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A74 accident closes lane of motorway

The accident. Credit: ITV Border

An accident has closed a lane of the A74 motorway in Dumfries and Galloway.

Lane three of the northbound carriageway between Junction 15 Beattock and Junction 16 Johnstonebridge remains shut, and there are possible delays.

The accident, near Moffat, happened at around 3:30am this morning, and repairs to the barrier are continuing.


Moffat MRT aim to buy new control vehicle

Moffat MRT. Credit: Moffat MRT.

Moffat Mountain Rescue Team are raising money to fund a new control vehicle this weekend.

The team's annual charity challenge takes place on Sunday.

It's based at the hall at Durisdeermill, and there will be four walks of varying difficulty taking place.

People interested in taking part are asked to register online beforehand, though people are still welcome on the day.

There is an entry fee, and people are encouraged to raise sponsorship money for the team, who are hoping to raise £2,000.

83-year-old knocked down on Moffat High Street

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Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after an 83-year-old woman was hit by a car on Moffat High Street.

The incident happened at around midday on Wednesday 6th April, when a black VW Polo was in collision with the woman outside the Bank of Scotland.

The woman was knocked to the ground, however was not injured and the driver of the car stopped at the time.

"We want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this collision on Wednesday. They can call us at Moffat on the 101 number."

– Constable Terry Robertson, Police Scotland


Moffat named Europe's first 'Dark Sky' town

Moffat. Credit: ITV Border

A Dumfries and Galloway town has become the first in Europe to secure Dark Sky status.

£240,000 has been spent changing lightbulbs in the streets of Moffat to reduce the amount of light pollution, making it easier to see the stars and supporting local wildlife.

It's hoped the project will be extended across the region.

It's an achievement to have the Dark Sky status and it's a good investment because actually, it actually saves the council money in the long term."

– Cllr Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council

Women's rugby team 'safe' after Dumfries bus crash

The bus left the road. Credit: Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies RFC

A women's rugby team have taken to Facebook to assure people that they are "safe and well", after their bus was involved in a crash on the A701 road between Dumfries and Moffat on 31 January.

The post on the Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies RFC page says that they "all walked away relatively unharmed", and thanks people at the scene who helped them:

All the girls are now home in Glasgow safe and well! It's fair to say the girls are all a bit shaken up! Thankfully no one is seriously injured and we have all managed to walk away relatively unharmed! What an amazing bunch of girls we have! Thank you to everyone who has sent a message to the girls both individually and to our fb/twitter pages. We would also like to say thanks to all who were at the scene to provide a warm car, warm clothes and support to the girls! Special thank you has to be given to the unknown 'action man' who was at the bus within minutes to rip off the sun roof and help the girls climb out!

Thank you also to Stewartry Sirens and their coach Sandy Currie for offering their help.

Thanks to driver Ronnie Thornhill for Stagecoach Dumfries who kindly drove all the girls back into Dumfries, also to the passengers on this bus for offering whatever they could.

Finally thanks to Princess kebab in Dumfries for providing the girls with a VERY generous amount of food, for the little money we managed to scrape together!

The girls are very much feeling the love! Thanks you everyone."

– Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies RFC

Jewellery stolen in Moffat raid

Police Scotland is investigating a break in at a house in Old Well Road, Moffat, between Sunday 10 and Saturday 16 January 2016.

Jewellery including gold chains, an engagement and wedding ring and a broach have been stolen.

The house in question was not occupied when the break-in happened. Some of the items were antique and were of great sentimental value. We ask anyone in the area to get in touch with us with the 101 number."

– Constable Gary Gillan, Police Scotland
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