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Business benefits from D&G job scheme

A scheme to help young people into work in Dumfries and Galloway has been deemed a great success, by the people now working in the region.

The project, run by the council, sees employers able to claim a six month wage subsidy to support the employment of young people.

Since April 35 young recruits have been employed in Wigtownshire alone, thanks to the scheme.

Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith went along to one business in Stranraer that has benefited from the scheme.

Man killed in fire is named

A man who died in a house fire in Ryanview Crescent in Stranraer, on Saturday 8th November, has been named by Police Scotland as 91-year-old Norman Fidler.

The Procurator Fiscal has been informed and a joint fire investigation with Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is to take place to establish the cause of the fire, which at this stage is not thought to be suspicious.

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Condition of rescued man unknown

Fire appliances from Stranraer and Newton Stewart were called to a bungalow on Ryanview crescent at around 7:30pm on Saturday evening. An injured man was taken from the property to the Galloway Community Hospital, no details of his condition have so far been released.

Firefighters attempt to put out the fire at Ryanview Crescent Credit: Jim Ryder

Remembrance Sunday in Stranraer

A parade has taken place through Stranraer to mark Remembrance Sunday.

Wreaths of poppies were laid at the town's war memorial, including one from 3rd Stranraer Boys' Brigade. It was laid on behalf of the company by Seun Chung, whose great great grandfather is named on the memorial.

Stranraer's war memorial was at the centre of commemorations. Credit: Jim Ryder
A parade went through the town. Credit: Jim Ryder
Wreaths of poppies were laid in tribute to the town's fallen.

51-year-old in hospital after violent attack

A 51-year-old man is in hospital after being attacked in Stranraer.

Police say the attack took place at around 9.20pm on Tuesday 4th November. The victim was attacked outside his caravan at the Ryan Bay CaravanPark, Innermessan. He was punched and kicked to the ground and it's believed that a bladed weapon was also used.

He was then taken to Galloway Community Hospital where he was treated for what are described as serious but not life threatening injuries.

The two attackers are described as:

  • Male, about 6’1” tall, wearing a dark coloured hooded top.
  • Male, about 5’9” tall, wearing dark coloured, hooded clothing

"Whilst this is a rare type of attack for the area, it was clearly a vicious and sustained attack on the victim which has put him in hospital with some serious injuries. We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area, or who may have any information about this attack to get in touch with Police Scotland at Stranraer through our 101 number, or if they want to remain anonymous, through Crimestoppers on 08900 555 111."

– Detective Inspector Bryan Lee

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Regeneration disturbs the waters in Stranraer

Dumfries and Galloway Council has approved plans that will see Stranraer benefit from almost half a million pounds of funding.

The money was saved after the new slip way at the harbour came in under budget.

But concerns have been raised that the public haven't been listened to, when considering the best way forwards for Stranraer's regeneration.

Fiona McIlwraith has this report.

Stranraer savings: where should the money go?

Stranraer's slip way cost less than expected, and councillors are discussing whether to spend the £500,000 savings on the town.

They're asking the public where they think the money should go.

"I would like to see some of the money spent on dredging the whole of the harbour and then working from there, with that as a blueprint."

– Ronnie Bowie, business owner

Boat hoist could 'cut off' fishermen

Developments at Stranraer Harbour are not popular with everyone Credit: ITV Border

Willie Scobie, Councillor for Stranraer and North Rhins, says a new boat hoist could cut off access to the harbour.

"The boat hoist is going to cut off, or has the potential to cut off access to the harbour for fishermen but really there has been no economic profile on this, we don't know just exactly how often this boat hoist is going to be used."

– Cllr Willie Scobie
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