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Burglary in Stranraer

Police are investigating after a house was broken into in Stranraer.

The householder reported that some money had been stolen during the burglary sometime during the day on Friday, 29 January.

The owner of the house on Lochview Road noticed that a window in the conservatory at the back of the property had been smashed when he returned home.

“This has been a very distressing experience for the homeowner who has not only had a sum of money stolen, but has also been left with damage to his property. I would appeal to anyone who was in Lochview Road or the surrounding area on Friday and saw anything suspicious to contact officers on 101.”

– Sergeant Gary Ferguson, Police Scotland

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NHS Chief Executive apologises to dementia families

Darataigh dementia unit. Credit: ITV Border

The Chief Executive of the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway has apologised to families in Stranraer, after their loved ones were moved from the town's dementia facility.

Darataigh dementia unit was closed temporarily because repairs had to be carried out to the boiler.

However, families then said they had been informed that the closure was permanent, meaning they would have to make the 75-mile trip to Dumfries to visit their loved ones on a permanent basis.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has since said it will re-open Darataigh for the duration of a six-month consultation into the site's future.

Chief Executive Jeff Ace has now apologised to the families over how they were treated:

I think I need to apologise, we didn't communicate effectively, either about what our current dementia model is, and how Darataigh is used, or how we want dementia services to be in the west of the region."

– Jeff Ace, Chief Executive

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Temporary reprieve for Stranraer dementia unit

Darataigh dementia unit. Credit: ITV Border

A Stranraer dementia unit that was suddenly closed to patients in September has been given a temporary reprieve.

NHS bosses say repairs will be carried out to the boiler at the Darataigh facility, so it can accept admissions during a six-month consultation period on its future.

Since the closure patients using Darataigh have been transferred 75 miles to Dumfries.

Petition calls for 'essential' dementia service to remain

The petition. Credit: Change.org

An online petition calling for Stranraer's Darataigh dementia unit to remain open, has been signed by almost 1,000 people.

The petition, entitled 'Don't let Darataigh Dementia Service close' reads:

NHS Dumfries & Galloway are to close Darataigh thereby taking away the dementia service from Stranraer and the west of the region. This is an essential service that we must protect if we are not to see yet more services being taken to Dumfries."

– The petition

Flood warnings in Dumfries and Galloway

Flood warnings are in place along the Solway Coast. Credit: SEPA

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has put a flood alert in place for Dumfries and Galloway, which means coastal flooding is possible during the high tide on Thursday night and Friday morning due to a storm surge and high waves.

A more serious flood warning is in place for the Upper Solway Firth and Loch Ryan.

Storm Abigail will cause strong winds, which, combined with high tides, will result in high waves and overtopping along parts of the Solway coast.

Powfoot in the Upper Solway Firth and Stranraer at Loch Ryan are predicted to be affected by this overtopping.

Councillor calls dementia unit closure 'disgraceful'

Daragaigh dementia unit. Credit: ITV Border

Families in Stranraer say they have been told the town's dementia unit has been permanently closed, meaning they will have a 150 mile round trip to see their loved ones.

But NHS Dumfries and Galloway has not confirmed whether the closure will be permanent, or temporary.

Local councillor Willie Scobie described the closure as "disgraceful", and says it's definitely closed:

It's definitely been closed. I want them to rethink and reverse that decision.

The local feeling is one of anger and frustration at the way that we've been treated yet again. It seems that they close things without any notification or any consultation with the people affected.

These are people who take four hours to get to Dumfries with public transport, it's totally unacceptable. We've got the services and the people that can deliver here that's what we should be doing."

– Cllr Willie Scobie
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