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Dog owners urged to avoid palm oil

Palm oil has been washing up on the region's beaches. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

Dog owners in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to avoid palm oil on the region's beaches.

The local council says nuggets of the substance are being washed ashore on beaches in the Stranraer and Wig Bay areas.

A clean up has taken place around Stranraer, but more palm oil is being left on the shore with the tide.

Palm oil is harmless to humans but can have serious health effects and even be fatal if eaten by dogs.


Dementia house opens in Stranraer

The house. Credit: ITV Border

A house full of gadgets to help families care for relatives who are elderly or have dementia has been opened in Stranraer.

Some of the items on show include a 'talking' microwave.

The aim is to help the most vulnerable people in our society live better, more independent lives.

The house has been set up by Loreburn Housing Association, and healthcare professionals.

Woman reported missing from Stranraer

Ellery Stanage, 25 Credit: Police Scotland

A woman from Stranraer has been reported missing.

Ellery Stanage, 25, was last seen at 5:30am on Tuesday morning, near Galloway Community Hospital on Dalrymple street in Stranraer.

She is described as 5ft10", of slim build with red/auburn shoulder-length hair.

She was last seen wearing a green jacket, camouflage leggings and black shoes.

Police have asked anyone with more information to call them on 101.

A77 crash motorcyclist 'died doing what he loved'

Jim Harvey. Credit: Police Scotland

The family of a motorcyclist killed in an accident on the A77 between Stranraer and Portpatrick say he died doing what he loved.

James Harvey, 64, from Prestwick, was driving a BMW motorbike, which was involved in a collision with a Subaru car on Thursday 6 October.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and his family have released a statement, saying he "lived every day to the fullest".

We cannot begin to describe the sense of loss we feel following Jim’s death. At the age of 64, Jim was still living every day to the fullest. His love and absolute passion for motorbikes really expressed his personality and outlook on life.

He loved the freedom and enjoyed the thrill of the open road. While the family are still coming to terms with the sense that Jim was taken from us prematurely, we take some comfort in knowing that Jim died doing what he loved.

– The family of Jim Harvey


Police appeal for witnesses after vandalism in Stranraer

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car windscreen was smashed outside a property in Stranraer.

It happened in the early hours of Saturday, September 3, on Sun Street.

It's believed to have happened at some point between 02:00am and 10:00am, when the owner came out and noticed it had been broken.

“I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in Sun Street or the surrounding area in the early hours of Saturday morning to get in touch.

Anyone with information can contact officers at Stranraer Police Office via 101."

– Constable Ryan Cochrane, Stranraer Police

Police looking to trace missing Stranraer woman

Police Scotland are appealing for information on Katie Lambert who has been reporting missing from Stranraer.

Police say she travelled by taxi to Glasgow in the early hours of Tuesday (21st June).

Anyone who knows Katie's whereabout is asked to call Police on 101.

Four rescued from burning boat near Stranraer

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Four men have been rescued after their boat caught fire in Luce Bay on the Galloway coast.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, when a member of the public alerted the coastguard after spotting flames.

A search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick, as well as coastguard teams from the Isle of Whithorn and Stranraer were called out along with firefighters and ambulance crew.

All four men, in their late twenties and early thirties, were taken to Galloway Community Hospital, suffering from hypothermia.

Three of the men were from Dumfries, Patna and Helensburgh.

None of the men were wearing lifejackets and the station manager has issued a warning about water safety.

“They men hadn’t a lifejacket between them. One of them had a helmet with a light on it which was what drew the lifeboat to them.

“It was pretty silly not to have lifejackets with them or some other kind of aids.

"Three of them were in their normal clothes and the fourth had a wet suit, so they were really lucky.”

“Two of them had pretty bad hypothermia and all four were taken to hospital to be checked up but were later allowed home."

– Terry Simpson, Operations Manager, Stranraer Lifeboat
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