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HMS Gannet involved in search for missing Betty

Members of HMS Gannet have been helping with the search for a woman who has gone missing from Newton Stewart.

70-year-old Elizabeth Watson, known as Betty, has not been seen since late afternoon on Sunday 20 October.

A search was launched on Sunday evening and was called off at 2am this morning until daylight returned.

Residents urged to check outbuildings for missing woman

Police are asking people in the community of Newton Stewart to help them in the search for a missing woman by checking their gardens and any outbuildings for her.

Elizabeth Watson, known as Betty, has not been seen since 5.30pm on Sunday 20 October.

If you think that you may have seen her after this time, please contact police on 101.


Appeal to trace lorry driver involved in A75 collision

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a 19-year-old boy died after being struck by a lorry on the A75 on Saturday night (17th August).

Kieran Currie, and two of his friends, were walking on the eastbound carriageway near to the top the entrance to Calgow farm, about a mile east of Newton Stewart, when he was hit by an eastbound passing lorry.

The lorry did not stop after the collision and has not been traced.

"This is a tragic set of circumstances which has left a young 19-year-old man dead.

"We are appealing to anyone who was using the A75 road in the Newton Stewart area at around 0240 hours on Saturday 17 August 2013 to get in touch with police through 101.

"The lorry which appears to have struck Kieran has yet to be traced, and it may well be that the driver of that vehicle is unaware that he has been in a collision.

"We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at that time to get in touch, and in particular, we want to hear from the drivers of all heavy goods vehicles who were on the A75 driving east around that time.

"Likewise we are keen to speak to the occupants of a small blue coloured car who stopped at the scene of the crash shortly after it happened and offered assistance.”

– Inspector Neil Hewitson, Roads Policing Inspector for Police Scotland

Appeal for witnesses after teen dies on A75

Police are appealing for witnesses after 19-year-old Keiran Currie died as a result of a road collision on the A75 on Saturday night (17th August).

The incident happened at 2.40am near to Calgow Farm, about one mile east of Newton Stewart.

Police are looking to speak to the people who stopped to offer help shortly after the accident.

They were travelling in a small blue car.

If you witnessed the accident or seen anyone walking in the area before 2.40am, please contact police on 101.

Police appeal for witnesses

A nineteen year old man is in a serious condition at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary after he was apparently hit by an eastbound lorry on the A75 a mile east of Newton Stewart at approximately 2:40am on Saturday 17th August.

Police believe that a number of vehicles will have been in the area around the time of the accident and are urging anyone who might have information about the accident to contact them. They say they have already spoken with a number of lorry drivers in relation to the accident.


Shear delight

10 women farmers are attempting to shear more than 500 sheep in an 8 hour charity marathon. The ladies all live around Newton Stewart in Wigtownshire and are raising money for the town's hospital and the Royal Highland Education Trust.

The event is called Lady Shear 2013 and although all the women work on farms, none are professional shearers. The shearing began at 9am and is due to finish at 5pm.

11th annual Newton Stewart Walkfest begins

The 11th annual Newton Stewart Walkfest begins today with keen walkers from all over the UK expected to visit the area.

Participants can choose from more than 30 guided walks, all of which explore the hills of Galloway.

Many of the walks have themes, with local experts providing an insight into the history of the surrounding towns, landscapes and wildlife.

The festival is held over seven days and many of the more strenuous walks are lead by members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

For more information on how you can get involved with the walking festival, click here.

Dumfriesshire woman lives on £1 a day

A woman from Bargrennan, near Newton Stewart, is living on £1 a day for five days to raise awareness of extreme poverty.

Ruby Marr is taking part in the "Live Below the Line" challenge, which is a campaign taking place in the UK, Canada, Australia and the USA simultaneously, with more than 20,000 people spending 5 days living below the line.

Mrs Marr has been raiding the reduced sections of the local supermarktes and grocery stores to try and find the cheapest food available.

She is raising money for UNICEF an has been finding the task harder than she first thought.

"In today's world, extreme poverty and inequality are unjustifiable and unfair. Live Below the Line demonstrates the problem in a concrete way, while raising money to address the problem.

"I have been browsing the supermarket shelves, buying the odd item to stick in the freezer - but seriously, to eat well, on £5 for five days, is indeed a challenge.

"It has been quite a learning curve price comparing. I am sure, after all of this is over, my weekly grocery bill will drop dramatically."

– Ruby Marr
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