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Roman bullets unearthed near Ecclefechan

The lead sling bullets found at a Roman fort near Ecclefechan Credit: ITV Border

An excavation of an ancient Roman hill fort in the south of Scotland has uncovered scores of lead sling bullets - thought to be the largest find of it's kind in Britain.

It's believed they could have been used during a large siege at a Roman fort near Ecclefechan.

It's an incredibly exciting thought and theory to work on and it certainly, if it's proved that was the case, then it's a very dramatic event that took place in Scottish history."

– Fiona Wilson, Dumfries Museum

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Ryan Mania comes out of retirement to race at Aintree

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Former Grand National winner Ryan Mania is coming out of retirement for a charity race at Aintree next month.

The 26-year-old jockey from Galashiels, who is now joint-master and huntsman of the Berwickshire, will return to the scene of his 2013 victory on Aurora's Encore, to raise funds for The Countryside Alliance Foundation.

There are six other fundraisers attempting to beat him over the 1m 5f flat race on 23 October.

"As soon as I heard about the race I wanted to be part of it. It will be my first since I retired. I've stopped drinking and am going out running to get fit for the race and will be gutted if I don't win."

– Ryan Mania
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