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New jobs hope for South of Scotland

More jobs are expected to come to the South of Scotland to upgrade the power supply network.

The first trainees to go through a unique programme with Scottish Power are now working in the region. Nine local people were recruited for the course at Dumfries and Galloway College.

The upgrading of the network will cost 10 million pounds and it's hoped more locals will find work on the power lines.

Scottish Power offer cut-off customers overnight accommodation

"We have had over 300 engineers working in the Wigtownshire and Barrhill areas today.

"We have also contacted customers throughout the day and offered hotel accommodation for anyone who was due to remain off supply into this evening.

“We would again like to thank customers for the patience they have shown, and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Our engineers have encountered some of the most difficult conditions they have ever faced attempting to restore supplies.

"We would also like to thank staff at Dumfries and Galloway Council and Transport Scotland for the support they have provided.”

– Spokesperson, Scottish Power