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The World Gold Panning Championships is taking place in Moffat

The World Goldpanning Championships take place in Moffat this week Credit: ITV Border

Thousands of prospectors from across the globe are arriving in Dumfries and Galloway to hunt for gold.

The World Goldpanning Championships take place in Moffat this week, as competitors attempt to find flakes of gold in sand and gravel:

This year's championships is the 41st to take place, and was last hosted in the UK in 1992.

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Dates set for gold panning championships in Moffat

The Gold Panning Championships will be held in Moffat over the summer Credit: British Gold Panning Association

The dates for the World Gold Panning Championships have been revealed as the 7th to the 12th of August.

The Championships are set to take place in the town of Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway; following the announcement in 2015.

They were last held in the region in 1992.

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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.

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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
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