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Male suicide at 15-year high

The number of men who took their own lives in 2013 was its highest level for 15 years.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show almost four times as many men as women killed themselves last year.

  • Male suicides: 4,020
  • Female suicides: 1,120

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) says gender is the biggest issue when it comes to suicide.

They're calling for more to be done to help:

"There is still a stigma around suicide, and men can feel less able to talk about their problems.

More needs to be done to help people who are struggling and might see suicide as the only option, and to support the families of people who take their own lives."

– Jane Powell, Director of CALM

Warning for ice on roads into Monday morning

Warning in place from 3am to 11 am Monday 14th Dec 2014

An area of low pressure near Iceland will pull another cold, showery air mass southwards across the region later tonight after rain clears further south.

Showers will be a mix of rain, sleet and snow, with settling largely restricted to roads above 300 m.

Road surface temperatures will fall below zero in many parts as bands of showers move through, falling as snow on hills.

There is a warning currently in place from the early hours of Monday - quite widely for The Borders as well as Dumfries and Galloway and north of Cumbria - for the risk of icy roads and footpaths.


Border Weather - Sunday

Newton Stewart Credit: TRACEY CANNON

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy over Dumfries and Galloway, with strong to gale force southwesterly winds.

Rain journeys southeast before turning clearer with showers during the afternoon, showers turning wintry on hills after dark. Milder air as the rain moves through. Highs to 9°C.

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