven and with a red complexion. He was wearing a brown flat cap and a short brown jacket, and spoke with a Glasgow accent.

The second man is described as white, 5'10", between 40 and 45, with dark brown curly hair and a protruding lower jaw. He had a scruffy appearance and was wearing a black jacket, jeans and silver rimmed glasses.

Thankfully, nobody was hurt during this incident, however, it was a very traumatic experience for the staff involved.

The incident happened around lunchtime so I am sure there would have been a number of people about at that time.

If you were there, or you recognise the descriptions of the men involved, or indeed, have any information that will help our enquiries, then please contact officers at Annan Police Office either via 101 or CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.”

– Detective Constable Garry Duguid, Annan CID


Body found confirmed as missing camper

Stephen Talbot. Credit: Police Scotland

Police have confirmed that a body found by search teams on the hills near Moffat is that of missing camper Stephen Talbot

Officers found 58-year-old Mr Talbot's body in the area around Garrogill, Moffat, on Friday evening.

Mr Talbot had disappeared on a camping trip to Garrogill on Monday 6 July.

Mountain rescue teams and well as the emergency services and a police helicopter had been combing the hills south of Moffat.

Police Scotland says there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding this death and a report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

They thanked volunteers for helping in the search for Mr Talbot.

Appeal to find missing camper in Moffat

Stephen Talbot. Credit: Police Scotland

Police are appealing for information about a man who is missing in the Moffat area.

Stephen Talbot, 58, from Wamphray, Moffat, was last seen at about 4pm on Monday 6 July.

He went missing following a camping trip near Garrogill, Moffat.

He's thought to be wearing a long sleeved maroon jumper, dark jogging trousers and walking boots.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.

Missing 16-year-old boy in Moffat area

Russell Collins. Credit: Police Scotland

A 16-year-old boy has been reported as missing in the Moffat area.

Police Scotland have appealed for information about the whereabouts of Russell Collins.

He was last seen at around 7:30pm, on Thursday 11 June, in Holm Street in Moffat.

He's described as about 5'9" tall, of slim build, with short hair.

He was wearing black jeans, a white top and black trainers, and it's thought he may be heading for the Eden Festival.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.

Student hits the right note with New York school

A girl from the South of Scotland is swapping Moffat for New York to persue her dreams of performing on broadway.

Lauren McWhan has been accepted into the New York Film Academy.

Watch a clip of Lauren performing below:

She starts next September and is understandably excited.

"Deep down I really wanted to but I didn't know. There were a few other girls there that were older than me, so I thought it might not be my chance this year. I was so happy and delighted that I got in."

– Lauren McWhan
Load more updates