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WW2 flare washed up near Stranraer

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV News

A phosphorous flare, that's thought to date back to the Second World War, has been washed up near Stranraer.

It was found on the shores of Loch Ryan, a few miles from the town.

Police Scotland have reassured the public that experts have been brought in, and there is now "no danger to the public".

But they've warned people to be wary of other objects they might find:

The device has been dealt with and there is no danger to the public. However, please be aware when walking along the coastline should any similar devices be found.

The devices will not explode, but it will burn at high temperatures and emit toxic fumes.

If such a device is found, please do not touch it, and contact local Police as soon as possible with its location."

– Police Scotland

The flare is between six and eight inches in length, 2 inches in diameter, and is described as cylindrical, rusty and resembling a dog bone.

Hundreds of similar devices have been washed up on the North Channel and Galloway coastline over the past 20 years.

They're believed to come from the Beaufort's Dyke, a munitions dump in the North Channel.

The sea trench stretches for 60km between Scotland and Northern Ireland, and thousands of tons of explosives, shells, rockets, bombs and incendiary devices were buried there after the Second World War.

WATCH: Stranraer's big moment

Stranraer could be promoted to the Scottish Championship for the first time if they can win at the weekend, and other results go their way.

The Blues have been struggling with Greenock Morton and Forfar for the League One title all season.

With two games left, including tomorrow's match against Morton, their fate is in their own hands.

As Ryan Dollard found out, excitement is building:


Quad bikes stolen from Stranraer

Police Scotland

Quad bikes worth around £6,000 have been stolen from farms in Stranraer.

A red Suzuki quad was taken from a farm at Drummore, and a red Honda quad was taken from a farm at Stoneykirk, late on Sunday 12 April, or early on the following Monday.

Last week, two quad bikes and a Land Rover Defender were stolen from the Stewartry area.

Police Scotland are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Stranraer leads the way in charity collection

Stranraer Fire Station crews' collection of recycled clothing and textiles generated more money for The Fire Fighters Charity than those at any other station in Scotland.

Around £247 was made for the charity from the donated items left at the Lewis Street station’s collection point over January.

The charity works across the UK to provide physiotherapy, nursing and psychological support programmes for serving and retired firefighters, as well as others with a connection to the service.

The station manager claimed the success of the drive was a result of the important role the station plays in the community.

"For Stranraer Fire Station to generate the most of all the collections in Scotland is an incredible achievement for everyone who took part.

“Many fire stations throughout the country are in much bigger towns and cities but our crews are certainly at the heart of the community and that’s why we’ve seen such an amazing response"

– Station Manager James Manning, the commanding officer for the Wigtownshire district
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