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Completely ewe-nique: The farmer who painted a few of her flock

An artist from Dumfries and Galloway is taking the art world by storm by painting her sheep.

Helen Ryman is a farmer, and can only find time to paint once she's finished milking the cows and tending to her flock.

She takes inspiration from her work and the landscape around her and usually paints in the field along with her animals.

Fiona McIlwraith went along to meet her.

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Woman airlifted to hospital after Galloway biking accident

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling from her mountain bike in Kirroughtree Forest near Newton Stewart.

The cyclist suffered head and neck injuries after being thrown from her handlebars whilst making her way through one of the sections of the famous 7 Stanes tracks on Saturday afternoon.

She was brought to safety by the Galloway Mountain Rescue and team before the air ambulance transferred her to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

"The injured female was packaged with a C-collar and vac-matt and stretcher carried to an awaiting ambulance and thereafter transferred to Helimed 5 air ambulance to be flown to DGRI."

– Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

Council plans to reduce flooding take step forward

Dumfries and Galloway Council have approved plans to help reduce flood damage in Newton Stewart.

The local authority have announced a flood warning scheme will be launched and a flood pod will be established in the town.

They are also asking the Scottish Government for funding to construct walls in the town and raise a footbridge, but locals are worried that the flood defences will take years to complete.

Fiona McIlwraith reports.

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Council appeals for national help to tackle D&G flooding

The River Cree burst its banks in Newton Stewart in December 2013 Credit: ITV News
The Belted Galloway restaurant in Newton Stewart was hit badly by flooding in 2012 and again in December last year Credit: ITV News
Galloway Mountain Rescue have had to re-adjust their vehicles to ensure they are suitable for driving through deep water Credit: ITV News
The local authority wants to raise the footbridge to reduce the risk of flooding Credit: ITV News

Flood prevention plans announced across D&G

Dumfries and Galloway Council have announced plans to develop a flood warning scheme and locate a flood pod, containing sandbags and barriers in Newton Stewart.

The local authority are also asking the Scottish Government for funding to build river walls through the town, and raise the footbridge.

The flood prevention for Newton Stewart could cost in the region of £3.4million, and although the council are determined to help, they say Scottish Government money is needed.

Flood prevention plans for Newton Stewart

The River Cree burst its banks in Newton Stewart in December 2013 Credit: Galloway Mountain Rescue

Dumfries and Galloway council have announced plans for flood prevention in Newton Stewart.

An early warning scheme will be implemented and a flood pod will be established in the town.

The council are also asking the Scottish Government for funding to build river walls through the town and raise a footbridge.

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