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Dumfries and Galloway under flood alert

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued an update flood alert for Dumfries and Galloway.

The organisation says water levels within the River Nith catchment area and the remainder of the region have peaked overnight and fall through the morning. River levels have potential to remain elevated but any further flood impacts are expected to be minor.

Man rescued from River Nith

A 61 year old man's being treated in hospital after being rescued from the River Nith in Dumfries.The man was spotted at around 5:30pm yesterday near to the Whitesands. Dumfries fire and rescue officers managed to pull him from the river.

He was treated at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Police aren't treating it as suspicious but would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident.


Crayfish pose 'serious threat' to sea life in Solway

Posters are now being displayed to warn anglers Credit: ITV Border
The crayfish was caught off the banks of the river Nith Credit: ITV Border

Anglers are being warned to kill any crayfish they come into contact with. It comes after the non-native American Signal Crayfish was found for the first time in the River Nith in Dumfries.

The invasive species kills young fish and destroys natural habitats. Fishermen are now being asked to kill the crayfish if found and to take extra care when cleaning their fishing equipment and clothing to prevent eggs being spread.

Invasive crayfish found in Nith

Roy Kerr caught the crayfish Credit: Roy Kerr
Mr Kerr claims this crayfish is the first to be caught in saltwater in Britain Credit: Roy Kerr
The species has already destroyed most of the fish in Loch Ken Credit: Roy Kerr

A local fisherman has raised concerns about the future of sea life in the Solway firth after he claims he caught the first American Signal crayfish to be found in saltwater in Britain.

Roy Kerr, from Kingholm Quay in Dumfries, said the species has already wiped out most of the fish in nearby Loch Ken.

The Nith Catchment Fishery Trust say that the presence of crayfish would be detrimental to the health of the Nith catchment as they cause bank instability from the act of burrowing, increasing the erosion of the river banks and sediment input to the river.

Dead woman named

Police have confirmed that the body recovered from the river Nith in Dumfries was that of 42-year-old Hayley Jayne Astley from Heywood Place, Ryedale Road in Dumfries.

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Dumfries and Galloway Police would like to speak to anyone who may have been in contact with Hayley before 10.30 pm on 2nd November.


Female body found in river Nith

An investigation is underway after a woman's body was found in the river Nith in Dumfries.

The body was found near St Michael's Bridge Road at around 10.30pm on Friday night (2nd November).

Dumfries and Galloway Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information, or who was in the area is asked to contact Police on 0845 600 5701.

Second person rescued from mud

Firefighters talk to the fisherman after he was rescued from mudflats Credit: ITV Border

A second person in less than 24 hours has been rescued from mudflats at the River Nith in Dumfries.

Fisherman Bryce Sneddon was pulled to safety by firefighters this morning.

Fisherman Bryce Sneddon after being rescued Credit: ITV Border

It came less than a day since a woman and her dog had to be rescued from mud at Kingholm Quay.

She had sunk to her waist and her pet was in mud up to its neck.

The fire brigade is urging people to take care near mudflats.


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