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A77 closes from Stranraer to Girvan over weekend

The diversion route. Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Police

Police are reminding drivers that the A77 road will be completely closed between Stranraer and Girvan this weekend.

The road will be closed at 8pm on Friday 3 November, and will re-open at 6am on Monday 6 November.

The closure is due to damage from winter storms in 2014, and will allow Scotland TranServ to establish the working site and install supportive piling.

A fully signed 56-mile diversion will be in place over the weekend.

Protest rally for Galloway Hospital

A rally is being held in Stranraer today in support of the Galloway Community Hospital.

Protesters will be gathering in Castle Square at noon.

The event will coincide with rallies in other rural parts of Scotland which aim to put pressure on the NHS in Scotland to maintain health services in smaller communities.

In July, one of the Galloway Community Hospital's two in-patient wards was closed for a week.

There has also been criticism of the lack of anaesthetic cover in the emergency department of the hospital over the summer.

Bosses put the problems at the hospital down to staffing issues.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway refused to comment on today's rally.

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Hundreds of students attend Stranraer farming event

The Royal Highland Education Trust held a 'food and farming' event near Stranraer today. Hundreds of secondary school pupils attended to learn about the countryside and where food comes from.

Students have been involved in activities at the event such as cereal grinding, egg tasting, and sheep shearing:

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Funding available for D&G parks

Agnew Park, Stranraer Credit: Visit Scotland

£500,000 of funding is set to go towards parks in Dumfries and Galloway, and members of the public have been invited to share their views on which parks the money should be used on.

Dumfries & Galloway council say the money will be put towards making parks in Annan, Dumfries and Stranraer more accessible, especially for children and people with disabilities.

Suggestions and feedback are being taken here.

It is vital we provide accessible and modern play areas for the children of the region. This money will be spent on upgrading parks in 3 of our main towns in the region, but we need your input to tell us where you’d like the money allocated to. We have some beautiful parks throughout Dumfries and Galloway, and this funding will allow us to improve and replace equipment to make the play parks accessible, compliant and fun for children. Please take 2 minutes to complete the survey online, or pop into one of our facilities to pick up a hard copy.

– Councillor Andy Ferguson, Chairman of the Council’s Communities Committee

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Police investigate 'suspicious fire' in Stranraer

The fire service was called. Credit: PA

Police Scotland are investigating a "suspicious fire" at a block of flats in Stranraer.

It was discovered at around 1:45am on Tuesday 6 June, at an electricity meter box at the flats in Lochdale.

The fire service extinguished the fire, but not before damage had been caused to the meter and cables.

Police say the consequences could have been far worse.

This was an extremely dangerous act and the consequences could have been catastrophic had the fire not been extinguished in time.

The meter has been made safe and electricity restored.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in or around the flat in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

– Constable Beth Williamson at Stranraer

Police search for missing man in Stranraer area

Michael Freda. Credit: Police Scotland

Police are looking for a missing man from Drummore, who was last seen in Stranraer about 4:30pm on Monday 6 June.

Michael Freda, who is Polish, is described as 5'7" tall, and of slim build with a fair complexion and blue eyes.

His hair is shaven with a distinctive top knot, and he is thought to be wearing a dark jumper, jeans and trainers.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Lifeboat crew warn of dog walking along beach

Stranraer RNLI rescuing a speedboat

Stranraer Lifeboat crew are warning dog owners of walking dogs along the beach, after they rescued one over the weekend.

Two members went to a call out on Saturday, 20 May at 5.10pm after receiving a phone call to report a dog in the water under the pier.

Without using a lifeboat, the crew went down the pier ladders, rescuing the frightened dog at the top of a set of steps below the pier.

Never go in water after a dog. Always call for help.

– Stranraer lifeboat spokesperson

They managed to get a lead on the dog and walk it back down the steps to the water, in which it swam, with the crew, back to the pier.

The crew then handed the dog back to the owners.

They say members of the public need to be careful when walking dogs along the beach or piers.

Dog rescued by Stranraer lifeboat team

Stranraer pier. Credit: ITV Border

Stranraer's RNLI volunteers have rescued a dog that was trapped beneath the town's pier.

They were called just after 5pm yesterday afternoon to help the frightened pet, called Storm, which was stuck on a set of steps below the pier.

The lifeboat was not needed, but two team members donned their drysuits, lifejackets and helmets, and descended the pier ladder to rescue the dog.

They managed to clip on its lead, and coax it into the water, where Storm swam with the volunteers back to the pier ladder and was reunited with its owners, who later took to Facebook to voice their gratitude.

Thank you so much for rescuing my dog!! It's good to know you were able to help. Thank you from Storm who is none the worse for his ordeal.

– Storm's owner
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