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Seven sheep dead after attack in Dumfries and Galloway

Police Scotland is investigating a case of sheep worrying Credit: PA

Police Scotland is investigating a case of sheep worrying in Kirkpatrick Fleming.

The attack, which has resulted in the death of seven sheep on farmlands next to the Westlands Activity Centre, appears to have happened between 6pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday 15 February.

Six other sheep were found to have wounds and a number appear to be in shock. Indications are that two large dogs may be responsible for the attack.

Police Scotland has asked anyone with information get in contact..

Man charged following break-ins and fire-raising

A man has been charged following break-ins and a fire-raising Credit: PA

Police in the Scottish Borders have arrested and charged a man following multiple break-ins to businesses and a fire-raising in Peebles this week.

Fire-raising is deliberately starting a fire with the intention of causing damage to a property.

The 20-year-old man was charged in connection with two break-ins and a fire-raising at the Courthouse restaurant, and a break-in to the Sunflower Restaurant.

All incidents occurred on Wednesday, and he is making a first appearance at Selkirk Sheriff Court today.

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Man seriously injured in M74 crash

The crash happened at around 4:10am. Credit: ITV Border

A 68 year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital following a crash on the M74 this morning.

At around 4.10am, police were called to a report of a crash involving an articulated lorry that had overturned on the northbound carriageway of the M74 at junction 21 near Kirkpatrick Fleming.

The 68 year-old driver of the lorry was taken by ambulance to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary where hospital staff describe his condition as serious.

The northbound carriageway has been closed since the crash while the police and other agencies including Transport Scotland secure the lorry's heavy load and prevent a damaged refrigerated container splitting open.

Traffic is being diverted along the B7076. Police say they hope to re-open the motorway this afternoon.

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Cumbria Police cuts: your views

Cumbria Constabulary has proposed raising the amount of council tax the public pays for policing, as well as cutting the number of frontline officers, to meet budget cuts.

Here are some of your views:

New proposals broken down

The county's police and crime panel - made up of local councillors - met today to discuss the proposed budget for 2015/2016.

The Commissioner will agree the final budget at the meeting of Executive Board on 3 February but at the moment, the plans are as follows:

  • council tax up by 1.9%
  • £3.96 increase for Band D Property
  • 155 frontline officers to be cut by 2019
  • 32 officers to be dropped over the next year due to increased technology efficiency
  • 79 staff members to be cut over the next year due to 'digitalisation of back office'
  • the number of PCSOs to stay at 95 for the next 12 months.
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