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79-year-old narrowly avoids £10,000 scam

Police advise that if people are in doubt about an organisation calling, to hang up and right the bank directly or call the police Credit: PA

A taxi driver has managed to save a 79-year-old man being scammed of £10,000.

The 79-year-old from Moffat had a call from someone pretending to be from the Fraud Office of the victim's bank. The man was told to travel to his bank, withdraw £10,000, take it home and await further instructions.

The man was about to carry out the instructions, however en route to his bank by taxi, he told the driver the story who realised it was a scam and aborted the journey. The matter was reported to the police.

Police ask people to be aware of potential scams and if in doubt, to hang up the phone and call the bank directly or call the police.

'Eyesore' hotel 'bad' for tourism

It's been branded an eyesore and a disgrace - now people in one town in Dumfries and Galloway say they've had enough of waiting for the Edinburgh Woollen Mill to renovate a former hotel.

The Mercury Inn in Moffat has been derelict for nearly 15 years. Campaigners and the local MP say it's bad for tourism and are urging the company to take action.

It says it's already working to refurbish it. Katie Hunter reports.

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Hotel owners 'working to redevelop' site

The owners of the former Mercury Hotel Inn in Moffat have spoken out after locals have criticised them for the state of the building.

The site, which has been derelict for almost 15 years, is owner by the hight street chain The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

“We are currently working with the local council, community and MP on plans to redevelop the former hotel site”

– Spokesman, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Local takes a seat in protest over derelict hotel site

The former Mercury Hotel site has been derelict for almost 15 years Credit: ITV News Border

Locals in Moffat are calling for an 'eyesore' hotel to be demolished or revamped.

Alan Rush is leading the campaign and has spent the last two weeks outside the doors of the old Mercury Inn hotel.

Alan Rush is leading the campaign Credit: ITV News Border

The local MP for Dumfriesshire, David Mundell has given his backing to locals, calling the site is an eyesore.

The site is owned by Edinburgh Woollen Mill Credit: ITV News Border

Locals say the the site is driving tourists away from the area, claiming it is having a negative impact on the local economy.

Locals in Moffat call for derilict hotel to be demolished

Locals in Moffat want the former Mercury Hotel (pictured) to be demolished Credit: ITV News Border

Locals in Moffat have renewed their campaign to get a rundown hotel in the town demolished.

The former Mercury Hotel has been derelict for nearly 15 years and campaigners say its driving tourists from the town.

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Awarded chip shop worker dies aged 90

Bettina Dawson Credit: ITV Border

A woman from Moffat, hailed as Scotland's oldest chip shop worker, has died.

Bettina Dawson, who was 90 years old, past away last week. She had worked in fish and chip shops for 77 years after moving to Scotland from Italy.

Bettina has served fish and chips since 1936 Credit: ITV Border

Earlier this year she was awarded a BEM by the Queen in the new year's honours list.

Her funeral is being held later today in Moffat.

Two cut free from car

Two people had to be cut free from their car after an accident in Dumfries and Galloway.

Firefighters were called to a collision involving two vehicles at 23.23 last night (April 19) on the A701 at Moffat.

They were at the scene for half an hour as they released two people from one of the cars.

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