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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.


Body of missing woman found in River Cree

Police have confirmed that the body of the woman recovered from the Cree Estuary on yesterday is that of Elizabeth Watson from Newton Stewart.

The 70-year-old had been missing from her home in Newton Stewart since Sunday afternoon.

The emergency services and a search and rescue helicopter were all involved in the search.

Body found in search for missing woman

Police have confirmed that the body of a woman has been recovered during the search for missing Newton Stewart woman Elizabeth Watson, known as Betty.

The body was found in the estuary of the River Cree.

Although formal identification has still to take place, police say that the search for Mrs Watson is now being scaled down.


Police appeal for information after woman disappears

Police in Galloway have made an appeal for anyone with information surrounding the disappearance of 70-year-old Elizabeth Watson to get in contact with them.

"She was last seen at half past five in the town centre at Dashwood Square, so anything beyond that is what we need ... this is an active woman, she may have wandered further than the town itself, and anyone who has seen Mrs Watson, after half past five last night, if you would like to contact Police Scotland on 101."

– Chief Inspector Jacqueline McIlwraith

Bad weather puts missing 'Betty' at high risk

Police searching for a woman who has gone missing from Newton Stewart are treating her disappearance as high risk.

The search for missing 70-year-old Elizabeth 'Betty' Watson has been taking place since yesterday evening.

Officers believe that because of the recent bad weather and heavy rainfall, combined with Betty's age, she is at high risk.

Anyone who has any information about Betty's whereabouts, or who thinks that they may have seen her since 5pm yesterday, is being encouraged to get in contact with police on the 101 non-emergency number.

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