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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


Stranraer manager regrets missed chances

Stranraer dominated the first leg of their Championship playoff final, but had to settle for a 1 - 1 draw after Ayr equalised in the 94th minute.

Blues Manager Brian Reid says he regrets his team's missed chances, but that the tie is still very much open.

We could have had a comfier lead. We had a couple of great chances to make it two or three but it wasn't to be and to lose a goal in the manner we did is obviously disappointing.

But nothing is won or lost tonight anyway. Even if we'd have gone up there with a one goal head start it was still going to be a difficult game so, it has now just become a one off cup final, and one that we are looking forward to.

– Brian Reid, Manager


£1.8 million confirmed for Stranraer regeneration

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Funding of £1.8 million has been confirmed for the regeneration of Stranraer's town centre.

Dumfries and Galloway Council applied for the money via the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

The funding will be used to improve the link from Castle Square to the Marina enhancing the links to the West Pier.

This will include the refurbishment and reuse of the Grade B-Listed George Hotel in George Street and an extension to the former Harbour Masters Office at the Marina entrance.

“I’m absolutely delighted that the Council’s bid for regeneration funding from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund has been successful and will see a Scottish Government investment of £1.8 million into further improvements to Stranraer Town Centre.

“I very much share the ambition that Stranraer can and will have a thriving town centre, which in turn is good for the economy of the town and the wider region. This project will take us one step closer to achieving that goal.”

– Aileen McLeod MSP, South of Scotland, SNP

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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